AFRICAN SNAKE BITE INSTITUTE

By Johan Marais

 

 

 

2017 UPCOMING TRAINING COURSES

new30 September 2017. Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge, Gauteng.
Snake Awareness & Venomous Snake Handling Course.

new01 October 2017. Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge, Gauteng.
Advanced Snakebite First Aid Course.

 

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Reptile & Snake Training Courses by Johan Marais

Courses are FGASA endorsed and registered health professionals will earn CPD points.

SEE DATES FOR ALL COURSES PLANNED FOR 2017.

Dates may change and new courses may be added. The dates in this document have been reserved for courses in 2017 – each date will be confirmed at least two weeks prior to a course taking place. Additional dates for courses elsewhere like Durban, Zululand and Cape Town will be announced in the newsletter as well as on the ASI website and ASI Facebook page. This also applies to Advanced Snake Handling Courses, Advanced First Aid for Snakebite courses and Reptile Photography Courses.

Course Details

One day course in Snake Awareness, Scorpion Awareness, Snakebite First Aid and Venomous Snake Handling.

Course Pricing:

Pricing for various courses will be quoted with announcements for the particular course. See brochures for each course.

Credentials:

Johan Marais is a FGASA approved service provider and accredited by ISZS (the International Society of Zoological Sciences). He also does snake awareness and snake handling courses for NOSA, Travel Doctors and Inhemaco. This course is also registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and registered health professionals earn CPD points. Successful candidates are awarded a certificate in Snake Awareness and Venomous Snake Handling. This course is also recognised by the Directorate of Nature Conservation, Gauteng for those applying for a problem snake removal permit.

Program:

The course starts at 09:00 sharp with a Snake Awareness, Scorpion Awareness and First Aid for Snakebite/Scorpion sting lecture that lasts around 3 hours. It includes scorpion awareness, snake awareness, biology and behaviour, myths, identification, basic first aid for snakebite and scorpion sting, medical treatment of snakebite and is followed by a written test. We will break at around 13:00 for lunch (for your own account) and snake handling, for those doing it, will start at around 14:00 (these times are suggested and not exact). Snake handling, depending on the group size takes around 1½ - 2 hours.

Dress code:

Those doing the venomous snake handling should wear long trousers and closed shoes. On hot days please bring along a hat.

Equipment:

Snake tongs, snake hooks, scorpion torches, posters and some of my books will be available for sale on the day. Delegates that have any of my books are welcome to bring them along for an autograph.

As you will be writing a test just before the lunch break, please bring a pen.

Important:

1). No spectators are allowed during the Snake Awareness session. This includes children. Spectators (including children) are welcome to watch the venomous snake handling session from a safe distance but please ensure that spectators, especially small children, do not interfere with the training in any way.

2). Photographs will be taken during the course and will be made available via Dropbox. Participants and spectators are also welcome to take photographs of the handling session but video recording is not permitted.

3). Cell phones: The use of cell phones for text messages and calls is not permitted during the awareness or handling courses and may only be left on for emergency calls.

Please note:

1). All delegates attending the Heia Safari Ranch will have to pay a R30.00 conservation fee upon entering the premises.

2). Delegates that do the venomous snake handling will have to sign an indemnity prior to the practical session.

 

Please Click Here to download the Course Booking Form.

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Courses on Offer:



Snake & Scorpion Awareness:

This course is on dangerous and common harmless snakes of Southern Africa and is illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation. Delegates are encouraged to take notes and are given a written test. Successful candidates are awarded a certificate on completion. The duration of the course is 4 – 5 hours and it is offered in Gauteng or elsewhere.


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Reptile Awareness:

This course covers all of the major reptile groups in Southern Africa and is illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation. Delegates are encouraged to take notes and are given a written test. Successful candidates are awarded a certificate on completion. The duration of the course is 5 – 6 hours and it is offered in Gauteng or elsewhere.



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Venomous Snake handling:

This course starts off with a Powerpoint presentation on dangerous and common harmless snakes of Southern Africa, followed by a practical session during which safe handling techniques are taught. The course finishes off with a written exam and successful delegates are awarded a certificate upon completion. This course is aimed at people who often encounter venomous snakes and may be required to remove them as well as reptile enthusiasts and does not include the “necking” of venomous snakes, nor does it include the handling of Black Mambas. The duration of this course is 7 – 8 hours. 


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First aid for Snake Bite and Scorpion Stings:

The first aid course starts off with a Powerpoint presentation discussing dangerous snakes of Southern Africa, followed by the latest techniques in first aid treatment for snake bite. If required, emergency evacuation protocols are included and for corporate clients a complete procedure with basic manuals can be provided. A written exam follows and successful candidates are awarded a certificate.


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Corporate Talks:

A variety of corporate talks are offered with or without live snakes, Powerpoint presentations or interactive team-building programs.


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ADVANCED SNAKEBITE FIRST AID COURSE

A half day advanced first aid course for snakebite, also covering scorpion sting and spider bite, is nearing completion and will be offered soon. It will cover snake venoms and their effects, pressure immobilisation (with practical) and the use of a bag valve mask reserve. The proper use of a bag valve mask reserve in serious snakebites could be life-saving, especially in mamba and cobra bites.

The practical course is followed by a written exam and successful candidates will receive an internationally-accredited certificate endorsed by Emergency Care and Safety Institute of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Please E-mail me (jmsnakes@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending such a course or would like him to present such a course on site.


REPTILE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

A one day course in Reptile Photography:

  • Discussion of equipment needed and assessment of your equipment
  • Theory - Speed, Depth of Field, ISO
  • Composition - techinal aspects of photography and background
  • Light and lighting
  • Technical analysis of your 10 best and worst reptile photographs
  • Tricks of the trade
  • Practical session and feedback
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