Survival, Rescue & Wilderness Medicine Training 

The Survival Rescue course is designed to simulate a true survival scenario. Held in a remote location in the desert or mountains, the course is built around a realistic survival situation in which something unexpected has happened to your group.

Survival

Water Purification  

One can only live without water for about 3 days meaning drinking clean water is essential if we don’t want to become sick and die.  Purification of water from bacteria, viruses, parasites, Protozoa, chemicals and nuclear contamination will be covered.  We will examine the usage of halogenation, distillation, filtration, heat, and ultraviolet light.  We will also show methods of coagulation and flocculation used in purification.  Even with limited supplies it is possible to purify water!

Shelter

One of the highest priorities for survival besides water is staying warm and dry.  Knowing how to build a shelter or just survive a freezing night in a debris shelter will save your life.  

Fire building

Learn how to start a fire from wet wood with only a spark!  To be able to build a fire in a survival situation not only heats you up but gives you huge degree of confidence and success to continue to survive.

Edible Plants

What are the four edible plants world wide?  What local plants can you safely eat?  How do you check to see if a plant is edible?  What do you do if you get poising?  These and more questions will be answered in this section.

Signaling

When surviving if you don’t know how to signal help your chances of surviving significantly decrease.  Learn how to signal using techniques such as mirrors, snow, flares, SOS, fires, etc.

Map,GPS, and compass navigation: 3-6 hours

How can you tell direction in the Wilderness?  Do you know how to use a compass and correlate this with a map correcting for magnetic declination?  What are the differences between Degrees minutes seconds, decimal degrees, degrees minutes, and UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) and who uses each?  Do you understand how SPOT, inReach, and PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) and EPIRB’s (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) work? We will do hands on usage of these devices and practice using compass, map, and GPS.  

Rescue

Flood and Swift Water:  4-10 hours

With global warming we are seeing a tremendous increase in hurricanes and floods where rescue is needed.  We will practice techniques such as shallow water crossing, stainer drills, throw bagging, moving people across a flooded channel, defensive swimming, and more.  You will also learn water hydrology which will be very useful.  This is a fun and exciting training.

Rope Rescue: 4-12 hours

This rescue training will help you be able to safely haul a victim up a steep angle.  If you are taking kids repelling we will show how to do it safely.  We will cover knots, patient packaging, haul systems, anchors, mechanical advantage and much more.  Most of this course is low angle (up to 60 degrees) we will also cover repelling techniques in a steep and vertical environment.

Wilderness Medicine

Bites and Stings

From rattle snake bites to bee stings and anaphylaxis.  This is a fun training on how to diagnose and treat the venomous bites and stings.

Hypo and Hyperthermia

From freezing rain to desert heat how do you prevent and take care of patients suffering from the elements.  We will also cover drownings and near drownings in this section.

Fractures and Improvised Splinting:  4 hours

Its one thing to show up in a 21st century ER with all the amenities available then to find yourself with a friend in the wilderness that has a broken femur from a bike wreck.  How do you splint an extremity? Will placing a tourniquet make your friend lose his leg?  Can and or should you straighten the extremity.  All these things will be discussed and practiced.

Burns, Wounds, and Bandaging

Burns are common in the wilderness setting and one should know how to deal with them.  Bandaging is a basic skill that anyone in a disaster or wilderness setting should know how to do.

Chest and Abdominal Trauma

From open abdomens with intestines protruding out, sticks penetrating the chest, to rib fractures, how do you handle theses injuries?  What can you do to save someones life?  Prompt knowledge in these areas will save a life!

Head and Facial Injuries

Nose bleeds to broken teeth will be covered.  What if you were rafting in the Grand Canyon and a friend hit his head when he tripped on a rock causing a loss of consciousness.  Do you need to call a helicopter or can you continue with your trip?  This is a great practical course.

Managing Illness in Remote Settings 

Heat attacks, strokes, appendicitis, travelers diarrhea and more illness can cause a fun family vocation into a nightmare.  How do you diagnose and treat these illness will be covered.

QUICK TIPS

Large Groups: Is your group over 10 people? Contact us!

If your group is interested in building a custom milt-day adventure package head on over to our Christian Wilderness Adventures page to get started.

We Provide: Guide(s) experienced in wilderness adventuring to lead and assist you on your trek. Every guide has emergency medical & rescue training. A medical kit and emergency communication device accompany every group.

You Provide: Hiking gear, food, water, and camping equipment (ie. tents, pads, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, etc).
Optional: Simple Bible based object lessons, basic survival and wilderness first aid training.
We Coordinate: Camping locations for your tent or camper-mobile.
Private instruction starting at $300