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Public First Aid Courses

PEI GSAR offers first aid courses that are open the public.

The Standard First Aid and CPR course includes adult, child and infant CPR and the use of an AED. The course is highly interactive, and is focused on building confidence and learning new skills in a fun way, using a diversity of adult-education principles and techniques.

The course is taught and facilitated by PEI Ground Search & Rescue team members who work with participants to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. They are each certified instructors with the Canadian Red Cross.

All participants must be a minimum of twelve years of age; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent, family member or guardian who is also taking the course. There is a ratio of 18 participants to 1 instructor on each course.

The course fee is $100/person for Standard First Aid and CPR, and all funds generated support PEI’s ground search and rescue operations. Instructor and facilitator time is 100% volunteer.


Next CourseS

Standard First Aid & CPR-C with AED
Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 2017

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Location: PEI GSAR Base at 195 Maple Hills Avenue, Charlottetown
Pre-requisites: None
Lead Instructor: Frances Gertsch

To register, email training@peigsar.ca



Public Map and Compass Course 

PEI GSAR offers an interactive introductory-level map and compass course that is open to the public. The course begins with a morning of classroom theory and hands-on exercises, including reading and using a map and using a compass. Course participants also spend half a day in the field (a woods environment) applying their newly acquired skills, working both in small groups and individually with support from course facilitators. By course completion, participants can expect to possess new or improved skills to effectively, confidently, and accurately navigate over land using a map and compass.

The course is taught and facilitated by PEI Ground Search & Rescue team members who work with participants to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.

Safety is our number one priority: proper dress (layered clothing, no cotton) and footwear (wet and muddy) is required for travelling in the woods and all participants must be a minimum of twelve years of age; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent, family member or guardian who is also taking the course. There is a maximum of 20 participants on each course.

The course fee is $$/person, and all funds generated support PEI’s ground search and rescue operations. Instructor and facilitator time is 100% volunteer.

PEI GSAR greatly appreciates the support of Don Campbell at Barnone Brewery and Hop Farm. Don is kind enough to let us wander through his beautiful woodlot to practice our critical map and compass skills. Thanks, Don!


Next CourseS

Stay tuned for another course coming soon.

$ to be announced
Payable by cash or cheque on the day of the event or by email money transfer to smcardle@live.ca in advance (use password peigsar)

Please bring:

  • paper/pen for notes
  • layered clothing appropriate for the weather (no cotton)
  • appropriate footwear (it is likely to be wet and muddy in the woods)
  • a 360 degree compass with base plate, if you have one

Email lead instructor Shawn McCardle if you have any questions.