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Wilderness First Aid for Paddlers Course

03/04/2023 - 03/05/2023

This two-day course immerses participants in basic wilderness medicine procedures, preparing individuals to take immediate action when an outdoor activity doesn’t go as planned and 911 responders are hours away. Time is split between interactive classroom sessions and hands-on field scenarios to prepare participants and help them quickly develop basic backcountry medical care skills. The course focus is on patient assessment, stabilization and emergency treatment of issues such as hypothermia and snakebites, as well as understanding when and how to attempt evacuation. This course includes additional focus for paddlesports, including wound cleaning and closure, as well as the reduction of simple shoulder dislocations. Participants will emerge capable of calmly responding to a wide variety of emergency situations.

All participants will need to be dressed in clothing that can be stained and/or damaged, as the program is heavily hands on, and moulage will be used to promote training authenticity.

Participants will need to be prepared to be outside for some of the training hours, regardless of weather conditions, unless hazardous (storms or extreme heat or cold). Participants should bring whatever items they commonly carry during a paddling day trip (except for their boats!), as improvisational concepts are an important aspect of this course.

All mandatory program supplies and course field guide are provided by Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators (OSRE) as part of the program cost.

Successful completion of the entire program will result in a three year nationally recognized Wilderness First Aid Certification through Sierra Rescue International.

Location Information:

Paddle Stop 1100 Miller Street, New Haven, MO.

The Paddle Stop can sell breakfast, lunch, dinner. You’re welcome to bring a cooler with
your own food. Their Paddle Stop Brewery will likely have live music Sat. night, so feel free to have folks
meet you. There is free, first come first serve, rustic camping across the street, with an adjacent
bath/shower building.

Taught by Tom Burroughs- NREMT/Wilderness EMT and co-sponsored by the Sierra Club.

Approx 8am-5:30pm both days.

Cost: $175


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Sierra Club


Paddle Stop
1100 Miller Street
New Haven, MO 63068 United States
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