April 2013

wildweather1The North Carolina Outward Bound School hosted a WFR at their Table Rock Base Camp in late March. Instructors Justin Doroshenko and Scooter Timm watched 23 WFR students splint, bandage, assess, and rock out for nine crazy days. Weather ranged from frigid snow to blowing rain to balmy sun.wildweather2

In addition to 11 open enrollment students, this course included 12 students participating in the Outward Bound Outdoor Leadership Course from all over the US -- and even Guadaloupe! We wish the OLC students the best of luck as they finish up their fifty (!) day course.

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The April EMT Intensive has come to a successful close. All students have passed the written and practical portions of our course and are awaiting the North Carolina and National Registry written exams. Great group of folks that really bonding together over 3 weeks. Amazingly, we would find these folks all in the classroom practicing, studying, and quizzing each other after normal class hours - pretty often. The evaluators for the practical exam stated that this class of students were exceptional in their performance, potentially testing better than a group of rising paramedics that also tested that same day. Thanks to all of you in the April EMT Intensive that made our time together meaningful and fun as Spring set in on Cane Creek.newblog

http://www.rapidmedia.com/canoeing/categories/news/item/779-canoeist-dies-at-ain-t-louie-fest.html Yes, whitewater is inherently dangerous, there is even a sticker in the hull of our boats that says so. It is amazing to hear stories of skilled paddlers dying on rapids that many of us have paddled over and over again without the dark consideration of death at the base of the drop. Applause to the fellow paddlers and friends that worked diligently with the rescue efforts on the day of this tragic event at the Sinks section of the Little River in the Smokies, TN. It seems we can never be prepared enough. It is key that we all practice our rescue skills before we need them. The more we can anticipate, the better we respond. The 2012 National River Accident data points to experienced private boaters, paddling difficult whitewater and entrapments as a trend. Scouting and setting safety will continue to be our mainstays for prevention. Love and hugs to the families and paddlers that were and are so greatly affected on this March day at the Little.

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Week two is a challenge for all. Week two encompasses all the medical topics in the beginning of the week including birthing babies. By week's end we are knee deep in the world of trauma care. Our students continue to push through, honing new skills and digesting the pathophysiology involved in what they see and the 'whys' of their treatments. Students's Emergency Department and EMS clinical experiences solidify what they have learned in the classroom in real world context. For many students, this experience has begun their journey as a witness to society. With one week to go, having come so far since week one, this experience has opened a door to the world of medicine and what it has to offer. Rather than fatigue dominating their efforts, they show hunger to understand and do more to learn new skills. It is this that carries and motivates them into week three. It is the students that raise the bar for us as instructors and the reason it is such a joy to be part of their journey.
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Rob Barham and Eli Helbert just wrapped up another awesome WFR for Landmark Learning.  This time they were just outside of beautiful Cape Girardeau, MO with the Eden Guides and Southeastern MO State University.  With only eight students, we all bonded quickly and focused on learning and practicing the skills required to help our friends in time of danger.  We are proud of this group and confident they will be ready to respond when needed.

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We started off our April EMT Intensive with a great group of folks from all over - with the furthest traveling from Texas. Many of our students this course are current WMI WFR's who are attending our course to turn their WFR into a WEMT. The weather this first week was quite chilly and wet as we started clinical. Already we are hearing clinical stories of CPR and patient care. As an instructor it is always amazing to see how fast our students are able to develop into EMT's with their assessment skills and the use of a new medical language. EMT week 1

Landmark Instructor Jason Carter got to head off to (a surprisingly quiet and camper free) Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, Georgia to teach another WFA course for the staff and local outdoor enthusiasts.  Local outdoor jobseekers, climbing guides, camp staff, and future Philmont trekkers made up the class and got two days of scenarios and lessons to prepare them for their outdoor pursuits.
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Thanks to Kim and Stephen for hosting and keeping up with their office work and summer preparations all while accommodating the WFA students.  Jason really appreciated the quiet beauty of Camp Glisson before all the summer staff and campers arrive and hopes the folks at camp have a great summer!
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Scooter Timm and Jason Carter got to head to wild and wonderful Blowing Rock, NC, to teach a WFR to 30 new students. Students came from across the country with backgrounds in the military, some practicing/studying EMTs, college undergraduate programs, graduate programs, a few college professors, and several from the hard working world of the outdoor industry. It was a great group of energetic folks learning to treat medical emergencies in a variety of conditions. They faced the challenge through scenarios of snowboarders with chest injuries, snowboarders with head injuries, snowboarders having a heart attack, and even a hot air balloon crash...full of snowboarders. They dealt with unpredictable environmental challenges that the High country is known for, sometimes they were basking in the sun, and sometimes they bundled up to stay warm and dry from the snow or driving rain, followed by warming by the fire.

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Landmark Learning just completed a WFR at a brand new location at the Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve in Charlotte, NC. We were very excited to bring a WMI course to the Charlotte area. Reedy Creek is part of the Mecklenburg County Parks, located near UNCC. The course was taught at an indoor "picnic pavilion" (an understatement!) immediately adjacent to beautiful hardwood forest and an expansive system of well-maintained trails. 19 students joined us including 2 Parks and Rec staff. Landmark offered an ACA Kayak Instructor course for Mecklenburg Parks and Rec staff last summer, but this was our first wilderness medicine course. A surprise snow on the first day was followed by a beautiful and mostly sunny week. Thanks to the students and Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation for a great week. We're looking forward to coming back for a Wilderness First Aid course next month!

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