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Wilderness First Aid training

Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:00AM - Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 12:00PM


Mountain Research Station

818 County Road 118, Nederland, CO

The Mountain Research Station will be hosting a spring Wilderness First Aid class in June. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" In this fast-paced and hands-on course, you will learn how to prepare for the unexpected. In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This course is ideal for field scientists, trip leaders, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals in remote locations.

 The course will take place on Friday 6/17/22 and Saturday 6/18/22 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Mountain Research Station. Class size is limited to 15 persons.

Our instructor this year will once again be Mike Zawaski. Mike is an outdoor educator, college instructor, field researcher, and climber who has been bridging formal and informal education with the outdoors for 25 years. Mike holds a PhD from CU Boulder in geology, has surveyed Inca monuments for their astronomical significance, and has worked courses for Outward Bound climbing glaciated peaks, rafting down rivers, and kayaking on the ocean for 22 years. This is Mike's 21st year with NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He has a long history in wilderness risk management as a wildland firefighter/EMT, and member of Yosemite NP Search and Rescue, plus he is the author of Snow Travel through the Mountaineers Books Outdoor Expert series.

We are offering a NOLS Wilderness Medicine curriculum. The certification is good for two years. Topics covered include patient assessment system, emergency and evacuation plans, spine injury, head injury, shock, wilderness wound management, musculoskeletal injury, heat illness, cold injury, lightning, altitude illness, medical patients, and anaphylaxis. This course does not include CPR. The MRS is planning to host a separate CPR course this summer, date TBD, email for more details.

Find more information about the class on the NOLS website.


: $235