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Wilderness First Aid Training

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Wilderness First Aid Training

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For the second year, we’re running two sessions of SOLO Wilderness First Aid at the end of February. This is a 2-day, 16-hour course that can result in a two year WFA certification. It’s a great course for anyone active in the outdoors and/or working with groups of students or adults.

Thursday-Friday Program
February 26-27, 2015

This session is intended for high school students and adults and runs from 9:30-5:30 each day. It is open to the community for a fee of $205. YouthWork & Learn students take the course without extra fee as part of their program.

Saturday-Sunday Program
Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2015

This session is open to the community and runs from 8:30-4:30 each day. The fee of $205 covers instruction, book, and lunches. For more information about the course content, see the SOLO website

For more information about the sessions, contact us at: 802-293-9300 ore mail us using this form:

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Wilderness First Aid at Smokey House

YouthWork & Learn students have been studying  survival skills this season, from fire and shelter building to emergency first aid.  This culminated in the official SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, a two-day event resulting in certificates of completion for the students.  We now have four staff members fully certified in WFA, and all our students have experience dealing with emergency care.

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Doing a “chunk check” as part of the ABCDE’s of the primary survey

In reviewing what we did and learned, Dillon wrote:  [On February 27 and 28] “we had a wilderness first aid survival course. It was for 16 hours, 8 hours each on Thursday and Friday. The instructor was named Jeremy, and he is from New Hampshire. I learned about “ABCDE”, which stands for Air (or airflow), breathing, circulation, deformity and environment. This is how we treat a patient and the order we should go in.
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We debriefed after every hands-on practice.

We also did many outside learning practices with fake injured persons. The one that stood out was with Juanita, Jim (science teacher), John (participant), and others. Juanita’s car was in the middle of the parking lot, parked sideways in the middle. Juanita was laying on the car’s hood. It appeared a drunk driver (John) hit her and Jim as well,  as he was walking with his walking stick on the side of the road. People had fake blood/injuries on themselves. I was a part of the team helping Jim. I had to hold his head so it wouldn’t move.

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Learning to make good splints

Another thing we learned about was writing/using SOAP notes. It is a document that records all the information you received from the patient if they were conscious. It can also record everything you did for a patient (checked vitals, etc). The course was a little tiring, but it was well worth it.”

When asked what he felt was the most important thing he learned in the course, Lucas replied, “not to panic.”   Being able to stop, think, and assess a situation without reacting impulsively is not only a key skill for first aid but also an important life skill.

As well as running WFA for the students, we offered a second course to the public on Saturday and Sunday, subsidized by The Tutorial Center.  We’re pleased to be able to share this opportunity with others, and we hope to sponsor the course again in the future.IMG_0020

Solo Schools Wilderness First Aid Class

Wilderness First Aid Course Offered

Solo Schools Wilderness First Aid ClassHave you ever worried about what to do when emergency care is far away? The Tutorial Center at Smokey House is pleased to be sponsoring two Wilderness First Aid courses.  The first one takes place on Feb 27 and 28, is aimed specifically at high school students. The second course, on March 1 and 2, is open to young people and adults of all ages.

This two-day, introductory course provides knowledge and hands-on practice in prevention, recognition, and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Taught by SOLO instructors, WFA certification is provided upon completion of the course.

This is course is a must for teachers, group leaders, coaches, and outdoor enthusiasts as well as for student athletes and leaders. Students benefit, along with the practical skills, from the academic connections to biology and anatomy, health, and PE. The course develops skills in leadership, problem solving, and self-­‐confidence, and it’s a great resume builder.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at The Tutorial Center at Smokey House is a two-day, sixteen-hour introductory course that provides knowledge and hands-on practice in prevention, recognition, and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Taught by SOLO instructors, WFA certification is provided upon completion of the course.

When:
Thurs. Feb. 27 & Fri. Feb. 28 – 9:30-5:30
(Note: The Thu.Fri. class is aimed at high school students and young adults. Limited space available.)
Sat. Mar. 1 & Sun. Mar. 2 – 8:30-4:30

Where:
The Tutorial Center at Smokey House Center
426 Danby Mountain Road, Danby, VT 05739

Cost: $195 – including course tuition, WFA book, snacks and lunch

For information and registration: Contact Juanita Burch-Clay using this convenient form:
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