Dave Kessman with Safety Rescue and Paddle Sports was in Phenix City teaching over the July 7-8 weekend.
Kessmann travels across the southeast teaching outdoor enthusiasts “Wilderness First-Aid and CPR”.
He says, when you’re kayaking, rafting, camping, or hiking, you can be several miles away from proper care.
That’s why his class aims to teach life-saving maneuvers.
“A lot of the people that come to my class are whitewater enthusiasts, so they are kayakers or paddlers of some type, but really it’s for anyone who likes to go out and play in the outdoors. So, it’s great for mountain bikers and hikers anybody who likes to go out and be outside,” says Kessman.
The class spanned two days and attendees left with their renewed CPR certifications, as well as knowledge of patching up wounds and other first aid needs.
“I wanted to get my certification for wilderness first aid and cpr, and it’s a skill that over the years, there will be different techniques and points of information that’ll be updated, so it’s good to get a refresher on the information that’s out there,” says attendee Lee Johnson.
Kessmann says they try to make the class as realistic as possible, and aim for realistic practice in caring for injuries one might incur while adventuring outdoors.
“There’s a lot of comradery, and we want to have each other’s back and get down the river safely. That’s the whole idea, is to go out and have fun and do it in a safe way,” says Barbara Kaumeyer.
Kaumeyer and Johnson both traveled to the valley from Atlanta to take the class.
Whitewater Express hosted the weekend training session.
Kessmann says he will be back to the Phenix City/Columbus area later this year.
You can find the list of dates for his classes here.