I spent all of last weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 5pm) training in Wilderness First Aid. The course was offered by the Outdoor Rec Club through the Wilderness Medicine Institute, a division of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Think Red Cross, but for the wilderness.
It was an awesome course. I knew lots of the material already, but it was great to be able to learn lots of new techniques and see how everything fits together to potentially save lives. The course didn’t teach CPR, so I’ll probably go and take a course in that next. They also offer a Wilderness First Responder, which is an intensive 80-hour course over 10 days.
In many ways, it makes me want to be a doctor. It probably wouldn’t happen, but it might be interested to become an EMT. Who knows.