Outdoor First Care (OFC) is a First Aid course taught primarily to individuals who need a basic/introductory first aid course meeting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace first aid. OFC is designed to teach candidates how to recognize patient problems, manage life threats, conduct basic skills and call for help. Individuals who work with sports teams, recreation or work environments who may witness medical issues or trauma can benefit from Outdoor First Care. For example, topics range from opening an airway, medical conditions and how to respond, altered behavioral situations, managing burns and communicating with advanced medical resources.
This course is a great option for those looking to renew their Coaching Authorization through the Iowa BOEE!
The student will learn online about 21 different topics through National Ski Patrol, then take an online test to receive a two-year certificate of successful completion. Students must bring the printed completion certificate from the online portion to the skills and hands-on class. Students must also complete a basic CPR/AED course before coming to the face-to-face course, you will be asked for your CPR card at this session. The students will learn practical skills in a classroom setting in the first face-to-face session and then will be tested on those skills to demonstrate competency the following week. The current national course fee is $25 paid to the National Ski Patrol. The Iowa Western lab fee is $35.