Bruno Parente

Bruno is currently an E.R. physician and a Dive Medicine specialist from Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. After Med school he spent a few years in the Brazilian navy as a Diving Medical Officer, when he experienced Wilderness Medicine. Later he worked around the South Atlantic, in offshore oil platforms as remote site physician.

He is engaged with the development of Dive and Hyperbaric Medicine locally as member of DAN Emergency Hot Line.

Whenever he can, he is the sea practicing free diving spearfishing. This passion already took him around, guiding spearfishing expeditions in remote areas such as Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean and also Sea of Cortez, even in sharky waters!

Britt Venn

Britt has spent years serving as a Medic in the Canadian Armed Forces and now dedicates her time training others. Her background includes working as a SCUBA instructor, Ice , Swiftwater and Rope Rescue Instructor, Raft Guide, Rope Access Technician, Kayak Instructor, and also Adventure Training Instructor for the British Army. She has owned a Remote Medical Company that served industrial worksites and her education includes a diploma in Adventure Guiding from Thompson Rivers University where she focused heavily on rescue, mountain and watersports. She then spent additional years majoring in Tourism Management and Entrepreneurship through their Bachelor of Tourism Management Program

Brigitte Denton

Brigitte has lived in the Eastern Sierra (Mammoth Lakes, CA) since 2007 moving from Southern California where she grew up with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching credential in Biological Sciences. Prior to moving to the Sierra, she spent 18 years as a Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard and EMT protecting the lives of beachgoers and 7 years teaching middle school integrated science. In 2003 she became a Wilderness EMT and later left traditional K-12 teaching to pursue outdoor education. Since 2007 she has guided and instructed courses in mountaineering, backpacking, and sea kayaking disciplines exploring areas of Alaska, the continental U.S., and Europe as well as developing an urban first aid/CPR program through her own educational business, Beyond Limits Education. When Brigitte is not teaching for WMA, she instructs courses for NOLS, guides for Sierra Mountain Guides and Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC, runs her own business, and spends time adventuring with her husband.

Brandon Chee Hon Loong

Brandon Chee’s interest in Wilderness Medicine began in 2005 with his first Wilderness First Responder course and currently holds his WEMT certification. He also gained his interest in Advance Sport Medicine.

Brandon, with his 20 years of experience in the outdoor education field, has also garnered experience in conducting Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme throughout Asia Pacific regions. Besides that, he also involved with International Disaster Relief Mission and Local Search & Rescue Relief Mission. He also has strong interest in the environment and still continues doing research in recreational ecology in his PhD.

Bradford Sablosky

Brad is a Firefighter/Paramedic with Durango Fire & Rescue, and a ski patroller at both Purgatory and Telluride Mountain in southwestern Colorado. Brad’s wilderness background includes 18 years working for Northwaters wilderness program in Temagami, Ontario, 11 years as a river guide and 7 years as program director. A backcountry pilot, Brad has a Cessna Skywagon and uses it to explore the desert southwest and the Canadian north. 

 

Bourne Rigano

Any water anywhere is where Bourne can be found sailing, surfing, or whitewater rafting and canoeing. When on land, Bourne spends his time as a Registered Nurse in a rural Maine Emergency room, and as a Registered Maine Guide in recreation and whitewater rafting in Northern Maine. While at home in West Paris, Maine he enjoys his family, dogs, gardening, and stone sculpting.

Bob Vranich

Bob has worked full time in the outdoor adventure industry since 2004 as a river guide, expedition leader, operations manager, and educator.  Although Bob has worked on some of the best and most challenging rivers in the world, the most fulfilling aspect of his career has been working as an educator.  His passion for teaching led Bob to his current faculty position in the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University where he teaches classroom courses on the adventure and adventure tourism industries and field courses in swift water rescue, kayaking, wilderness first aid, and rafting.  Bob also coordinates the whitewater kayaking and wilderness first aid programs at TRU.  When he is not teaching in the field or in the classroom, Bob enjoys exploring the wild rivers and mountains of beautiful British Columbia.  

Bob Abbott

Bob works as a career Advanced EMT, Training Coordinator and EMS Instructor for Bonner County Emergency Medical Services in Sandpoint, Idaho. A seasoned EMS provider and instructor, Bob is a member of the county Wilderness Response Team and volunteers for a local search and rescue group. Bob also worked for more than 20 years as a professional writer, photojournalist and natural history photographer. He lives in Sandpoint with his wife, Lisa, and their household of rescued animals.

When he’s not dodging moose in his front yard, Bob spends his time soaking in all the magic the North Idaho backcountry has to offer.

Andrew Hagen

Andy has been involved with outdoor adventure for the past fifteen years.  As a guide and facilitator, has has worked in a variety of wilderness settings though he remains partial to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota.  He has a M.S. in Educational Leadership and is a certified EMT.  Andy divides his time between working as an on-call EMT, teaching courses for WMA, and raising two kids with his wife.  

Andrew Bezon

Andy works year round managing outdoor programs at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset Maine.  Before making the move to the east coast Andy guided, and eventually managed, 7-week therapeutic wilderness trips in South East Alaska and British Columbia.  During this time in Alaska he also volunteered as a member of the local fire department and ambulance service.  Andy is a registered Maine guide and has a master’s degree in experiential education from Minnesota state university at Mankato.  Andy’s interests include backcountry snowboarding, paddling and fishing.  When not in the office or in the field, Andy can often be found spending time with his wife and son on their family farm in mid-coast Maine.