Certification Courses & The Value of Community
The field of experiential outdoor education is incredibly rewarding at times, and at the same time it can also have it's challenges. Weaving together contract after contract, navigating the varying demands of several employers, finding transportation to program locations, etc. can take it's toll. One of the goals of the Outdoor Collective is to work together to simplify the certfication process. By bringing as many courses to one location, at the same time each year, the hope is that you can plan your contract life more effectively.
Certifications do not magically transform individuals into effective outdoor guides, yet they are part of the necessary foundation for thriving in an industry that is responsible for placing the well-being of participants ahead of everything else. Ideally the networking opportunities and the shared experiences you can gain through the Our Collective Works portion of the weekend, and time spent at meals will enhance your experience and widen your network of other professionals committed to this growing industry.
We all know that certifications can be expensive and time consuming, and we are very grateful to all the companies and instructors that are working together to make their courses as affordable as possible.
All certification courses are hosted out of Camp Arowhon. Accommodations and meals are included for all courses.
WILDERNESS RESCUE SYSTEMS COURSES:
Students are encouraged to develop the habit of systematically thinking through and documenting their assessment decisions/plans. There are a lot of differences between what is taught in an urban Standard First Aid Course and a Wilderness First Aid Course. Urban courses are designed for rescuers where 911 services are usually only minutes away, where as Wilderness Courses assume help could be hours or even days away. Because of this Wilderness First Aid Courses are a lot more in depth and provide a much higher level of knowledge, as well as, a higher and more technical skill set.
BOREAL RIVER RESCUE COURSES:
DANNY PELED - Director, Whitewater Rescue & Wilderness First Responder Instructor, Expedition Guide
Danny has spent the last 15 years guiding people down rivers in rafts, kayaks, and canoes throughout Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile. He is a whitewater and flood rescue instructor, a wilderness first aid instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates International and a Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe instructor. Originally from Montreal (which he claims is 'home of the best hockey team in the world'), Danny, his wife Letha, and son Rafa, live in the Gatineau River valley. Danny’s sense of humour, high energy, and experience make every program he’s part of a great time for everyone.
CHALLENGE COURSE TRAININGS:
DAVID HUMPHRYS, President, Director of Design - Elevation Aerial Design and Consulting