- Estimated Cost: $130
- Deposit: $130
- Max Trip Size: 12 people
If you are on a trip far from help and a friend is injured or sick, what do you do? How do you decide whether they are fine, what help they need, whether you need to get them out or take care of them while someone goes for help?
Wilderness First Aid is defined as first aid in situations an hour or more from assistance. This is a 16-hour class that teaches about common injuries and illnesses in a wilderness situation, which may require you to do much more than call 911 and care for the person until the ambulance arrives in 5 minutes. This course provides first aid training for remote areas where lack of ready access to medical care requires skills and techniques beyond standard first aid.
Topics will include: what is wilderness first aid, patient assessment; chest injuries; shock; head and spine injuries; bone and join injuries; wounds; hypothermia; heat problems; submersion incidents; medical issues; moving a victim; evacuation guidelines; improvisation, first aid kits and more.
Tom O’Neal, the instructor, is a longtime wilderness first responder, who has taught a wide range of first responders. He is a Scoutmaster, and a sea kayaker. He works as a bike medical responder at various events including the Twin Cities Marathon. He teaches WFA classes to a variety of outwo or groups.
This is a 16-hour class on Saturday and Sunday, which will be taught at Tom’s office building in downtown Minneapolis. The class presents various outdoor scenarios, and ways to approach assessing situations, planning for outcomes, and prioritizing interventions. Class is from 8am – 5pm each day.
Participants will receive a certificate AND Rover members can request a $50 reimbursement from the club after completing the class. Rovers Membership is a requirement to sign up for this 2-day class.