Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wilderness first aid basics - PLUS course offered

BABCOCK, Wis. – People who enjoy venturing out into the wilderness, but who want to be prepared should a medical emergency arise, can sign up for a Wilderness First-Aid Basics workshop at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 - 5.

This 18-hour American Red Cross workshop focuses on dealing with major back-country emergencies, with additional training on the management of more common minor medical problems encountered outdoors. CPR is recommended but not required.

Dr. Rod Erickson, M.D. will discuss topics on outdoor hygiene, how to deal with cuts, sprains, strains, broken bones and evacuation strategies. Those successfully completing the course will be certified in Wilderness First Aid Basics by the American Red Cross.

The $90 fee includes a Wilderness First Aid Basics workbook, a Wilderness First Aid Mountaineering When Help is Delayed handbook, a patch for those who successfully complete the course, and Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast.

Participants may stay overnight in the center’s dorm either prior to, during or following the event for a donation of $15 per person per night.

Registration is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis and is confirmed by mailing in a registration fee by March 25. Checks should be made out to DNR-Skills Center. Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party. Send your registration fee to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413. Inquiries on the status of registrations may be sent via e-mail to: Richard.Thiel@wisconsin.gov.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000 acre Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Wildlife Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Skills Center at: (715) 884-6333 or (715) 884-2437

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