UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
We have been advised by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety that regular rules with respect to re-certification of a current First Aid certificates are once again in place. Expiration dates will now be upheld. Allowances and flexibility will no longer be available as they were earlier in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Workplace certifications must be current moving forward.
This is a significant change and so we wanted to be sure that our clients are aware of this in order to allow you to better make decisions about your training in the fall months.
UPDATE – JUNE 25
One month after starting up, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our clients. We so appreciate how you have worked with us to allow us to deliver our programs in a safe manner. We appreciate your cooperation with respect to Health Screening, Physical Distancing and the use of PPE when participating in practical activities. You have been AWESOME!
Now that we are in Stage 2 of re-launch, we have updated our client guidelines. We have increased our maximum group size to 15 participants and are also now asking our clients to provide their own masks for courses. Those who do not have masks can purchase a Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine re-usable mask at the course for only $10.
Please follow the link below to read the updated guidelines fully:
UPDATE – MAY 14
We learned yesterday that we are able to open as part of Stage 1.
We are delighted that we will have the opportunity to be back delivering courses in the very near future. As we start up again we will be beginning with programs in Canmore, in conjunction with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, Once the City of Calgary begins to open up, then we will look to get courses on the calendar there too. Please keep an eye on our website for dates of upcoming courses. We currently have several courses on our calendar between May 19 and the end of June. These will all also take place at Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore, We would be delighted to have you join us. We hope to add more courses to the calendar over the coming months to allow folks to play ‘catch up’ with their certifications. Although we typically do not offer many certified courses throughout July and August, we feel that many of you will be glad of the opportunity to complete your training as soon as you can, so we feel that might be a great solution for our clients.
I am sure it will come as no surprise that future courses will look a little different. We have taken steps to mitigate risks and implemented new procedures in accordance with current Public Health Guidelines. If you are interested in signing up for a course then take a look at the document below to get a sense of the strategies and adaptations RMAM has put in place to keep our clients and instructors safe at this time.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!
MAY 3 UPDATE
We are as excited as you all are at the prospect of opening up soon. When that will be exactly is still to be determined, based on the specific guidelines set by the Alberta Government and Alberta OH&S. We are currently waiting for specific guidelines for our industry to determine when we can again start to provide in person training. How that happens will likely look somewhat different. Courses will need to respect the Public Health Guidelines that will be in place and so we are currently working hard to adjust processes so that we are compliant and providing an environment that is safe for both clients and instructors. We will shortly be launching online re-certification options which will allow those anxious to get their re-certifications completed, a way to get started on renewing their qualification. Again, watch this website for those updates. We look forward to working with you again very soon. Till then, take care and stay healthy.
RMAM UPDATE – APRIL 17, 2020
A month into the Public Health Emergency and we are hanging in and working to prepare ourselves for re-opening as soon as we are able. We wanted to provide you with an update of what is happening with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine at this time;
- Currently all U of C courses are cancelled until June 30. We hope to add new courses to the calendar for July and August. Look for updates in May about available course options
- Courses at Yamnuska Mountain Adventures have been cancelled until the May long weekend. Again watch this Update location for information about when we will be re-starting programs in Canmore
- We are working on getting Blended programs approved by Alberta OH&S in order to have this format of course available for the future
- Look for updates on our website about online learning modules and options for you to keep your skills and knowledge current
In preparation for opening up again and offering safe courses to our clients, our management team is looking at the measures we can put in place to minimize contact, respect physical distancing requirements and allow for skill acquisition in a different way. We would like to reassure you that we plan to be up and running again as soon as we are able with new guidelines that will allow you to get your training in a learning environment that mitigates the risks for both our clients and instructors.
UPDATE ON FIRST AID CERTIFICATIONS FROM ALBERTA OH&S
Alberta OH&S have provided the following information to those individuals who currently hold valid certification that will expire during this period while courses are not available.
Certificate holders will not be required to provide documentation to OHS that one of the above conditions applies, but must keep their workplace first aid, audiometric technician or pulmonary function technician certificate as proof of certification, even if the expiry date has passed (applies to certificates with expiry dates on or after March 17, 2020). OHS officers will have flexibility in accepting expired workplace first aid, audiometric technician and pulmonary function technician certificates as proof of current certification.
To summarize, if a certificate expires as it cannot be renewed prior to the expiry date then OH&S will be flexible with respect to re-certification. This means that once we are back at work OH&S will not make an issue in relation to someone in the workplace having an expired certificate and will allow them to renew once they are able to do so. Staff should hold on to their current certificates even though they may have expired.
COVID-19 UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2020
THE SAFETY OF OUR CLIENTS AND INSTRUCTORS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE, OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO ALL OF US AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE MEDICINE. IN THIS CURRENT UNPRECEDENTED AND CHALLENGING SITUATION, WE HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO MAKE THE VERY DIFFICULT DECISION TO STOP OFFERING OUR FIRST AID PROGRAMS AT THIS TIME. AS THE COVID-19 VIRUS SPREADS, WE FEEL THAT WE CAN NO LONGER ENSURE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND INSTRUCTORS, SO WILL CEASE TO OFFER TRAINING PROGRAMS AT THE END OF TODAY’S SESSIONS UNTIL THE SITUATION RETURNS TO NORMAL. WE WILL PLAN TO RE-SCHEDULE CANCELLED COURSES AS SOON AS WE CAN. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR CALENDAR UPDATES.
WE KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE QUESTIONS WITH RESPECT TO YOUR CERTIFICATIONS. AT THIS TIME, WE DO NOT HAVE THE ANSWERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. WE ARE WAITING ON A STATEMENT FROM ALBERTA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY WITH RESPECT TO GUIDELINES FOR CERTIFICATIONS THAT EXPIRE AS THEY CANNOT BE RENEWED DUE TO COURSE CANCELLATIONS OR OTHER ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19. WE ALSO KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WORK DOES RESUME AND YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATION THAT YOU NEED TO ALLOW YOU TO GET BACK TO WORK. WE WILL TRY TO GET THOSE ANSWERS FOR YOU. PLEASE MONITOR OUR WEBSITE WHERE WE WILL POST ANY INFORMATION THAT WE ARE PROVIDED BY OH&S.
REST ASSURED THAT WE WILL BE BACK UP AND RUNNING AS SOON AS WE CAN. KEEP AN EYE ON OUR CALENDAR FOR NEW DATES AND OUR PLANNED RE-OPENING.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU VERY SOON. TAKE CARE AND THANK YOU!
CEO – ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE MEDICINE INC.