Monday, November 29, 2010

Theory in Rovaniemi

Our "normal" behaviour at lunch table :)

The 4 day period of "Nature Experience Instructor" - studies in November were full of theory. As usual the period started on Thursday and ended on Sunday. The first two days was reserved for First Aid 1 - module. I have participated the First Aid 1 - module already in year 2004, but the qualification is valid only three years after which you need to update the qualification again. I hadn't done it, so it was time to learn the basics of First Aid again.

Resuscitation practice

The instructions of resuscitation had been revised since last time I participated this course 6 years back. Updating your knowhow and skills how to save lives are useful, you never know when you are in a such situation where you need to react fast and know how to act properly, if people are in danger to die.

Practicing of different bandages / splints

For this period we had rented a cottage for 10 people, where all of us could stay and sleep during this long weekend. It was an excellent way to get acquainted with the other students and spend time together after studies. However at the same time it was tough since the amount of sleep were minimal... I slept only 2-5 hours per night, although I need to have regularly 8 hours sleep. The amount of laugh compensated nicely the lack of sleep and when I got back to home I were able to sleep my sleep debt away :)

Our lovely cottage

The studies were continued on Saturday and on Sunday on classroom by going through the safety aspects of nature experience services and keeping a presentation to our group to practise how to be natural and convincing in front of the audience. The presentation were videorecorded and analysed after the presentation. Everybody got the feedback and analysis of his/her presentation.

Practicing kayak roll

Fortunately in addition of sitting 4 days in a classroom we had the normal "extra" sessions of paddling and climbing practices on evening. The topic of the paddling session were pawlata kayak roll, which were successfully done by everybody after couple of minutes practicing!

Climbing on the wall

On the climbing wall we started practicing how to lead when climbing and not using a fixed ropes. Climbing and kayaking practices will be continued throughout the wintertime and on every month we have those "extra" sessions in addition of official course content.

And some acrobatics by me

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