Once again, our Director Cory Jones has return to East Africa to help develop Wilderness First Aid courses in Kenya. For the past nine years Cory has been heading to Kenya annually to run courses. These have been for safari guides and drivers, the Kenya Wildlife Service, mountain guides and rangers on Mount Kenya. As well as at a number of well-respected game lodges. These Wilderness First Aid courses have developed a good reputation in Kenya.
Cory now returns annually to support the ongoing training and development of the trainer team, and update them on the latest first aid techniques. This therefore covers the trainer requirements for continuing professional development (CPD). It also means Cory can observe, assess and review the trainers running courses. This quality assurance process is vital in order to run high quality, verifiable first aid training. And issue certificates with an equivalence of those produced in the United Kingdom.
In early January 2019 Cory has been working with the trainer team of John, Ken and Renson. Trainers who can teach in both English and Swahili ensures that the local students fully understand the course.
Part of this year’s trainer observation was working in Tsavo National Park working with groups from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service. The main focus of the courses in Tsavo is related to the work of the staff on the ground. Adventure First Aid works with the anti-poaching units and wildlife monitoring units that are based in very remote environments. They are typically either involved in incidents caused by wild animal attack, or wounds from bullets, arrows or spears.
John and Ken taught much of the course in Swahili, as some of the participants were not English speakers. This definitely shows the benefits of Kenyans running the training courses and Cory’s efforts at developing their skills as trainers.