Wilderness First Aid and CPR training offered by Conservation Foundation

Three-day program set for Oct. 9-11 in Osprey

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The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is inviting members of the public to register for an upcoming Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification course, which will take place from Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 at the organization’s Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey.

The training is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those dates, a news release says. The course, which will be facilitated by SOLO Wilderness Medicine instructor Catherine Jean, will focus “on improvising with limited resources in remote and wilderness emergency situations,” the release points out.

“We are excited to provide this training opportunity to our community,” Christine P. Johnson, president of the Conservation Foundation, said in the release. “Many of our constituents find themselves in remote settings when pursuing their outdoor hobbies,” she continued. “We are excited to offer this course and help ensure they have the skills needed if and when emergency situations arise.”

“Wilderness First Aid training is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts; those who travel internationally or to remote areas for fieldwork, business, or pleasure; homesteaders and those wanting to be more self-sufficient; those living in rural locations; students in the medical field who would like hands-on training; and anyone who would like to learn first aid skills,” the release points out. The three-day course will cover topics such as recognizing and effectively managing a medical emergency, treating various injuries, bleeding and infection control, splinting fractures,” and handling environmental emergencies, such as heat exhaustion, lightning strikes, potential drownings, and snake bites, the release adds.

The instructor, Catherine Jean, is not only a licensed urban and wilderness emergency medical technician and a SOLO Wilderness First Aid and first responder instructor, the release says, but she is also an American Heart Association and Red Cross CPR instructor. “She works with Alachua County Fire Rescue and has extensive experience instructing individuals of all ages,” the release notes.

Course registration is $350 per person. “Upon completion of the training,” the release points out, “participants will receive nationally recognized SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFR) and CPR certification cards valid for two years. “This course also serves as a WFR recertification for SOLO WFRs,” the release adds.

Registration is open to those ages 13 and up. Participants under age 16 must attend the program with a parent or guardian, the release says. Space is limited, so registration is required, the release notes.

To learn more and register, visit conservationfoundation.com/events.