WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASS
YOU'RE IN CHARGE AND SOMEONE IS HURT
WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?
You Are In Charge and Help Is Far Away.
Would You Know What To Do? Learn Wilderness First Aid
DATES: May 22 & 23, 2021
8am to 5 pm (16 hours) *Please note this class is only taught 2 times a year. There is no “makeup” session. You must attend each full day. Space is limited to first 10 people.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
Let’s face it, accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Someone’s head hurts, another person is having gut pain – Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning and implementing a well-tested first aid skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
Wilderness First Aid is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants an advanced level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA and Boy Scouts of America guidelines.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The Wilderness First Aid class is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. The class meets or exceeds standards set by Boy Scouts of America.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
Wilderness First Aid courses are taught at our East Sandwich, MA location. See Schedule.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Wilderness First Aid courses are taught at our East Sandwich, MA location and tuition fee is just $299 (tuition only).
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are several smaller, written assessments throughout the course.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes! You will receive a ASHI Wilderness First Aid certification, which is good for two (2) years.
DOES WILDERNESS FIRST AID COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
It might. We’re happy to fill out any paperwork from schools or organizations you may have. Don’t forget to bring it with you. The Wilderness First Aid may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying other agency Wilderness First Responder programs.
Length: 16 hours
Certification: 2- year ASHI Wilderness First Aid cert, nationally recognized. Meets or exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition
Age Restriction: minimum age is 14
*Attendees Must Have Current CPR card. A CPR recertification course is available on the Friday night directly proceeding the Wilderness First Aid class, which is Sat and Sunday.
Our Wilderness Training Uses a 4-Pronged Approach
CLASSROOM: This is the didactic part of our training, the traditional setting where the instructor stands before the students and gives lectures, presentations, and demonstrations, writes on chalkboards or white boards, and sometimes shows videos or PowerPoint presentations. Student participation is greatly encouraged and there is always time for lively Q & A. Hours at a desk is wearying—we punctuate the time with ample breaks.
PRACTICE: Time is set aside during each day for the practice of specific skills—assessing a patient, building a splint, improvising a litter, etc. Typically, students break up into pairs or small groups to work on the chosen skill until everyone feels confident and comfortable. A lot of peer-to-peer learning goes on, and the instructor(s) are always rotating among the groups to offer insights, tips, and encouragement. We believe in hands-on training!
SCENARIOS: One thing that sets our training apart is the frequent use of realistic, often dramatic, medical emergencies set up as real-life scenarios. We use the same makeup and props that Hollywood uses to make wilderness accidents look realistic as we create mock emergencies. Fake blood, broken bones, and student-coaching create scenes that look and feel very real—it’s a great learning environment. All students get a chance to be both patients and caregivers.
TESTING: Formal assessment is part of all education, and most of our classes involve testing of some kind, from as basic as the chance to demonstrate learned skills at the end of a session, to group scenario exams, to formal written tests, and even computer-based testing (for advanced certifications). We do our best to adequately prepare our students for any testing and try to make the process as stress-free as possible. We have an excellent pass rate on all exams.
SIGNUP FOR WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASS
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