Basic Survival & Plant First Aid

This is a 40 hour course taught in a non-urban and mostly outdoor setting. It is a complementary course to first aid and what happens after. The preference is for those who have done Wilderness or Advanced Wilderness First Aid due to the skill level required to respond to emergencies in isolated or wilderness settings. This training is ideal for guides, hunters or those who supervise or lead groups of people. The survival portion of the course focuses on the priorities that need to be in place after an ill or injured person has been cared for and is stable and all emergency procedures are complete. This portion of the course can be taken as a stand alone (without the Plant First Aid), it is 20 hours and is a pre-requisite for the Plant First Aid.


The Plant First Aid portion of the course is a comprehensive and hands on element that focuses on using plants as an alternative to conventional methods and offers another option should it be required. This course is a follow on from the Basic Survival course.

Instructor     

All Instructors are Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor with extensive backgrounds in outdoor recreation, guiding and survival.

The Plant First Aid Instructor has all the previous mentioned qualifications, plus extensive knowledge and back ground in plants, Herbalism and Native Medicine.

Certification    

A certificate of recognition and completion is given to successful students.

Course Dates 2017

​February 11/12

March 18/19


Minimum required number to run the course is 6


Booking


Until we get our booking site up and running, please email brenda@mahikan.ca and we will be happy to manually book you in

Navigation, Map & Compass

The aim of this course is to introduce the basic skills of map and compass reading to guide potentials or for those who work or recreate in the outdoors.

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to give basic grid references, interpret topographical features, locate yourself on a map, measure distances, take basic bearings with a compass and incorporate all of these skills to make a route card.

Course dates: March 4th 2017

Cost is $125 per person plus GST

First Aid

Looking to get into guiding but you don't want to do a 2 year college certification? We offer a selection of recognized courses for those wishing to get into the guiding world as well as for those who want to update certification, in addition to offering interesting courses to enhance your clients experience with you. Some of these courses are through other institutes that we recommend and most of these courses are either certified provincially or across the country.


Interpretive Guides Association


The Interpretive Guides Association (formally Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association) is a professional body representing interpretive guides who connect people to Canada's mountain parks.


Like any professionals, interpreters need professional representation, accreditation and on-going opportunities for learning and discovery. The Interpretive Guides Association provides services that support guides and ensure visitors to the mountain parks have enjoyable, safe and memorable experiences in the parks.

 

Apprentice Interpreter - The Apprentice Level Course is a 2-day course that is designed as a stepping stone to the Professional Interpreter Accreditation. It is for guides who are relatively new to interpretive guiding, but it is appropriate for any guides or interested individuals who want an introduction to effective interpretation skills, local natural history, cultural history and park management.


Professional Interpreter - The Professional Interpreter accreditation formally recognizes the knowledge, experience and interpretive skill of guides working in the mountain parks. Professional Interpretive guides have demonstrated the ability to transform an average walk in the mountain parks to a memorable and meaningful experience for park visitors. 


Group Management - As interpretive hiking guides, we are responsible for the safety and well-being of the people we are guiding on park trails. This course covers proper pacing, risk management, trip preparation and group management techniques that will ensure the experience you provide for your guests is safe, comfortable and sets the required foundation for inspirational interpretation!

The group management course is required of all hiking guides at the Professional and Apprentice level.

Terrain Guidelines for Professional Interpretive Hiking Guides & Apprentice Hiking Guides

Summer - IGA Hiking guides are permitted to lead groups on official trails for Single Day Hikes Only, as recognized by the National Parks, on nontechnical terrain.


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​Standard First Aid

This is a 14 to 16 hour informative two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who require training for work requirements or those who want the ability to respond to emergencies at home or vacation. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines as well as meeting federal and a variety of provincial/territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR. 


Instructor(s)

All Instructors are Red Cross First Aid Instructors with experience teaching and tailoring to group requirements.

Certification

3-year certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level A, C, or HCP, and AED

Course Dates 2017

​Feb 25/26

March 11/12


Minimum required number to run the course is 6


Wilderness & Remote First Aid

This is a 20 hour course with all practical and hands on portions taught in a non-urban setting. It is a basic level of Wilderness & Remote First Aid covering Standard First Aid & CPR, as well as material on techniques specific to wilderness and remote areas. A great deal of the course covers extended care for up to 24 hours as well as honing decision making skills. Due to the nature of the course being primarily in an outdoor setting, greater physical activity and endurance makes it suitable for those who are required to be in remote locations for extended periods of time, or for those who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Instructors  

All Instructors are Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor with extensive backgrounds in outdoor recreation, guiding and survival.

Certification    

3-year certification in Wilderness & Remote First Aid, CPR Level C, and AED

Course Dates 2017

​Feb 25/26

March 11/12


Minimum required number to run the course is 6


Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid

This is a 40 hour course with all practical and hands on portions taught in a non-urban setting. It is a more comprehensive first aid and CPR training for those who require a higher skill level to work and respond to emergencies in isolated or wilderness settings. This training is ideal for guides or those who supervise or lead groups of people. The course includes Standard First Aid & CPR, plus advanced strategies for providing extended care for more than 24 hours as well as honing decision making skills. Due to the nature of the course being primarily in an outdoor setting, greater physical activity and endurance makes it suitable for those who are required to be in remote locations for extended periods of time, or for those who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Instructors     

All Instructors are Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor with extensive backgrounds in outdoor recreation, guiding and survival.

Certification    

3-year certification in Wilderness & Remote First Aid, CPR Level C, and AED

Course Dates 2017

​February 25-28

March 11-14


Minimum required number to run the course is 6


Booking


Until we get our booking site up and running, please email brenda@mahikan.ca and we will be happy to manually book you in

Outdoor Council of Canada

The Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) is a nationally incorporated, non-profit, member-owned organization.  The OCC has been founded to encourage, promote, and facilitate safety-oriented outdoor education and recreation programs, along with leadership opportunities, which are accessible to every Canadian.
​The purpose of the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) is to ensure that the long-standing Canadian tradition of connection with, and involvement in, the natural world is maintained and nurtured in practical and accessible ways.​

Field Leader - OCC offers certification which meet the requirements of activity within the provincial and national jurisdictions. Successful graduates will be certified as OCC 'Field Leader' with a 'Level 1 Hiking' and/or 'Paddling' specialization.

The course will be split between in-class learning (65%) and field exercises (35%). The learning format will be primarily guided experiential learning. Topics covered include:

Understanding the role of the leader and leadership style
Integrating ‘activity’ ‘participant’ and ‘venue’ characteristics so as to promote even quality and safety
Constructing an activity plan
Identifying hazards and mitigation strategies
Communication and team building between participants, co-leaders and other stakeholders
Group management in the field
Enhancing situational awareness for quality and safety management
Emergency response
Post trip debriefing and facilitation

Prerequisites: The only prerequisite for this course is a love of the outdoors and a passion to share that experience with others.

If you are taking this as a LL1 (Paddling) you will need to have a flat water certification to activate the certification. This can be completed later.

Cost of this course is $160 per person 

Dates March 11th & 12th 2017

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