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Leader Training Schedule

OA Leader Training Schedule

For course descriptions, visit the OA Leader Training Requirements Page

To register for any of the Leader Training sessions below, visit the OA TripStore

You can see that we offer Leader Training in a Condensed Version called FastTrack over Fall Break, Intersession, and Spring Break. We also offer the course on a weekly basis throughout the semester. You may also mix and match FastTrack classes with semester-long classes to complete all of the Leader Training requirements.


HEART Wilderness First Aid course (Take one)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack

  • Monday, October 27 - Friday, October 1: 1 - 6 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, November 2

Intersession FastTrack

  • Monday, January 26 - Friday, January 30: 1 - 6 pm. Mandatory Testing Saturday, January 31

Spring Semester

Weekly

  • Wednesdays, February 25 - April 29: 7:30-10:30 pm  (excluding midterms and Spring Break)- first week includes CPR
  • Fridays, February 27 - May 1: 1:30-4:30 pm  (excluding midterms and Spring Break)- first week includes CPR

Spring Break FastTrack

  • Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: 1-6 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, March 22

CPR (Take one)

CPR classes are scheduled before the start of each HEART Wilderness First Aid class.  See TripStore for specific details.


Leave No Trace and Technical Skills Course (Take one)

You can sign up for the FastTrack (weekend) class which includes Leave No Trace and Technical Skills Training or take the weekly course which meets for 2 hours each week over 5 weeks.

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack

  • Saturday, November 1: 9 am -7 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, November 2

Intersession FastTrack

  • Sunday, January 25: 9 am - 7 pm. Mandatory Testing Saturday, February 7

Spring Semester

Weekly

  • Tuesdays: March 31 - April 28: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Thursdays: April 2 - April 30: 4:30-6:30 pm

Spring Break FastTrack

  • Saturday, March 21: 11 am - 7 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, March 22

Managing Safety in the Backcountry (Take one)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack

  • Tuesday, October 28: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 30: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Intersession FastTrack

  • Tuesday, January 27: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Spring Semester

Spring Break FastTrack

  • Monday, March 16: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 17: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Weekly

  • Wednesday, February 11: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 24: 7:30 - 9:30 pm (week before LNT & Technical Skills Course begins)
  • Thursday, March 26: 4:30 - 6:30 pm (week before LNT & Technical Skills Course begins)
  • Wednesday, April 22: 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshops - (Take BOTH Workshop 1 & 2)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack

  • Workshop 1: Saturday, October 25: 1 - 6 pm
  • Workshop 2: Sunday, October 26: 1 - 6 pm

Spring Semester

Weekly

  • Workshop 1: Sunday, April 12: 1 - 6 pm
  • Workshop 2: Sunday, April 19: 1 - 6 pm

Spring Break FastTrack

  • Workshop 1: Saturday, March 14: 1 - 6 pm
  • Workshop 2: Sunday, March 15: 1 - 6 pm

Epinephrine Training session

The staff from McCosh Health Center will provide training to HEART Wilderness First Aid participants on how to use an Epinephrine (Epi) pen. Scheduled in conjunction with HEART classes.


Leader Training Trip (LTT)

Leading a group on a backcountry trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The final part of OA Leader Training is the Leader Training Trip, a 6-day backpacking trip which pulls together all of the skills you have been learning all semester. During the trip participants will be Leaders-of-the-day and in charge of the group including route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, outdoor cooking, first aid and emergency response, and Leave No Trace camping. To take part in an LTT participants must have completed all other leader training requirements. LTT options:

1. Intersession in January - to Ocala National Forest in Florida

2. After Final Exams in May (dates to be announced in March after final exam schedule is established)


Mini-Van Driver Training

OA Leaders are strongly encouraged to become authorized van drivers. You must complete an online course and quiz on driving mini-vans. Drivers must also complete a 30-minute road test.

To gain access to the online course and schedule a road test see the Public Safety Web Site.