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Serving Henderson and Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina
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Outdoor Recreation & Leadership

Blue Ridge Community College is developing exciting course offerings for outdoor enthusiasts. Offerings include:

  

Advanced Survival Skills I
Take your basic outdoor survival skills to the next level with this class focusing on advanced
survival topics and techniques. If you have already attended a Basic Survival Skills class at BRCC you are particularly encouraged to participate and continue to develop your skills. Topics will include advanced shelter, water, hunting, weapons, cooking, hide tanning, traps & snares, tracking, cordage from plant fibers, fishing and even survival watercraft. Please visit the BRCC bookstore to purchase the required book.

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Introduction to Bicycle Mechanics  
Learn the essentials of assembling, adjusting and basic maintenance of today’s high quality bicycles. This course is designed to help prepare students to work as shop assemblers and fleet maintenance personnel. This course will start to prepare you for the BSE Level 1 Certification. Students are required to bring an essential tool kit to the first class (approximate value $50 - list of required tools available upon request).

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Bicycle Mechanics II  
Build on the skills learned in Bicycle Mechanics I in this course that takes you to the next level of bicycle mechanic skills. Learn wheel mechanics and truing, drivetrain install, headset service and adjustments. Students are required to bring an essential tool kit to the first class and the list of required tools will be provided upon registration (approximate value $90).

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Find Your Way!
Learn to navigate in the wilderness with simple and readily available tools. This course is part of an engaging series of classes related to surviving in the outdoors. You will learn to find direction and respond to being lost in the outdoors with or without a compass. Compass and topographical map reading will be covered. There will also be some fun exercises with the compass including a geocache treasure hunt. 

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Learn to Survive in the Outdoors
Acquire a number of critical skills related to surviving in the outdoors. Make weapons to be used for hunting and acquiring food in a survival situation including slings, bolas, atlatls, bow and arrows and throwing sticks. Learn directional skills and how to read a compass and topographical map. Learn to make fishing rigs, cordage from plant fibers, basket traps, fishing spears and nets. This course combines classroom lessons with hands-on learning while making hunting and fishing weaponry and experiencing a geocache hunt with a compass. Course fee includes supplies, please bring your own compass. 

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Survival Skills: Firemaking
Learn how to make fire without using matches in a survival situation. Learn friction fire making methods such as fire plow, fire saw and bow drill. Modern methods like fire steels, chemical, burning glass, cotton ball preparations, using a battery and more will also be explored. 

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Wilderness First Aid Training
Prepare for the unexpected with this WFA course. Incorporating fast paced, hands-on training designed  to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. This course will prepare you to care for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sounds decisions in emergency situations.

To view course information and register online, search Wilderness at:

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Wilderness First Responder
Train to respond to emergencies in remote settings with this nationally recognized program. This course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations and includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge your decision making abilities. Adult CPR is included. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the WMI Wilderness First Responder and WMI Adult & Child CPR certifications. 

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Contact Us 

M.C. Gaylord
Continuing Education Program Specialist
m_gaylord@blueridge.edu
(828) 694-1779