pace optimisation


OSI is owned by Dr. Grant Davidson and Mr. Chris Knol.


Chris Knol

Chris Knol


With a professional background as a mountain recreation guide, ski instructor, ski guide, ski patroller, river guide and past Mountain Safety Council Field Officer, as well as extensive management experience in the outdoor recreation and adventure travel industries, Chris is an experienced outdoors practitioner. This wealth of practical and administrative experience ensures he is an effective safety consultant from all aspects of organisational outdoor safety management. He has worked with a very diverse number of outdoor sector organisations, at all levels, undertaking policy intiatives, risk assesments, determining and assessing risk strategies and ensuring that maximum value is obtained from these interventions.

Chris works as an international education development project manager for Projects International.

Grant is recognised internationally for his expertise in outdoor risk management theory and application. He has completed a PhD in risk management through the School of Management Studies at Waikato University. His thesis was titled, Towards Understanding the Root Causes of Outdoor Education Incidents. He has a Masters degree in outdoor education from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Physics from Auckland University. He has a number of other awards and certificates including: Diploma of Sport and Recreation, Diploma of Teaching, Certificate of Teaching, NZOIA Bush II, Mountain II, Rock II, Kayak II, Outdoor Safety Instructor and is a former NZOIA Assessor in all of these disciplines.

Grant works as the Chief Executive of Skills Active.


Grant Davidson

Dr Grant Davidson