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Wilderness First Aid Training, Two Day, 8:30am-7pm
While paddling and doing the other wilderness activities many of us enjoy, there are locations we travel that are not quickly reached by professional first responders. Knowing what to do in a medical emergency in a remote location is critical. Join me for two days of practical, hands on wilderness first aid training. I took this course two years ago (I'm recertifying) with fellow paddlers and hikers and found it to be the best medical training I've experienced. The class is half classroom, half realistic scenarios. The days are long, 8:30am to 6:30 or 7:00pm. You will learn by doing. If you pass the class, you will receive a two year WFA Certification, and feel more confident in the outdoors. There is a cost, and I would suggest you get the book sent to you before class. Register and get more info at www.solowfa.com (http://www.solowfa.com/) The instructor is Matthew Rosefsky, [masked] The class is being held at Northwest River park. I may camp. See comments below.

Northwest River Park and Campground

1733 Indian Creek Rd · Chesapeake, VA

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HRK Rules and Regulations (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/About_this_Meetup/)This is an adult organization (18 years old or older) of paddlers from beginners to advanced. You should join if you are looking to paddle with like minded people who enjoy paddling the creeks, rivers, bays, and oceans. Currently due to the type of paddles being posted you will get the most out of this group if you are a Sea Kayaker or a potential Sea Kayaker that can go on some of the less challenging trips in protected waters. Events may include other activities such as hiking, biking, camping, movies and the like.

If you join our group a profile picture is required that will allow other paddlers to recognize you. You can use your first name only but including the initial of your last name is recommended. Most of us like to take pictures and post them so if you join be advised that you can not expect privacy and your permission to post your picture is assumed. You can always ask the person who posted your picture to remove it.

You need to read the HRK Rules or Regulations now or in the near future before you sign up for an event:

HRK Rules and Regulations (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/About_this_Meetup/)

But most important

- Take advantage of local training opportunities and group paddles to improve your skills. Kayak Symposiums and Paddle Fest are an excellent way to improve your skills and socialize with other like minded paddlers.

- Be an active member:

* RSVP for events.

* Participate in the message boards.

*Host Events - If your not an Event Organizer you can Host an Event by using the Suggest Tab on the home page. With two more RSVP's for your suggested event it will active. If it is a short fuse event you can ask an Event Organizer to make it active for you if it passes the common sense test.

- Be safe:

* Always wear a PFD

* Honestly rate you current kayaking level and don't push your self too much over what you feel comfortable doing. In open water paddling the environment can change very quickly with high winds and waves that you have never encountered before so be particularly careful and be considerate for others when you RSVP for an open water trip.

To help you to determine your skill level click on link to the Skill Assessment Guide:

Skill Assesment Guide (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/Skill_Assessment_Guide/)

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