Wendy Walker to speak at paddlers club meeting

Topic at March 5 gathering will be first aid in the outdoors

Wendy Walker will discuss first aid in the outdoors at the March 5 Comox Valley Paddlers Club meeting.

During the spring members of the Comox Valley Paddlers Club suggest and co-ordinate paddling trips for the summer season. The resulting trip program consists of short social paddles, weekend excursions, day paddles and longer multi-day camping trips.

But what happens if things don’t go to plan and a member of the group falls ill, has an accident or injury? Would you or a member of the group have the skills to deal with the situation?

Wendy Walker will present “What would you do?” at the March meeting of the CV Paddlers Club. Her presentation will be interactive and informative about the relevancy of first aid in a marine environment – just as paddling rescue skills give confidence, so will some first aid knowledge.

Wendy is a Wilderness First Responder Instructor and has training in search and rescue. She is certified as a Level 2 Kayak Guide with the Sea Kayaks Guide Alliance of BC and is a graduate and alumni member of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Topics will include the components of first aid, a case study discussion, identification of emergency and non-emergency situations; a discussion on the protocols learned on a first aid course plus recommended items to include in a first aid kit. Wendy will also share some of her light-hearted guiding moments.

Wendy has nine years’ experience exploring the waters of Vancouver Island, 16 years of outdoor leadership experience and has guided for many companies in British Columbia, Belize and California.

The presentation commences at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Lion’s Den, 1729 Comox Ave., behind the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery. Doors open at 6:30. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information email comoxpaddlers@gmail.com or visit www.comoxvalleypaddlers.ca

 

– Comox Valley Paddlers Club

 

 

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