Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wilderness First Aid?

Plans are slowly taking shape to offer several versions of Wilderness First Aid this summer for our volunteers, offered by Aerie Wilderness Medicine and heavily subsidized by the grant the Student Conservation Association received this winter from Boeing Corporation. Plans are still coming together, but you can sketch these dates onto your calendars:

Wilderness First Aid will almost certainly be offered on July 12-13. We're checking instructor availablity to see how large that class can be (one instructor per 15 or so students). We're thinking we'll offer a second WFA later in the season -- maybe mid-August or perhaps early September?

Wilderness Advanced First Aid: Both the mid-August and early September dates would also/instead be good for a Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course, or even late July. That will be a 4-day weekend offering -- arrive Thursday night, leave Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Wilderness First Responder: We'll also post a WFR, probably for mid-August, and we're toying with the idea of 3 weekends in a row -- long weekend, normal weekend, long weekend. We're not sure we'll have enough interest in that one and Aerie would prefer to run it as one continuous, 8-day session -- what do you think?

FYI, there are no prerequisites for any of these classes. WAFA is just a more hands-on version of WFA. WFR is a much more thorough and complete class in general, but all three start with the basics and provide a great overview of wilderness medicine.

So, watch this blog and our project calendar for details. When they're finalized, you'll be able to register online from this website. Meanwhile, if you haven't done so already, feel free to let us know if you're interested in any of these courses, and when you're available.

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