Over the years, I know I’ve spoken to a lot of people about my many wilderness adventures, particularly those spent over the past decade with my son in Algonquin Provincial Park. My son and I have had a lot of incredible adventures together, which subsequently, I plan on sharing in great detail in my upcoming book, entitled: The Curse of Parkside Bay, where I’ll be covering everything from the complexities of the father-son relationship, all the way to basic survival skills in the wilderness.
I remember the first year that Jake and I went out all by ourselves into the loneliness of Algonquin. He was about 8-years old at the time, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I thought I did, but in reality – I didn’t. Since then however, I have learned a great deal about outdoor survival and I hope to share that knowledge with others in an attempt to inspire, educate, and even entertain.
One of the very first lessons that I had to teach Jake was about safety. The wilderness is never a place to take unnecessary risks, especially when you consider how far away you can be from actual emergency medical treatment. I had to explain to Jake that in the event of an injury, even if we were to leave all of our gear behind in an instant, we still had a minimum of a 5 hour paddle back to the entry point, and then a good hour or so until we could drive to the closest hospital. And that was for him. Can you imagine how life-threatening it would have been if I were the one to have gotten injured? What would an 8-year old do in that case? And remember, back then, the Park had no cell phone range.
Let’s just say that more than once, Jake had to perform first aid on me with my careful instruction. Imagine being a kid, sound asleep at 3 in the morning, only to be woken up by your father as he entered the tent during a major thunderstorm, bleeding all over the place after just slicing off the entire end of his finger. Well, it happened (I was attempting to fix our tarp in the rain – unsuccessfully. Another lesson learned), and Jake did an incredible job in bandaging my gruesome finger.
So anyway friends, I am proud to announce that I have now taken on a new job doing the media and recruitment efforts with Niagara Wilderness Skills & Medical Training (but don’t worry, I’ll still be slinging pints on weekends and on the occasional weekday).
This is a role that will enable me to promote what I love the most, which is spending time hiking, canoeing and camping in the great Canadian outdoors, but also, helping others to feel safe about spending time outside, while they also enjoy quality time with their families. Aside from writing, I feel like I have finally found my true calling, and I couldn’t be happier for this opportunity to help other people connect with nature in a safe and enjoyable way.
Niagara Wilderness Skills & Medical Training (NWSMT) is a Red Cross training partner offering medical courses such as; Emergency First-aid, Standard First-aid, CPR, and First Responder. These are basic, standard courses that in many cases are required in today’s workplace. In this regard, we would love to be able offer our services to each of you. All of our courses are run by experienced and highly qualified instructors.
Beyond that, NWSMT also offers many other great courses, such as: Bushcraft Medic, Wilderness & Remote First Aid (basic and advanced), Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Survival (basic and advanced), Bushcraft Survival (basic and advanced), and coming soon – Winter Survival.
Not only will I be promoting these courses, but Jake and I will both be participating as well. You can check out the upcoming schedule and fees by visiting our website homepage: http://www.niagarawsmt.com/
Also, given that we are fairly new, I would really appreciate any and all help from my friends in promoting our services, which I sincerely feel are of a great benefit to everyone.
Cheers! and thank you.