Heading into the wilds where good communication and safety go hand in hand

The5Voices team are about to embark on another adventure bringing our voice coaching to
assist teachers and educators in outdoor settings.

We have developed an exciting new programme that helps instructors working in outdoor
activity centres understand the importance of good vocal tone.

Working in an outdoor environment is highly varied and weather conditions are often
unpredictable. This results in the human body and voice being challenged and tested in
many different ways.

Voice projection and protection is essential for instructors to ensure everyone is safe,
whether it’s speaking to youngsters who are high in the air on ropes or zip wires, splashing
around in kayaks or canoes, playing games in large open spaces or simply socialising in the
dining area.

To deliver the programme, Katie, a physiotherapist will be working with us. Katie is an
expert in sports injuries and the importance of breath on the physical body. She is well-
known to The5Voices and has collaborated with Lesley on many occasions, teaching
teachers and trainee teachers.

We began with interviews in December for all the participants. Clarissa, our voice teacher
and SLT, and Katie, spoke with each person individually to assess the environments they
worked in and the support they needed.

A four-hour training course over four weeks will begin in January 2023.

We are all very excited by this new venture and we are confident that our techniques will
have a positive impact on the outdoor activity industry.

Self-Analysis Voice Test

You will need to be able to use your voice at a professional skills level in order to communicate effectively in the classroom.  Read and consider the following statements.  Mark each statement yes or no according to your view of your voice.

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