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They are responsible for saving people with their own hands, and through the hands of their countless students.
The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure (NCOAE) EMT Basic course is absolutely relevant to the Emergency Medical Service provider, the outdoor enthusiast, and those interested in being able to serve others in their greatest time of need, regardless of their occupation or location. Zac Adair and the NCOAE staff know their profession, and more importantly know how to teach the knowledge, skills, and mental determination and confidence needed to undertake the important task of emergency medicine. They are responsible for saving people with their own hands, and through the hands of their countless students. We have a limited amount of moments in this world, this course will allow you to serve others and make those moments count to you, and more importantly to others. NCOAE enables the motivated individual to learn this amazing skill in a short, intense timeframe. You will use these skills, regardless of your professional, and you will save others. Thank you Zac for the mental strength, courage, and capability you have given to others. For those individuals have saved others, and will continue to do so.
~ Henry, K. ‘Intensive’ EMT-B Graduate
Now he’s more mature, confident, and not so quick to give up when presented with something that appears difficult to accomplish.
Both my children went on a NC Teen Adventure with NCOAE. My 14-year-old son went on a 14-day course and 16 year-old daughter went on an 18-day course. The both loved it and we hope to have them go next year. Now he’s more mature, confident, and not so quick to give up when presented with something that appears difficult to accomplish. He communicates better, is willing to pitch in and help out around the house, and even shares in some of our family’s cooking duties! My daughter too- she learned to communicate better and improved her listening skills. She use to be the type who refused to ask for help, she now works with us on issues both large and small. She learned to do things that she never thought she could do. Our daughter came back from her course with beautiful pictures and shared her knowledge surrounding the awesome things she’d learned. We hope they get to go again next year!
~ Carrie Franklin, Parent of NCOAE student course participant
Spending time in nature with other like-minded women is so much fun
Laughing was definitely a highlight… It seems like the trip is made for ladies who aren’t regular backpackers-it wasn’t too hard-but I did feel challenged…it was a good balance. The other women were like-minded yet each of us had something special to offer to the group. It was a great trip and I plan on doing it again!
~ Marisa Pease, Boston Ma, Women’s Wilderness Initiative participant
I think the instructors were amazing
Both were very detailed. The course went at a pace that wasn’t too slow or too fast. They were both down to earth and had a sense of humor but also held their role as professionals. I was comfortable asking any questions that camp to mind and they were good about coaching and giving really feedback and constructive criticism. They were very supportive and never left anyone out. I love being able to see the videos that helped a lot.
~ Tess Prestage, Distance Learning Program/Hybrid WFR Graduate
Zac and Patrick were great instructors and set a good tone for the class
They emphasized that we were getting down to business for the 5 days of the DLP WFR course, but they kept things light and fun. I didn’t feel stress and pressured at all (I was worried that my lack of experience would slow the group down) but the instructors were always reassuring and answered any questions I had. Also it was a fun, productive, bonding environment and atmosphere. It is that aspect of the course that is most important for any potential student to know. Alfred the dog, is also a big moral booster.
~ Ex Pow-anpongkul, Wilderness First Responder Graduate
The Instructors were very professional, fun and considerate for the students
They made learning difficult concepts very easy and engaging. They had great lecture materials and time management skills. I liked that the majority of the course was hands-on- real life scenarios rather then a lecture based scenarios.
~ Kathleen Kiger, Wilderness First Responder Graduate
NCOAE is great, and everything they’ve got going on is really working.
I loved the DLP WFR format. Going into class having already read the textbook was extremely helpful. The Wilderness Medicine Concepts were explained really well, while not going into too much detail, and using plenty of examples. I loved all the great simulations. NCOAE is great, and everything they’ve got going on is really working.
~ Ellie Bolster, Distance Learning Program/Hybrid WFR Graduate
This course was absolutely amazing
I learned more than I ever expected.. not only the wilderness medicine material but also about myself, others and the world around me. I met really wonderful people and made some bonds that will stay with me forever. This week was more than I could have ever hoped for and I will never forget it… I also officially have my Wilderness First Responder certification!
~ Tess Abigal, WFR Graduate, Oswego IL
It was a fun, productive, bonding environment and atmosphere
Zac and Patrick were great instructors and set a good tone for the class. They emphasized that we were getting down to business for the 5 days of the DLP WFR course, but they kept things light and fun. I didn’t feel stress and pressured at all (I was worried that my lack of experience would slow the group down) but the instructors were always reassuring and answered any questions I had. Also it was a fun, productive, bonding environment and atmosphere. It is that aspect of the course that is most important for any potential student to know. Alfred the dog, is also a big moral booster.
~ Ex Pow-anpongkul, Wilderness First Responder Graduate
We left with the knowledge to confront an injury or illness in the backcountry with confidence
If you have a love for the outdoors and adventure and often find yourself hiking, biking, or climbing in remote areas of the wilderness, I would highly recommend The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education’s Wilderness First Responder program sponsored by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center. The instructors, Zac & Patrick, were professional and immensely knowledgeable and experienced in the field, yet made the learning process both fun and fulfilling.We left with the knowledge to confront an injury or illness in the backcountry with confidence and having made many new friends with similar interests from all over the country. I thought it was a great idea to videotape the simulations so as to review what was done right and what could use improvement. Sometimes in the heat of the moment you don’t think of the right course of action so to visually see what you did and can improve upon was a great learning tool.
~ Katie English, Wilderness First Responder Graduate
Participating in an NCOAE course has been one of the greatest experiences of my life!
It helped me to grow emotionally and taught me skills that I am able to transfer into my everyday life. I am truly grateful and lucky to have been a part of this program. The wilderness adventures I experienced, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and surfing, were ones I’ll never forget. NCOAE instructors were teachers, friends and role models and along with the other students on my course, I felt I’ve made a family for life! Thanks NCOAE!
~ Aaron Marshall, NC Teen Adventure Graduate
My experience has changed my outlook on life and influenced my focus of study in college
Hiking through the Pisgah National Forest with NCOAE while learning about Leave No Trace (LNT), wilderness travel and myself, all gave me a new appreciation for the wilderness and a growing passion for environmental conservation. My experience has changed my outlook on life and influenced my focus of study in college. Because of the NC Teen Adventure and NCOAE, I have decided to major in Environmental Studies at UNC Asheville. As my passion for the wilderness continues to grow I will be enrolling in more courses with NCOAE and maybe even apply someday to be an instructor.
~ Sabrey Franks, NC Teen Adventure Graduate
The way that the course progressed made great sense
I really liked the strong structure of the DLP WFR course…the way that the course progressed made great sense.
~ Cart Gavin, Distance Learning Program/Hybrid WFR Graduate
NCOAE may be the panacea to resiliency
Our partnership with NCOAE offers valuable wilderness education experiences for our students, and may very well be the panacea to resiliency that will sustain them and lead them to academic and personal success.
~ Lisa K Burriss, LCSW, New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington NC
I was personally inspired by the instructors’ enthusiasm for their careers, and their passion for caring for the lives of others
Looking back on the 19-Day EMT-B course, I can’t help but notice the contrast between myself on Day 1 and myself on Day 19. The best thing about this course was that it truly takes an untrained person and turns them into a medical professional. The instructors facilitate this change from the very beginning, constantly offering instruction, guidance, and even extra help to those who ask for it. I was personally inspired by the instructors’ enthusiasm for their careers, and their passion for caring for the lives of others. When you sign up for this course, you are assured that you will be entering into a highly trained environment, staffed with professionals, and attended by students who have a similar ardor for learning. While you do receive all the necessary training and more, be prepared to work for this course. This is an intensive course, and for the motivated individual, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish with the proper tools and training, all provided by NCOAE. Thanks to Zac and all the instructors for such an enriching and positive experience; I looked at many courses before deciding on this one, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my choice.
~Cord Myer, EMT Graduate, July 2016
I would definitely recommend this over a college program, as long as you are willing to spend your time learning, studying and practicing your skills
I chose NCOAE because of its high test scores and great reviews. I had previously attended a community college in Tennessee, but left to come to NCOAE, and on my first day I could immediately tell the difference. The instructors really know the material, and have the experience to back it up. Each instructor has his or her own teaching techniques, but they all cater to each student’s needs. Instructors are willing to help you in every way possible; for instance, one instructor helped us study until 11PM one evening. You do have access to the classroom, Wi-Fi and supplies 24/7, which really helps to sharpen your skills in such a short amount of time. I feel much more prepared and confident to go into the EMS work field after taking this 19-Day intensive course. I would definitely recommend this over a college program, as long as you are willing to spend your time learning, studying and practicing your skills. There are very few hours for free time, so you have to spend your time wisely. Zac and the administration are continuing to make upgrades throughout the property, and the outdoor learning areas are well-equipped. To provide clinical hours of experience, this program partners with the local EMS system. The paramedics in this EMS system are very knowledgeable and allow you to really utilize your learned skills and gain some extremely valuable experience. I believe that this is the best EMT program out there, and that is why I chose the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education.
~Jonathan Dyer, EMT Graduate, July 2016
Get ready for one of the most exciting and intense courses you might ever see!
Having no background in medicine, but the desire to make a positive social impact, I made the decision to attend the NCOAE EMT-Basic course. My fellow students, instructors, and course leadership made this experience more than worthwhile. Not only did I learn the skills to perform the day to day operations of an EMT, I gained knowledge on how to navigate the EMS landscape, setting me up for success in the future.
It’s difficult to make classroom power points applicable to real life, but our instructors were more than willing to share their experiences, which created an open and positive environment for true learning. This made me feel well prepared for my ride along; I was actually able to contribute to the team on my assigned ambulance. Live patient care sparked a drive in me to continue to grow as EMT professional. I can’t thank the new friends and instructors enough for contributing to fulfilling my dream.
PS – Fellow glampers, please note, a “rustic cabin” does not mean it is decorated with curtains that have pine trees or logs for walls, come prepared.
~Tricia Stevin, EMT Graduate, July 2016
They will help you individually and they really care about every student’s success during and after the class has been completed
I went through the NCOAE EMT-B intensive course in July, 2016. There is a lot of material to be covered and hands on skills to be learned to become an EMT. The NCOAE not only prepared me to pass the NREMT exam and scope of practice, but they taught me to deal with real life medical emergencies. Whether you plan on getting into the EMS field, volunteer at a fire department or just have a great emergency medical skill set for day to day life and outdoor adventures, I would more than recommend the NCOAE for your training. Zac Adair and the NCOAE staff are very knowledgeable on the subject matter and have been very accommodating to myself and the other students in my class.They are top notch and there isn’t anything that you can’t ask them. They will help you individually and they really care about every student’s success during and after the class has been completed. I will absolutely come back to the NCOAE for more training and courses in the future.
~Alex S., EMT-B Intensive Graduate
It’s a place were I got to be me and wasn’t judged
The best thing about my Teen Adventure was the Summit. It’s a place were I got to be me and wasn’t judged. I was somebody. I expressed a side that never gets to come out. In the end no matter how challenging it was, I would turn around and do the whole thing again.
~ Chyasta Bass, NC Teen Adventure Graduate