In Southern Africa there are over 170 different species of snakes. Fortunately, only 13 venomous species are potentially lethal, although a few others can produce severe and unique medical symptoms when a bite occurs. Most people can’t identify snakes accurately and therefore just kill them on-site immediately. In addition, people don’t know how to treat snakebites correctly, with some victims dying unnecessarily or ending up with permanent irreversible injuries which could include amputations and organ damage.
Our program is designed to provide delegates with a good basic understanding of snake biology, conservation, snake identification, basic snake identification with quick ID tips. The course also includes basic first aid for snakebite treatment together with basic CPR and rescue breathing techniques. After the theoretical component, we cover practical venomous snake handling skills using actual equipment and safe handling techniques, with actual venomous snakes indigenous to your area to provide delegates with the best practical experience possible.
Our course has been developed and will be presented by paramedics with degrees in Emergency Medical Care, sharing between them over 30 years worth of pre-hospital emergency care experience and 23 years worth of venomous snake handling experience. This high-quality course will has also been accredited as a Continual Professional Development event through the Durban University of Technology.
The training can be delivered nationally facilitated at our client’s premises, as long as we have 8 or more delegates to train on-site, or delegates can join one of our scheduled public course dates, which takes place at our emergency care training centres.