These courses are designed to meet the needs of both the outdoor enthusiast and the healthcare provider. All courses will be scenario-based so be prepared to be outside and get dirty. The goal is to allow participants to learn to use the gear they typically use to improvise first aid treatment for common injuries and illnesses. Currently our courses are offered for groups - so if you are interested in having us come and teach please contact us. In the future we will have a schedule available for individuals.
Mountain Biking Medicine
What are the most common injuries suffered by mountain bikers? How can you use what you carry to improvise medical treatment for yourself or your riding buddies? This course covers common injuries in mountain biking and trailside treatment for these conditions. The course is available for both healthcare providers and for mountain bike enthusiasts. This will be a hands-on course with scenario-based learning. Contact us for more details.
Rock Climbing Medicine
What would you do if your climbing partner takes a lead fall and is dangling above you, unconscious? What would you do if someone's hair gets stuck in their ATC while rappelling? Learn the basics of self rescue and learn to identify and treat common injuries that occur during climbing. Improvisational skills including rope litter building, c-spine immobilization and improvised splinting will be discussed.
There is nothing like escaping into the woods for a weekend of fun - but are you prepared for a medical emergency? This class will teach basic first aid skiils for wilderness adventures. You will learn some tricks for handling common backcountry injuries and illnesses. Learn how to improvise care with things you typically carry. Discuss first aid essentials and build your own backpacking first aid kit.
What will you do when your kayaking buddy misses a roll and dislocates a shoulder? What about that gash on your forehead from the rock? Learn improvisation skills for water activities and explore common injuries and hazards on the river. Learn how to use what you have to help your friends and yourself.
Are you a scuba diver or do you hang out in areas where people dive? Learn the most common injuries and emergency situations that occur underwater, on the surface and after diving, and learn how to manage them. We can teach skills like deep and shallow water egresses, medical assessment and management, what to take with you, and how to utilize dive equipment in a medical emergency. Be prepared for your next trip or for the unexpected emergency!
Does your group have a specific need? We can work with groups to design classes from hours to days to meet your individual needs. We have experience working with all ages and ability levels. We are happy to work with scout and youth groups. Contact us and let us know what we can design for your group.