Available Courses through OAC

OAC currently provides several important courses to fulfill its mission. These include: Wilderness First Aid, Standard First Aid, CPR and AED including for the Professional Rescuer (all American Red Cross certifications), boating and treking safety courses (these can be practical or classroom instructions), and trek planning courses. We are currently investigating other courses to provide, including: safety considerations for classroom experiences in the outdoors, wilderness navigation with map and compass or GPS, Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops and Leave No Trace Trainer courses, and other safety, wilderness, trekking and outdoor activity-related education. In conjunction with the Appalachian Mountain Club, we also offer a presentation on climate change.

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Health and Safety Training

American Red Cross Courses

Wilderness & Remote First Aid

This is a 16-hour American Red Cross certification course that provides individuals a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate access to emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments and urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. This training is designed for individuals who are 14 years old and older. The certificate issued is valid for 2 years.

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Standard First Aid

The American Red Cross Standard First Aid course combines lectures, demonstrations and video with hands-on training and practice. Participants in this course learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants, heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings. Additionally, participants will learn first aid for everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries. Recognize, and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.

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Cardiopulmonary Resusitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrulator (AED)

The American Red Cross CPR and CPR/AED courses teach participants how to recognize breathing and cardiac emergencies and how to respond to them. They include what to do before giving care, how to check an injured or ill person, and treat life-threatening conditions. The CPR courses teach cardiopulmonary resucistation, signals of a breathing emergency, and how to treat choking. The AED portion teaches what defibrillation is and how it works, and how to use an AED. Signals of shock and how to minimize the effects of shock are also covered

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CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. The course covers legal considerations, recognizing a life-threatening injury or illness. and demonstrating how to perform a primary assessment. It includes two rescuer CPR, using a resuscitation mask (adult/child and infant) and how to use a bag-valve-mask resuscitator (BVM) with two rescuers.

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Appalachian Mountain Club Course

Confronting Climate Change

In conjunction with the Appalachian Mountain Club, we offer a presentation called Confronting Climate Change. This course is modifiable to be appropriate for elementary, middle or high school students, as well as for adults. It provides some background to what climate change means, but its strength is in pointing out how climate change has already begun to impact outdoor activities in the north east and its expected impact in the future. It also give very clear steps that individuals can take to have a postive affect on the environment and climate change, from small ones to large ones. These are refered to as the "three degrees of change". A great presentation that gives you something concrete to walk away with.

OAC Courses

Cold Water Safety

Learn some fundamental first aid, the hazards of cold water activities, steps to prevent hypothermia, general water rescue techniques, and where to find out more information on all these topics. This course was prepared for dry land instruction prior to early and late season cold water boating (especialy canoe and kayak) events.

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Practical Navigation Skills Basic Map & Compass

This course will cover basic map and compass skills to provide attendees with confidence that they will be able to find their way to and from their next outdoor adventure. Handouts will be provided with information on some of the topics covered. This is a practical-based seminar with student participation. We will discuss ways to determine direction without a compass as well as recommended strategies to figure out where you are based on landmarks, terrain, and a topographic map. Though we will not cover GPS usage in this seminar, we will relate the different advantages and disadvantages of traditional (map and compass) and modern (GPS) navigation tools. Finally, we will provide concrete strategies to ensure that your next adventure does not end up being your last one because you became lost.

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