Wilderness First Responder from WMA- The Wilderness First Responder certification requires completing an 80 hour course. The course includes in class and hands on learning and teaches students how to administer first aid in a wilderness setting. I first gained my Wilderness First Responder in 2011, and have re-certified this qualification three times since 2011. The Wilderness First Responder certification is an industry standard level of first aid training for leading wilderness expeditions.
Whitewater Rescue Level 2- In June 2018, I was re-certified for my Whitewater Rescue Level 2. Throughout the course, I reviewed hydrology and river anatomy and continued to gain practice identifying river features. Throughout the course we also performed river rescues on both humans and equipment. This certification, coupled with my paddling experience, is an indication of my competence, passion and respect when it comes to moving water.
Wilderness Water Safety- Four times between 2010 and 2018, I successfully completed the Wilderness Water Safety course, run by Dave Golden. While Bronze Cross and NLS courses are useful for urban areas, the Wilderness Water Safety program takes lifeguard techniques and skills and makes them applicable to a wilderness setting. This course has made me a competent open water rescuer in wilderness environments.
Search & Rescue- In November of 2012, I completed a Search & Rescue (S&R) course through the Outdoor Adventure program at Algonquin College. This course involved theory lessons on S&R, as well as practice utilizing different search methods. We also conducted a mock scenario that spanned over eight hours. During this time we safely evacuated five missing individuals, who were spread out over thirteen square kilometres.
Slope Rescue- In February of 2014, I completed a Slope Rescue course. In this course I learned how to safely evacuate injured persons from mountainous terrain. The course taught participants to properly build haul systems and to be able to safely use the haul systems to comfortably evacuate injured persons on slopes that were, approximately 60 degrees steep.