Adventure Initiative Workshops & Courses

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Workshops & Courses
Having the right tools for adventure means more than having the right equipment. It means having the proper knowledge and experience. This not only enhances your time outdoors, but also builds the strength of your outdoor community. The Healthy Hometown's Adventure Initiative Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor program leaders to learn and develop their skills.

Our workshops target the needs of volunteers and professionals interested in running outdoor programs in their community. Topics include program planning, logistics, basic physiology, sport specific considerations, and teaching skills in the following areas:

Hiking & Trail Running Mountain Biking Flatwater Canoeing & Kayaking
Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing

By working with nationally recognized leaders in the outdoors, such as the Wilderness Medical Institute and the American Canoe Association we offer courses that provide participants with skills and peace-of-mind to safely and responsibly run programs. These courses include:

Wilderness First Aid Wilderness First Responder Swiftwater Rescue

ELIGIBILITY: Unless otherwise stated, workshops and courses are open to participants 15 years of age and older. Previous experience is not required, only a willingness to learn and interest in sharing their knowledge with others.

CUSTOM: Along with scheduled workshops, we will also work with your community to set up custom workshops and courses. Contact us for more information.

Upcoming Workshops & Courses:

Cross-Country Ski Leader Workshops: Winter 2014
The sport of cross-country skiing provides opportunities for people of all ages and ability levels to get outside and enjoy Maine winters. Facilities for skiing are available in communities all around the state, making it an easily accessible winter activity. Program leaders who are well prepared can foster a love of skiing and a love for the outdoors in participants, ensuring life-long participation in this long-standing Maine tradition. This year's Healthy Hometowns workshop will provide ski leaders with an on-snow opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence in a variety of leadership aspects including skill instruction, games, activities, safety, group management, and more. The day will also feature a catered lunch, allowing more time for networking during the mid-day break.

Dates and Times for On-Snow Ski Leader Workshop:
Saturday, January 4th — Pineland Farms, New Gloucester — 9am-3pm
Sunday, January 5th — Quarry Road Recreation Area, Waterville — 9am-3pm

$75/organization up to 5 people (additional $10 per extra person beyond 5)
Cost includes workshop, lunch, printed curriculum guide, and wax kit.

Eligibility: Open to all individuals 16 years and older. All levels of ability are welcome. Anyone working with a learn-to-ski program is encouraged to attend.

More Information: Ski Leader Info Packet (pdf)

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Swiftwater Rescue
This 2-day format includes hands-on practice time and advanced rescues including the essentials of river philosophy, hydrology, wading, swimming, throw rope use, use of rescue PFDs, mechanical advantage, and more. This course is the most comprehensive training for paddling trip leaders.

Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014
Times: 8am to 6:00pm
Tuition: $225.00
Lodging (optional): $74 for cabin stay at NEOC

More Information: Info Packet (pdf)

Wilderness First Aid
If you plan to spend time in the backcountry you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors.

This course is pre-approved by such organizations as: the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies.

Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014
Times: 8am – Noon; 1pm – 5pm
Tuition: $250.00 for tuition and course materials.
Optional Camping: $20 (Please see Policies & Information to find out more about lodging.)

More Information: Info Packet (pdf)

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