Dave’s lifetime of experience leads Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine to heights of unparalleled professionalism. As an outdoor educator, Outward Bound staff trainer, leader of management workshops dealing with communication skills and leadership issues, and a nationally recognized rescue specialist, Dave has a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart.
Brenda works to direct and manage Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine Inc. A teacher and counsellor with over twenty years of experience, she facilitates learning experiences for a wide milieu of clientele. Brenda contributes a blend of organizational wizardry with instructional innovation which ensures the consistency of the product we offer our clients. Her enthusiasm directs the experiential learning environment that gives Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine its professional edge.
Alanna Thompson, BKin (ODPU) IGA Instructor
Alanna has been working in the outdoor industry for nearly 15 years. She has a Kinesiology degree (major Outdoor Pursuits) from the University of Calgary and a lifetime of living and traveling in remote places, guiding and interpreting in the Rockies and she is always dreaming of the next adventure. She uses an interactive approach to teaching that brings both excitement and practical examples to her courses.
Guy Kerr, MBA BSc EMTInstructor
Guy is registered EMT, a Swift-water Instructor with Alberta Lifesaving Society, a recognized trainer with ERI and a ICS trainer with the Canadian Interagency Fire Fighting Centre and Alberta Sustainable Resources. He has attended Rigging for Rescue training in BC and has taught with Dave and Brenda for over 20 years.
Doug Ritchie, B.Sc EMTInstructor
Doug is a registered EMT and a Search and Rescue instructor with SAR Alberta. He has been involved with Search and Rescue in Rocky Mountain House Alberta as a Search Manager and with the Mountain Rescue team. He has led and organized groups in the outdoors in numerous activities for over 24 years as the Director of Frontier Lodge. His passions are Telemark skiing, Backpacking and alternative building methods.
Deanna started teaching for Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine in 2007. She is a registered EMT-A in the province of Alberta and has also been a volunteer firefighter with the Turner Valley Fire Department for the last 10 years. She is currently serving as Deputy Fire Chief. Deanna has been teaching in the outdoor industry for the last 20 years but has focused more specifically on First Aid/CPR for both urban and outdoors for the last 6 years.
Gerry Rooke, EMT-PInstructor
Gerry has been with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine since 2003. He is an experienced and dynamic instructor credentialed by more than 15 years of emergency response. Gerry works as a Paramedic for Alberta Health Services, is the Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Turner Valley, and a Captain with the Turner Valley Fire Department.
Sarah joined the RMAM family in the spring of 2010. She had taken several wilderness first aid courses from Dave, so when we were looking for another switfwater rescue instructor, we recognized her name on a list of instructors from the Lifesaving Society. Sarah has an Adventure Travel Guide Diploma from Thompson River University where she obtained a variety of outdoor certifications and qualifications.
Bryan has a Bachelors Degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership from the University of Mount Royal and a Masters in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Together with extensive industry experience he is a well-versed adventurer. He has been leading adjudicated youth and at risk youth wilderness expedition programs in Northern Ontario, Southeast Alaska, and Vancouver Island for the past eight years. He enjoys travelling, and his passions are paddling and Split-boarding, and is always up for an adventure.
Ian Sherrington, MA-LT BPEInstructor
Ian has been instructing wilderness survival courses for Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine since 2006. In his courses, he believes strongly in introducing folks to simple concepts such as self awareness, confidence, and responsibility as they pertain to getting your “arse” out of sticky spots in the backcountry. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal University in Calgary and possesses an Outdoor Pursuits Bachelors Degree and a Masters in Leadership.
Originally from England, Matt came to Canada in 2007. He has worked as an adventure guide for over eight years, and has taken his passion for guiding people in the outdoors around the world. His international experience ranges from leading self-contained expeditions through the Australian bush with youth; to white water raft guiding across Western Canada, Scotland and as far as the Indian Himalaya. Matt now spends his time instructing first aid. His passions outside of work are to ski tour during the winters and anything that presents an adventure during the summer!