Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wilderness Survival Course, July 28

Wilderness Survival & Adventure First Aid
July 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Join Leave No Trace wilderness coach Mike Stahlman of Eco-Expedition Educators to learn the basics of wilderness first aid and build confidence as an outdoors enthusiast on the trails on Glen Helen. Course covers survival basics, including how to prepare ignition sources, creating simple shelters, fabricating stretchers and splits from scratch, finding and purifying water—and basic stabilization including taking baseline vitals and shock treatment.

Participants leave with certifications as Emergency First Responders in CPR/Primary & Secondary Care, valid for areas within 30 minutes of a hospital.

Where :
This all day course meets in the Glen Helen Building Auditorium, located at 405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs Ohio. The round limestone and cedar building will function as home base for the day, with a good amount of experiential learning happening on (and off) the trails of Glen Helen.

The Details :
The course runs from 8am to 6pm on Saturday, July 28. Please bring a brown bag lunch, and dress for strenuous outdoor activity. There is no rain date; course proceeds rain or shine.

Contact to register by July 13. $175 includes kit and certification, $150 for Glen members. There is a minimum class size of 6, and a maximum of 16.

About the Instructor :
Stahlman began his career planning and executing Leave No Trace Expeditions in West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio, and North Carolina. He spent the past five years receiving rope rescue training in Vertical Rope Rescue, Rescue Rigging, Rappelling and Rope Technique, and High Ropes Course facilitation, working as a lead guide for a canopy tours and zip line in southeastern Ohio. Over the past three years he has instructed college students and civilians how to scuba dive on Andros Island Bahamas through Columbus Scuba Inc. and in Ohio as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI.

Stahlman received a degree in Eco-Tourism and Adventure Travel from Hocking College and another degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources from WVU. In West Viriginia, he volunteered as a full time EMT-B for Star City Fire Department taking fire calls, 911’s and transports. Through Remote Medical International, Stahlman is trained as a Wilderness EMT and a U.S. Coast Guard Medical Person in Charge, and has operated as a remote medic for an education field station called Forfar on the most remote island in the Bahamas. Currently, he teaches EFR and American Heart Association classes as well as certification specifically for scuba diving through Diver’s Alert Network.

Stahlman’s “Intro to Leave No Trave Backpacking and Adventure 1st Aid” course has recently been accredited by Hocking College for 2 semester credits.

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