What will you do if something goes wrong out there? If you like to wander the Franklin Mountains (as we say, “WTF”) or even wander beyond El Paso’s mountains, then you know that something could go wrong out there. Injuries and accidents happen. That’s where Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training becomes important.
The Borderland Mountain Bike Association and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology have teamed with GeoBetty Tours to offer a WFA class in El Paso on the weekend of December 7, 8 and 9. These courses are not often taught in El Paso so this class is an opportunity to learn without traveling.
Wilderness First Aid classes are important for people who play outdoors where EMS may take more than 30 minutes but less than 8 hours to respond. Hikers, mountain bikers, parents, climbers, campers, trail runners and hunters can all benefit from this information. Classes topics include the subjects covered in a standard first aid class, but with additional emphasis on how to improvise when resources are limited and when more time will elapse before help arrives. Some learning is in a classroom, but significant time is spent outdoors reviewing scenarios in a natural setting. (That also means students won’t be required to sit inside all the time – something us outdoor types don’t do well.)
On the evening of Friday, December 7 from 6-9pm CPR/AED will be taught. This is a prerequisite to the two full days of WFA training that will happen at the museum on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.
Instructors for this class are from The Expedition School in Austin. They’ve come highly-recommended for their knowledge and enthusiasm. The school has held over 100 team workshops and trained nearly 4,000 people in CPR. Kimery Duda, the executive director, has over 20 years of guiding and teaching experience and says that graduates of their first aid training have gone on to save over 70 lives with the help of what they have learned.
What: Wilderness First Aid Training
When: Friday, December 6 from 6-9pm, CPR/AED training. Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9 from 9am-6pm, WFA training
Where: The El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, TX 79924.
Registration: Click here to register. You can sign up for the combined CPR/AED plus WFA or just one or the other. CPR/AED is required to take the WFA class.
Cost: $95 for the CPR/AED or $250 for the entire program. (You can also just take the WFA class if you have a valid CPR certificate and the price is still $250.)
If you have questions, just ask them using the contact form at this web site.