North America Outdoor Institute


Training Courses

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General Wilderness Safety Training


The North America Outdoor Institute offers Winter and Summer Safety and Environmental Awareness training programs for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Classes can be held at your place or ours (1770 N. Pittman Road, Wasilla, Alaska 99623). CALL 907-376-2898 or click to email NAOI to learn more.

 

All courses have a minimum student registration. Class will be rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance if this minimum is not met.

School Survival Challenge Game - Cost $1000-$2,500 to serve your entire student body. Elementary, Middle, High school level programs. This Training is designed to teach and provide practice for wilderness survival. Presented as a one-day health and safety event, students are presented with a real-life scenario and are shown practical ways to overcome the challenges of being stranded or lost in the Alaskan wilderness through a fun, fast-paced survivor game. Students and teachers work in small groups with professional outdoor instructors in 25 minute to 2-hour blocks. Call 907-376-2898 to learn more.

Wilderness Survival Challenge Game - Cost $150 per person per day. One, Two and Three day courses available. Adults, Teens and Family Divisions. This is an 8, 16 or 24-hour training program designed to teach and practice survivor skills. Presented with a real-life scenario, participants are taught skills needed to overcome the challenges of a survival situation in the wilderness through a fun, fast-paced survivor game.

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Little Explorers – 4 to 8 years - $40 per student, - 3 hours.

      Youth Explorers – 9-12 years - $50 per student – 4 hours

      Teens – 12-17 years  - $225 – 18 hours (3-days)

      Adults – 18+ - ($25 to $395) Programs are customized for event location, available time commitment and audience needs. Join a scheduled group or build your own class (10 student minimum.)

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The Wilderness Safety Challenge can be used as a great party game (1 to 2 hours) or a serious certificate program (1 to 3 days.) The objective of this program is to raise awareness and prepare all ages to recreate and travel safer in Alaska.


Wilderness Medical Training


CPR/AED - American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute – Cost $55 per person. (Valid for 2 years.) This is 4-hour course and is nationally certified through AHA or ASHI (NAOI offers both.) Group discount rates available. Call to be included in one of our group courses or schedule your own. 10 student minimum.

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Basic Wilderness First Aid– Cost $125 per person. This is an 8-10 hour course for those who are involved in wilderness recreation.This course may also meet the needs of volunteers and professionals who lead groups on short trips in relatively low-risk situations. Nationally certified through the American Safety and Health Institute.

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Wilderness First Aid - Cost $225 per person. This is a nationally certified 3-day wilderness medical training program, geared for those who recreate frequently in the backcountry or spend time camping with their family. Two year certification through SOLO and includes American Heart Saver CPR/AED certification.
WFA only=$200
WFA w/CPR=$225

Wilderness First Aid Afloat - Cost $225 per person. This is a nationally certified 3-day wilderness medical training program, geared for those who work in the marine environment. Two year certification through SOLO and includes American Heart Saver CPR/AED certification.
WFAA w/CPR=$225 (price may vary depending on location.)

Wilderness First Responder Recertification - Cost $225 per person. This course recertifies WFR certs. from WMA, WMI, SOLO, and Remote Medical.  SOLO’s certification is valid for three years.  There are two ways to recertify; either through a WFA course, or a traditional WFR refresher program.  Price varies, depending on location of course.  CPR option provided.
WFR Recert only=$225
WFR Recert w/CPR=$250

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Wilderness First Responder - Cost $625 - $700 per person (Price varies, depending on location of course.) This is an intensive 72-80 hour certification course nationally certified through SOLO which focuses on evaluation, treatment and rescue for backcountry medical situations.  This is a three-year certification and includes AHA Healthcare Provider CPR. 

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Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) - This is another SOLO certification program, recently offered in Alaska as a summer semester through University of Alaska’s Matsu Campus.  This 180 hour course meets the requirements to sit for the National Registry EMT exam, State EMT-B exam, and Wilderness EMT exam.  Call us today for pricing, or to inquire about this intensive wilderness training program. 

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Child and Babysitting Safety training. - Cost $200 per person. This is a two-day (16) hour national certified course for anyone that is in a position to provide care for infants and children.  This is a two-year certification through the American Safety and Health Institute.  CPR option provided.

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Wilderness Medical and CPR certification provided by SOLO, AHA / America Heart Assocation, and/or ASHI / American Safety and Health Institute

 

Be Snow Smart - Winter Safety


Be Snow Smart I - Cost $25 per person – 90 minute presentation. Great for those new to Alaska or looking for a great refresher. Introduction to safe winter mountain travel providing practical skills for everyone. (30 student minimum.) Supported by the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety.

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Be Snow Smart II - Cost $75 per person. This four-hour course takes participants beyond awareness to the ‘what next stage.’ This course includes a two-hour workshop covering more on weather forecasting, terrain management tips and snowpack analysis, plus two-hour in-the-field practice.

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Be Snow Smart III - Cost $150 per person. This one-day (8 hour course) combines indoor program time with more extensive hands-on outdoor experience. Training emphasis is on planning and preparation, weather forecasting, snow stability evaluation, hazard assessment, terrain management and rescue in the backcountry focusing on critical thinking and in-the-field decision making process including group member dynamics. (Exceeds a SAR Tech III)

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Avalanche Level I - Cost $395 per person. Includes course materials, field notebooks, and the use of BCA avalanche rescue equipment. This three-day (24-hour) course is an AAA/AIARE recognized course and combines indoor lecture time with hands-on outdoor experience. Topics include: planning and preparation, relevant weather phenomena, terrain assessment, understanding snowpack, route finding, basic test procedures and interpretation, decision making, group management, avalanche transceiver use and basic rescue.

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Avalanche Level II - Cost $495 per person. Includes course materials, field notebooks, and the use of BCA avalanche rescue equipment. Includes course materials, field notebooks, and the use of BCA avalanche rescue equipment. This four-day (24-hour course) is a AAA/AIARE recognized certificate course and combines indoor lecture time with hands-on outdoor experience. This course builds on the training provided in Level I.

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Snowmobile Smart - Winter Safe Travel


Community Awareness / Introduction to riding - Cost $45 per person – 60 to 90 minute presentation. From trails to glaciers to mountains, great introduction to safe winter mountain travel providing practical skills for everyone. Covers the basics for riding snowmobiles in Alaska. (30 student minimum.) Supported by the Alaska Division of Parks, SnowTrac

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Winter Snowmobile Safe Travel - Cost $200 per person, per day, plus fuel and equipment fees. Includes student manual. These courses are focused on safe snowmobile travel and operation on trails, rivers, lakes, glaciers and mountains. Includes environmental awareness, mechanical overview and maintenance, avalanche awareness and in-the-field operations. View course curriculum - Supported by the Alaska Division of Parks, SnowTrac

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Be Summer Smart - Wilderness Safety


Summer Safety Series - These courses range from 2-8 hours and include training on basic backcountry travel, navigation/orienteering, Alaska plants and animals, ATV/bicycle and water safety. All courses are interactive and include an outdoor field activity. Course #SSS101

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Alaska Wild Plants - Learn to identify and utilize Alaska's wild plants. Courses range from awareness walks to workshops that help you make teas, tinctures, salves and much more. In addition, NAOI now offers private walks with Plant Specialst Shelley Plumb. Schedule your private visit today to learn what plants you have growing in your yard.

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Emergency Preparedness

 

Community Safety Fairs – NAOI supports the National Emergency Preparedness Safety effort to help prepare our friends and neighbors in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. We help to host between 2 and 4 fairs per year based on community support. These fairs are Free to the public. <

CERT – Citizen Emergency Response Team – (18-20 hours.) $Price TBD. This was formerly a federally funded training program that helps to prepare leaders in our community to step forward and aid in times of natural disaster or emergencies. The funding for this program was cut and NAOI has agreed to take on CERT to see if the community will cover the true cost of the program. -


Other Courses


NAOI offers custom training programs for communities, companies or organizations, groups, families... Call today to request a training program that meets your needs. Certified and public safety courses available. From 60 minutes to multi-day training. Contact our office at 907-376-2898 for pricing and scheduling.

 

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