At Risk Traveler Program (ART-P)

The At Risk Traveler Program is a client-centric and comprehensive curriculum delivered in both academic and practical application form and draws from a multitude of individual courses specifically selected to address criminal threats a domestic and international traveler may encounter. ART-P provides relevant risk mitigating techniques and develops the skills necessary to improve practically any adverse situation you might find yourself in.

The bottom line is we live in dangerous times, and as such it is important to take the precautionary measures needed to mitigate the threats we face. Our ART Program provides the client with exactly what they need to do just that!

Corporate executives and management shoulder a great deal of responsibility when it comes to the daily operations and overall success of any business. One area where companies must put in a great deal of effort is the topic of Risk Management. While it’s impossible to reduce risk completely, experienced leadership knows how important it is to systematically analysis their operating environment in order to clearly identify an acceptable level of risk. Equally important is the need to be able to clearly articulate what risk mitigation steps have been taken to ensure the company is functioning at or below the threshold of acceptable risk. Failing to do so can open a company up to significant liability should the worst occur. When coupled with the ethical obligation to protect your workforce, the choice to invest in ART-P is a clear signal that you take these responsibility seriously.

Our program is tailored to meet the client needs in order to establish a solid academic foundation and then deliver more in-depth, specialized training in the many supporting topics utilizing a systematic training approach.

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Blue Spear SymbolComprehensive Situational Control is an in-depth and user friendly program designed to provide simple and adaptable solutions to a complex variety of dangerous encounters an individual might face. The course is designed to shape our Clients’ mentality and approach to daily life in such a way that they become highly proficient at recognizing and avoiding critical situations while simultaneously arming them with the ability to recover from those situations should the need arise. It is best to think of CSC as the “software” that enables our Clients to better employ the skills taught in all supplemental courses. Every technique introduced in follow on training is just a part of a readily available “tool box” which is applied in accordance with the principles of CSC in order to quickly and safely resolve a critical situation. After all, anyone can be shown how to properly shoot a firearm or apply an arm bar. The real value in the training with Blue Spear comes from learning how to not have to, and then learning how to do it correctly if you have no other choice. The bottom line is that CSC is fundamentally aimed at instilling the proper mindset and mechanics of controlling and positively influencing your situation.


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Comprehensive pre-trip planning is critical to a successful journey and unfortunately it is often poorly done by the majority of travelers. Pre-Trip Planning is the initial course following C.S.C. because of its importance and relevance to travel outside of your local area and the great benefit it will provide the traveler. During PTP, we cover critical precautionary measures you can institute before you ever leave your home. A few topics include smart and secure travel scheduling, utilizing safety backstops such as emergency contacts lists and itinerary sharing, and much much more. In addition we take an in depth look at how to create and understand a destination study report and provide an overview of the various programs  (many of which are free) in place, dedicated to assisting in your safe travel and return. Finally, we introduce pro-active security tactics, techniques and procedures you can employ during transit and while at your destination. Although the module title is ‘Pre-Trip’ it also encompasses proper travel to and selection of lodging at destination. When utilized the information in this module alone will make you a ‘Hard Target’.

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Counter Surveillance and Avoidance are an imperative skill set for possible targets. This module builds off the principles covered during C.S.C. and details their application to the most commonly experienced threats facing travelers across the globe. Upon completion of CSA you will posses the ability to deter, and quickly detect surveillance targeting you. You will also fully understand what techniques to employ if targeted. Beyond the realm of understanding target acquisition you will be armed with a kit bag of tools to avoid traps often employed to exploit and/or abduct travelers less equipped travelers.


Once you complete the Urban Evasion portion of the program we guarantee you’ll never look at a city the same way again. Here we arm you with the requisite understanding and essential skills necessary to effectively and discreetly move through any urban landscape; permissive or hostile.

Some of the topics covered are:

-City Layouts
-Urban Orientation and Navigation
-Passive acquisition
-Our very own CLOAK Principle

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Introduction to Captivity is simply put: the best training we hope you’ll never need. During this phase of the program you’ll learn vital lifesaving principles which will guide your actions throughout the 3 distinct stages of a captivity event including how to survive initial capture, assess your captors and the environment, prioritize your survival needs, the use of our proprietary STOP technique, and how to apply the art of de-escalation introduced in C.S.C. to this unique setting.

Debt Relief

R.D.E.C. (pronounced Riddock) is the culminating lesson and is designed to develop the escape mindset and furnish you with an arsenal of skills to enable your own recovery.

Case Studies

* Our ART-P Case studies are broken down to provide a perspective from a business and an individual perspective.
From the Business Perspective:

The hostage, Flavia Wagner, was the first woman to be held in isolation by kidnappers in Darfur, where she was subjected to mock executions and threatened with gang rape. She was released but later sued her former employer in federal court, accusing Samaritan’s Purse of failing to properly train its employees and ignoring signs of kidnapping threats. A study of Sudanese kidnapping cases commissioned by the Wagner family found that out of 10 Westerners kidnapped, the average hostage was held for just 14 days and all had ransoms of roughly $100,000 paid. In court-ordered testimony, attorneys for the now-shuttered security company retained by Samaritan’s Purse said it “obeyed the directions of that foreign country and the policy of the State Department.” A minimal, undisclosed ransom was indeed paid, according to federal court documents filed in the case, but it wasn’t until more than three months had passed. Representatives of Wagner declined to comment further on the case, while attorneys for Samaritan’s Purse said it did not pay a ransom for Wagner’s release and that Wagner participated in security training prior to her deployment. “Samaritan’s Purse ultimately entered into a settlement agreement with Ms. Wagner, which was not an admission of liability in any respect,” a lawyer for the aid group explained, adding that it denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

* Our ART-P Case studies are broken down to provide a perspective from a business and an individual perspective.
Individual Perspective:

From the Business Perspective:

CPT Wren Thomas Captain Wren Thomas was kidnapped from the Chouest boat he captained and held for more than two weeks in the Nigerian swamp. Thomas claims the Galliano-headquartered oilfield service company showed a conscious disregard for himself and crew which led to his kidnapping.

About 3 a.m. the C-Retriever was attacked by pirates.

Thomas and his crew hid in the bulk tank room for six hours. Eventually, the pirates armed with AK-47 and an angle grinder breached the room and Thomas and the ship’s chief engineer were kidnapped.

He was taken to multiple holding camps, were he was tortured and held captive for 18 days and “developed a realistic expectation of his immanent death.”

His lawsuit claims the ordeal caused permanent damage, including post-traumatic stress disorder, mental pain, financial difficulties and marital discord as well as causing him to surrender his Coast Guard license because of the inability to pass a physical.

Grozny Case Study

* Our ART-P Case studies are broken down to provide a perspective from a business and an individual perspective.
From the Business Perspective:

The 1998 abduction of foreign engineers took place when four United Kingdom-based specialists were seized by unidentified Chechen gunmen in Grozny, the capital of the independent Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI). After more than two months in captivity, all four men were found brutally murdered, reportedly following a failed rescue bid by the Chechen separatist security forces. As of 2009, no one has been tried in this case. The victims were three Britons: Peter Kennedy (46) of Hereford, Darren Hickey (27) from Surrey, Rudi Petschi (42) of Devon, and New Zealand-born Stan Shaw (58). The four men had been working for Granger Telecom, a British telecommunication company which had won a £183m contract for the separatist government-run company Chechentelekom to install telephone lines, satellite links and a mobile phone system throughout the war-ravaged republic; the work was suspended after the four men were kidnapped. The slayings were a major blow to the efforts of the breakaway republic to gain international recognition of its declaration of independence. Kidnappings had become common in Chechnya since the end of the First Chechen War in 1996, as the ruined region’s fledging separatist government failed to maintain law and order, but the hostages at the time were rarely killed, and no other kidnapped foreigners were murdered.

His lawsuit claims the ordeal caused permanent damage, including post-traumatic stress disorder, mental pain, financial difficulties and marital discord as well as causing him to surrender his Coast Guard license because of the inability to pass a physical.

In April 2002, the British government was forced to apologize to the widow of Rudi Petschi, over the way her husband’s kidnap and murder had been handled. In June 2003, the families of three hostages sued for more than £1m in compensation from their former employers.

Dolphin Drilling Kidnap Case Study
* Our ART-P Case studies are broken down to provide a perspective from a business and an individual perspective.
From the Business Perspective:
Dolphin Drilling Kidnapping Incident (Nigeria)
Oil worker Gordon Gray was kidnapped and held for five days along with seven other workers after an attack in the Niger Delta. Mr Gray’s ordeal resulted in a lawsuit against his employer, seeking damages of £250,000 claiming the incident left him traumatized.The lawsuit resulted in widespread media attention and a “full review of security” by Dolphin Drilling.
All operations were ceased, with company stating: “It will take as long as it takes”
Mr Clark the attorney representing Gray stated:
 “The action is based on the fact that his employers, an experienced company working in that area of the world, are aware that there has been security issues in Africa for a number of years. “Particularly just preceding this event there had been warnings of security issues, breaches etcetera, and therefore they had a general duty of care to the employee to ensure his safety as far it is reasonably possible to do.” Mr Gray’s action alleges Dolphin Drilling failed to take standard security measures which could have prevented the incident.

This course is available at our home location or via our Mobile Training Team.

Who can benefit from ART-P?

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or live in a higher risk area ART-P can provide you numerous benefits. Most important of which is the possible lifesaving skills you will learn. Below are a few more great benefits to this training.
  • Kidnapping and ransom are an unfortunate and real threat in the world we live in. Our training is a key element in your ability to mitigate that risk.
  • ART-P allows our Personnel Recovery experts to provide you with a time tested knowledge base as well as equip you with the skills that may very well save your life.
  • A small investment on this training could save your life and preserve your freedom.
  • A greater confidence! Once empowered with this knowledge you will enjoy the confidence in your ability to properly survive and thrive in these volatile areas and situations. This translates to a more productive and generally enjoyable experience in your day to day activities.
  • Ability to protect your loved ones. The knowledge and skills you gain in our course will also allow you the ability to better protect and safeguard those you care about.
  • Possible discounts on Kidnap & Ransom Insurance for clients.
As a business your employees are your family and therefore it is your responsibility to properly safeguard and protect them to the fullest extent possible. ART-P provides the means to that end.  Your employees will receive the benefits articulated in the ‘individual tab’. Below are some of the benefits of our program from a corporate perspective.
  • Business ventures carry your clients into areas all over the world; ART-P allows you a higher level of confidence when sending your employees into the more volatile of those areas.
  • The exploitation of an employee or a work site can have long term devastating affects on a company. ART-P is aimed at preventing this from happening all together, but also addresses measures to minimize the impact of such an event. Both serve to minimize disruption to the organization.
  • Reduced risk for loss of life, intellectual property, and physical assets; translation – improved reputation and increased employee safety and morale. All of which means a better bottom line for you company.
  • A small investment on this training could save you exponentially in comparison to a payout or increased premiums on K&R insurance.
  • Possible discounts on Kidnap & Ransom Insurance for clients.


The preceding outline detailed the standard At Risk Traveler Program; however, our consultants specialize in customizing course curriculum to address your organizations specific needs and/or destinations.

In addition, we can be particularly flexible with how we deliver the instruction to your workforce. This allows you to single out your employees for the most appropriate level of training and proficiency. By identifying your higher risk population of travelers our team can ensure a significantly smaller instructor to client ratio for more involved practical exercises, greater focus on individual needs, and a more personalized experience, all at little to no additional cost. In doing so, you can arm your entire workforce with the requisite academic background and essential skill sets of the program in a larger group setting while dedicating our full resources to those who need it most.


Ours is a labor of love and we’re driven by a passion for providing clients with an unparalleled experience. We offer transparent pricing, no hidden fees, and many service options/add-ons for little to no additional costs. All of which adds up to serious savings and the comfort of knowing we’re not out to nickel and dime you. Below are a few benefits our graduates enjoy:
  1. Free Video Teleconference/Telephonic contact with our consultants to answer program based questions.
  2. Follow up refresher training of any/all ART-P academics and practical exercises at a fraction of the original package price.
  3. Discounts on the Guardian Program.


shield-confidentialityDue to the sensitive nature of our training we maintain strict confidentiality of all our clients and do not release names of trainees or companies that utilize our services, except by request of the client for training verification purposes.

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