Snake Handling Bootcamp

Full day Workshop
15 October 20023
For more information contact Wild Rescue.

Please note, the Venomous Snake Handling Bootcamp is Level 2 of our courses. Our Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebite and Venomous Snake Handling (Level 1) must have been completed in order to book Level 2.
We host the Level 1 on the Saturday preceding the Level 2 which takes place on the Sunday. If you have attended Level 1, please forward a copy of your certificate to us when making your online booking for Level 2.


Level 2 Course

This is a full-day course that starts at 09:30 sharp.

We kick off with a brief theory session discussing the correct handling techniques, safe removal protocols, and the importance of crowd control. We then move onto the practical session where we recap the practical experience taught in the Venomous Snake Handling course – the use of snake hooks, snake tongs, buckets, and tubes. Following the tea break at approximately 10:45, the various methods of hooking and tailing venomous snakes is demonstrated and delegates practice these extensively.

We break at 13:00 for a light lunch (provided), and we then top off the training with real-life removal scenarios. 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, Cape Cobra and Boomslang.


Dress code and what to bring

Delegates should wear long trousers and closed shoes .
The African Snakebite Institute will supply all equipment needed for delegates to use during the snake handling session (hooks, tongs, buckets, and tubes).


Certificates and course material

Each delegate will receive a certificate, a First Aid for Snakebite booklet as well as a 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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