Snake Awareness, First Aid & Snake Handling

Full-day Workshop
14 October 2023
For more information contact Wild Rescue.

Level 1 Course

The course starts at 08:30 am sharp.

We kick off with a Snake Awareness, Scorpion Awareness, Spider Awareness and First Aid for Snakebite/Scorpion Sting lecture that lasts around 3.5 hours. It includes scorpion and spider awareness and first aid, snake awareness, biology and behaviour, myths and superstition, identification, basic first aid for snakebite, as well as the medical treatment of snakebite and is followed by a written test.

This is a full-day course with a tea break at around 10:45, and a lunch break at around 13:00 with a light lunch provided. The Venomous Snake Handling will start at around 14:00.

Snake handling, depending on the group size, takes around 1½ – 2 hours.

The course usually concludes at around 16:00. Kindly note that these are suggested times and may vary.

Snakes used for the handling session vary but we usually make use of the following species: Puff Adder, Mole Snake and Cape Cobra.

Dress code and what to bring

Delegates doing the Venomous Snake Handling should wear long trousers and closed shoes.

As you will be writing a test just before the lunch break, please bring a pen and notepad (for those who wish to take notes). No prior studying or snake knowledge is necessary for the test and the format is multiple choice.

The African Snakebite Institute will supply all equipment needed for delegates to use during the snake handling session (hooks, tongs, buckets, and tubes).

Accreditation, Recognition, Registration, and Endorsements

Our course theory is FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) endorsed and is also registered with the following bodies:

HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) – registered health professionals earn 4 CPD points.

SAIOSH (South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) – registered participants receive 2 CPD points.

PCIPC (Pest Control Industry Professional Council) – registered members receive 3 CPD points when completing this course.

Our courses are accredited by the ISZS (the International Society of Zoological Sciences) and recognised by the AFGA (African Field Guides Association) and the NFTGA (National Federation of Tourist Guides & Affiliates).

Certificates and course material

Each delegate will receive a course certificate, First Aid for Snakebite booklet, as well as a full colour A3 Dangerous Snakes of Southern Africa poster.

PLEASE NOTE: All successful delegates will receive a certificate. Please ensure that we have the right name and surname as it will appear on the certificate. If details are provided incorrectly another certificate will have to be issued and sent by courier and will cost R250.00.

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