Our boy scout troop leaders recently took the wilderness first aid class taught by Wilderness Education & Medicine of Texas. The class was very well organized and thorough in its content. There was an excellent balance between classroom training and hands on practice through realistic scenarios. Our instructor Jan Hackett was knowledgeable, friendly and able to provide examples of how to apply what we learned through his own experiences. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone who spends significant time in the outdoors.
I have taken this course twice and found it just as informative as the first time. Truth be told, I could take it another two times and still continue to learn – there is just that much information. What really sets it apart from CERT, is the depth of knowledge one gets, as well as the hands-on many exercises that allow each individual to get comfortable with the scenarios and the step-by-step assessments and response
Member Montgomery County CERT
A fourth generation fly fisherman he has also been a licensed guide and professional fly tyer. Jan became an avid outdoorsman while growing up in central Pennsylvania where he enjoyed fly fishing, backpacking and canoeing. Jan’s most recent adventures had him backpacking the Napoli coast of Kauai, mountaineering in Peru, fly fishing in North and Central America, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, circomventing Mount Rainer on the Wonderland Trail and much more.
In addition to being a Wilderness First Responder and currently bridging to Wilderness Emergency Technician Jan is an instructor in Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED, First Aid, Bloodborne pathogens, Emergency Medical Response, First Responder.
JanHackett - From 1999 to 2009 Jan was responsible for the leadership, development, and supervision of Duke University’s Outdoor Adventure Program for the Health Physical Education and Recreation Department. As a member of the faculty he provided instruction for outdoor recreation/leisure classes in fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, climbing and wilderness skills.
Prior to that he was the Owner/Manager of NC Anglers & Outfitters and served as the companies Director of its Orvis endorsed fly fishing schools.