certified wilderness first responder

Following the five training days of wilderness first aid (see previous articles : training part 1, training part 2) organized by Slipstream, I was certified as a wilderness first responder.

Wilderness First Aid being a self-regulating industry, this certification does not have the value of an official certification. However Slipstream’s courses are taught according to the standards of the WMS (Wilderness Medical Society) and are widely recognized by many agencies including, but not limited to, the WMS, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, and many others. Finally, trainings content is much more adapted and deep than in any of the trainings I have seen in France which are based on the disponibility of professional rescue.

Since three years ago Slipstream’s trainings are also given in Japan and gain more and more recognition due to the absence here also of trainings of such a professional quality. Following this training in Japanese not only allowed me to improve my knowleges in wilderness first aid but also to improve my vocabulary related to rescue and injuries. I’m the first foreigner to follow this training in Japanese and get certified. But I don’t plan to call it quits. I already plan to follow the advanced training which will be held in November.

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