What are you going to do when your riding buddy doesn’t get up from one of those little trail side tumbles, we all have had. Not my favorite thought, but one that needs serious consideration, every time I join a rider group and ride the miles.
One of our Missions at Giant Loop is to Advocate motorcycle rider safety awareness and encourage riders to get First Aid training, for use in a Moto-Emergency. Giant Loop’s Mojavis for Medics program is one of the ways we focus attention on the safety of our fellow riders, another opportunity is to identify ways for riders to gain knowledge and experience from experts in First Response and teachers of First Aid. We know there are many Red Cross branches in cities across the US and each offers a First Aid training course to the community. Some folks, however, want more specific instruction than what the local branch can offer.
Rick teaches a program that is geared directly to motorcyclists and addresses specifically the types of scenarios that a motorcyclist could face while traveling on the road. His frame of reference is street bikes and street based incidents, but what he teaches applies to Motorcyclists and is filled with his lifetime of experience. Since knobby tire bikes and dual-sport riders still gotta get from the driveway to the trails, the training he offers directly applies to us, too. I had the chance to meet and talk to Rick at the Rally in the Gorge last summer. He really has a feel for his craft and his experience shows in his teaching. Check out what others have said about his program and get involved in learning how to be an asset during a Moto-Emergency, rather than a bystander.
Photos from adventurebikerider.com and Rick’s site.