The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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we are looking for 6 people to join us to make up the numbers for a dedicated st johns course for overlanders. there is a fixed cost of £510, so the more people the better, up to a maximum of 10 persons in the group.
I know you are currently in Egypt, but did you succeed in doing this course?
Also, do you have a contact?
I have called ST John and Red Cross and have been told that they don't do 'hands on' first aid courses any more. They all seem to be office based courses, where it is assumed a medic is only 10min away.
It may be an idea to contact the British Army or even the TA. I used to be in the TA 22nd Cheshire's and at the time (10 years ago) we often did this sort of stuff because it benifited the lads running the course too. They may be willing, especialy if there was a Medical Corp local to your area.
Things may have changed but let me know how you get on. I could do with improving my skills too.
In my part of the world - peak district - there is an excellent first aid trainer called high peak first aid training.
The trainer will dedicate the course to your needs - she is very good and happy to take on many specific needs. I was a ranger in the park here for last ten years and she has been providing the training for all our full time staff for several years.
She runs mountain rescue and wilderness courses which could easily be adapted to suitthe needs of an overlander.
cant find her details at mo - but if anyone interested - email me and will put you in touch. Throughly recommend her - best emergency care training i have ever recieved - real hands on stuff - dont expect to spend the days in the class room - last time i saw her she was just buying a new quad!
Try info@LSTS-Safety.co.uk. They are recommended by the Royal Geographic Society - Expedition Advisory Centre, and do training for Land Rover.
They specialise in Expedition training, including first aid and "Bush" improvisations.
We have used them a couple of times and these guys certainly know their stuff! Watch out for the night exercise!!!!
Hmmmm, funny, already tried to post this message.... where did it go?
For me, the best training out there is provided by Wilderness Medical Associates. They were founded about 20 years ago by a doctor who found that you couldn't do a lot with the known medical practice and training when you are in a wilderness context.
Wilderness context is everywere and every situation from where or wich it takes at least 2 hours to get you patient to the hospital.
They have legal precedence and stuff to back this up, wich is nice to know.
They have 3 different courses:
* 3 day Wilderness advanced first aid
* 8 day wilderness first responder
* month long emergency wilderness medical technician
I have twice followed the Wilderness First Responder and several recerts.
Even with my background as an EMT I find these courses extremely usefull and wouldn't go 'out there' without following one.
I use the knowledge and skills frequently in the street-reality and if I dear to go on a trip I better take a decent first aid kit with me. I always end up using it...
You'll learn a variety of skills going from splinting, traction into position, CPR, how stop bleedings, do patient exams, making litters, preventing or stopping hypothermia,reduce some dislocations,...
You'll even practice giving somebody a simple muscular injection.
All this is placed in a set of protocols. By taking the course you are supposed to follow these protocols and this is what will give you the legal backing.
There trainers are very skilled. To become one you need real time on hands experience with patient on a regular base. You must have an in depth background of outdoor activities. And you must have teaching experience.
They have given courses to military, FBI, Outward Bound Schools, coastguards, National Park Service,...
The courses are very practical. Daily hands on practice and simulations are normal. You end up with simulation-patients who are faking constipations or bloody ripped of limbs. The lectures are given in a understandable way, you don't need to be a doctor.
There is some study work in the evening, but it is doable.
The video-debriefings of the simulations are extremely usefull and from time to time worth a good laugh.
Only down-side is that they are quite expensive and based in the USA. But once a year Outward Bound Belgium organises a course and invites an instructor to Belgium. This course is open for everybody who is interested. Last time there where folks from Bulgaria and Slovakia.
You can check out there website for more info.
If you have a change to follow one of there courses, don't hesitate
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