Archery and Wilderness First Aid Certification
Kate Houle, Communications Specialist

The archery instructor was Allen Raub, a life-long competitive archer, archery teacher, and coach who calls Rhinelander, WI home. Staff members who did the training learned the "National Archery in Schools Program," to gain the skills needed to open the indoor archery range at Conserve School. Staff learned the "11 Steps to Archery Success:" 1. Stance 2. Nock 3. Drawing Hand Set 4. Bow Hand Set 5. Pre-Draw 6. Draw 7. Anchor 8. Aim 9. Shot Set-Up 10. Release 11. Follow-Through/Reflect. They also learned "whistle commands" that are performed with a gym whistle to keep students safe while on the range using the archery bows and arrows.  

Wilderness First Aid was a 22-hour intensive course that took place over two days. A staff group comprised of teachers, teaching fellows, administrators, and maintenance staff learned how to assess first aid and emergencies in the wilderness. The instructor, Samanta Chu, from Brazil, teaches courses for Wilderness Medical Associates International, all over the world. She is an outdoor guide and technical director of the São Paulo State Mountaineering Federation, where she teaches rock climbing and mountaineering courses. Additionally, she is working on the development and delivery of WMA (Wilderness Medical Associates) courses in her home country of Brazil. She shares her time between guiding school groups in the outdoors, promoting WMA courses and pursuing her passion for the outdoors whenever possible. We were fortunate to have her as our Wilderness Medical Associate guiding our staff training group.

The topics covered in the WMA course were focused on risk management and knowing when the risk of emergency evacuation is necessary. Staff members learned how to treat common medical problems and troubleshoot less common issues as well. There were both traditional classroom learning scenarios and hands-on scenarios. In the latter, "patients," classmates, were given a set of symptoms to act out, and the other members of the class had to assess the situation, take vitals and practice the next steps in a sequence to revive or keep the patient stable. On the second day of the course, trainees practiced these scenarios outside in the snow with an outdoor temperature of 12 degrees!

Photos contributed by Jennifer Anderson, Marketing and Enrollment Associate.

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