When safety decisions are rooted in fear, the experience of participants is compromised. When safety decisions are rooted in the conviction that healthy risk taking is necessary for the development of capable human beings, they open doors for invention, creativity, and sound risk management practices. At Kroka, we begin with the fundamental belief that healthy risk taking is essential for human development. This is grounded in our practice and philosophy of the Intuitive Guide (to learn more visit Our Approach and Core Curriculum page).

Our staff community are visionaries, risk takers, and role models who bring a wealth of experience to teaching through personal endeavors into wild places when not working with students. Kroka is committed to staff training that challenges team members to push their own limits. Two training sessions are required for guides each year. Every staff member is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Lifeguard, and our recertification program exceeds certification standards. Many staff are also certified by the American Canoe Association, the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, and the American Mountain Guides Association.


Accredited by AEEKroka Expeditions is an accredited organization through the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) since 2013. AEE is a global community of experiential educators who define professional standards, provide accreditation to organizations, and hold organizations accountable to these standards.

“AEE is truly proud to add Kroka Expeditions to our growing list of accredited programs. The integrity of the organization and the quality of their programming is exceptional. Knowing that Kroka meets the highest standards in the field of experiential education should give tremendous confidence to their participants, parents, staff, and supporters.” – Shawn Tierney, AEE Director of Accreditation, 2013

Risk Management Committee

We take seriously our commitment to rigorous safety and risk management practices. Incidents are carefully recorded by staff and then reviewed and analyzed by our risk management committee annually. The committee is made up of a dedicated cohort of outdoor professionals who also serve as a consulting body in moments of critical decision making around risk management for the organization overall.