NIC Outdoor Pursuits offers safety, awareness courses

North Idaho College’s Outdoor Pursuits program is offering two courses this fall designed to increase safety and awareness for outdoor enthusiasts. Participants do not have to be enrolled at NIC to take the courses.

Swiftwater Rescue will be offered Sept. 20 – 22 and Wilderness First Aid will be offered Oct. 5 -6.

Swiftwater Rescue: In-depth instruction in self and victim rescue in a fun, controlled learning setting. The course covers accident prevention and management, hazard recognition, self-rescue, swimming, basic and advanced rope rescue techniques, unpinning and extrication, entrapment rescues, and use of swift water rescue vests, among other topics.

Wilderness First Aid: The Wilderness First Aid course is a two-day course taught as a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. It is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants more than an urban first aid course provides. The emphasis of the class is on recognizing and treating life-threatening traumatic and medical emergencies, common wilderness injuries, bandaging and splinting, and environmental injuries. American Heart Association CPR is included in the curriculum.

Register online for the clinics at

For More Information
NIC Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Jon Totten, (208) 769-7809 or

Posted: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

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