June 2013

Landmark Learning was pleased to attend, support and teach at the 9th Annual SEWMC held in Chattanooga, TN. Our pre-conference training with the WMI Wilderness Medicine for the Professional Practitioner taught by Justin Padgett and Rob Barham was a ton of fun at the speed of light. Thank you for all of the MD's, PA's, and RN folks that attended and played along with all of our hands on activities along side the Tennessee River. Thanks to Rob Barham and the Occoee Adventure Center's support for the successful coordination of our American Canoe Association's Essentials of River Safety and Rescue course conducted during the conference on the Ocoee River, TN. Lots of wet, hands on fun! The SEWMC is a Wilderness Medical Society affiliated conference with CME for advanced medical care providers. Thanks to all who attend the Wilderness Rescue Knots workshops with Justin - stay in the loop and keep practicing! Looking forward to seeing you next year at the 10th Annual Southeastern Wilderness Medicine Conference 2014!   logo  

Move over crock pots and 8 piece china sets, wedding registration has just entered the 21st century. We love "firsts" at Landmark Learning and could not resist sharing what one bride has deemed the perfect way to celebrate getting hitched with her groom- registering for a Swiftwater Rescue course with Landmark Learning!

We personally cannot think of a better way to kick off your new life together than bonding over learning new skills and while having an adventure of a lifetime. So next time you are needing a gift idea or just wanting to treat yourself, think outside the box and remember that a Landmark Learning course is a unique gift for any thrill seeker that will not be soon forgotten. To get more information on Swiftwater Rescue or any of our other courses we offer, just visit our website at www.landmarklearning.org or click here for our course calendar.

Finding oneself through the haze of material and newly learned skills on week 2 always proves to be a challenge. This group is up to the challenge. They have learned a lot about each other and see the reality that good patient care is dependent on the skills of many with each playing their role for good patient outcome. They study together and hone their skills as equal partners regardless of the appearance of hierarchy. Tired but still hungry to be more, they see more clearly today where they started and how far they have come. With one week left and still more clinical opportunity, the students are proving to themselves, they can do this!Deanblog

Communtiy Relief Photo

The NOLS Blog highlights the redesigned Community Relief Medic Course by Landmark Learning and includes the course outline and contact information. Click here to check it out.    


Scooter and Jason spent a hot 9 days in May down in Clemson University for their inaugural WFR course. Students were a mix of college students, graduate students, professors, camp directors, and university program directors, and they were a great group to teach medicine to. Learning in the classroom was backed up by skills and practice scenarios and we had the opportunity to hang out in the Clemson Experimental forest. Paddlers got to unite at 12 mile creek for some playboating and basic boating skills and a close knit gang of students got to meet together for a student birthday BBQ at the Clemson rifle range after class (Happy 30th Turner!).


The class was a memorable one for a number of reasons. On the way back from a late evening/early morning rescue, 18 eager wfrs and their instructors stopped to check in on a car wreck and offer assistance (no one was hurt and they refused any offers for help, but were appreciative) and at the conclusion of the course, one of the students stepped in and responded to a person having a seizure outside his office and resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital for the patient. As the student stated to his instructors in a text message: "This training works."


Good luck to South Carolina's 18 newest WFRs and we look forward to coming back to Clemson!

Instructors Justin Padgett, Rob Barham, Deane Hodde and Mairi Padgett all spent time with our EMT Intensive students on week one. We came to the consensus that our group of "will be EMT's" this round are dedicated to community, the EMT curriculum and the practice we prescribe. Not to mention they all came with intact senses of humor. The week one written exam came and went like the breeze.....smart people. Looking forward to the rest of our course with these folks. week1

In 2010 I took a Wilderness First Responder class from Landmark learning on a whim. A good friend of mine needed the certification for a trip leading position he would hold that summer and I had always been curious about the course since my days working at a summer camp outside Asheville. From that point whether I knew it or not I was hooked and on a path toward the medical field.

That course served me well over the next few years during several outdoor trips, but most importantly it, combined with a 2010 medical trip to Uganda, sparked an interest in medicine that has put me on a new course. In September of 2012 I made a plan to leave Chicago and return home to South Carolina and shift gears as a pre-med undergrad at the age of 27. As I was looking for a way to go ahead and jump into the field, I recalled my great experience in WFR and remembered that Landmark offered EMT-B intensives. Clutch decision.

Our April EMT-B intensive was a blast and an excellent way for me to slake my addiction to learning more about medicine. The setting in Western Carolina is also a huge plus and provides some great opportunities during down time to relax while finding inspiration in the outdoors. We had nine students in the class who built a very fun little community during our time together in Cane Creek holler. There's certainly a lot of material to be covered from a 1400 page text during three weeks, but I found it very easy to focus with the help of great, experienced instruction and a very enjoyable community in which to learn.

For others in our class interest in paramedicine or nursing was sparked, or firefighters and ship captains received valuable cross-training. For me I was well prepared to sit for the National Registry exam a couple days after the course and am now searching for jobs and volunteer opportunities to build experience while preparing for medical school. I haven't been able to stop talking about the course since I left.


John Mark Sawyer