About Us

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is a national organisation and incorporated society with a mandate from our member organisations to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.
The organisation operates from the high tide mark to the peak of Aoraki/Mount Cook and is principally focused on abseil techniques, alpine skills, avalanche awareness, bushcraft (walking, camping, tramping and survival), firearms safety, outdoor and workplace first aid, outdoor safety, risk management and river safety.

The Council currently consists of 25 Member Organisations and 1 Associate Member organisation with a vested interest in safety, including Government agencies, national youth organisations and industry associations; an Executive Committee whose role is to provide governance; a National Office with full and part-time staff; a number of technical advisory and standing committees as well as 28 regional branches supporting more than 1500 instructors.

Our Mission is to:

  • Enable people to enjoy their recreation safely in the outdoors.
  • Foster positive community support for outdoor safety.
  • Promote the development and maintenance of national outdoor safety standards for land-based activities.

Our desired outcome is: people participating safely in land-based outdoor activities

Our Goals:

  • Increased number of leaders/teachers/ instructors/guides are inspired, inspiring, competent and retained as leaders.
  • Groups and Clubs effectively promote and deliver increased safety in the outdoors.
  • Commercial operators operate safely.
  • The community is more aware of outdoor safety.
  • MSC is financially strong.
  • The community is more aware of outdoor safety.