Ville Melkko

Ville is a firefighter-paramedic from the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Besides his job, he is finishing his nursing degree and works as a part time ski instructor as well. Ville does all kinds of sports including skiing in its various forms, mountain biking and trekking and likes to travel around the world from the tropics to the arctic and meeting new and interesting people.

Trevor Page

Trevor grew up running through the forests with Scouts, and completed a stint in the Army Reserve as a 'young lad'. He left to explore the world a bit and learn at University but returned to the woods to become a professional wilderness guide, primarily leading backcountry canoe trips and dogsled expeditions. These days he teaches others how to play safely in the bush as a Wilderness Safety and Survival Instructor in Manitoba. In his spare time, he's a member of the local Fire Department, Ground Search and Rescue, and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association – or at home reading about the things he teaches.

Certifications & Education:
  • WFR
  • WRT
  • Paddle Canada Instructor
  • Manitoba Hunter Safety Instructor
  • Canada Firearms Safety Instructor
  • First Aid Instructor (Red Cross)
  • Adventure Recreation & Parks Technician Diploma with Honours (Sault College)
  • Associate of Arts Degree Global Stewardship (Capilano University)

Tryggvi Hjörtur Oddsson

Tryggvi is from Selfoss, Iceland and has been a member of ICE-SAR since 2007 and is now team captain of Selfoss SAR team. He received his EMT-B certificate in 2010 and finished his W-EMT upgrade in 2011. Tryggvi has been teaching first aid to ICE-SAR members since 2012. 

He now works as a nurse in Reykjavík University Hospital emergency room where he has been working since he started nursing school in 2012. 

Tryggvi's main focus of search and rescue has been general SAR and first aid with a touch of rope and swift water rescue. He now mainly focuses on commanding search and rescue operations as a member of his counties area command unit. 

Trevor McGarry

Trevor fell into the outdoor world by starting as a teacher at The Boundless School more than a decade ago.  Mixing his passion for teaching and guiding Trevor has made the rivers of the Ottawa valley his home and office. Currently, the Operation’s Manager at Paddler Co-op, a not-for-profit whitewater paddling instructional organization, Trev loves engaging others in the outdoor classroom. As a certified school teacher, paddler and gardener Trev enjoys the simplicity of rural life in his cabin in the woods.

Tyler Lawrence

Tyler grew up in rural Ontario where the rule was “if the sun is out, then you're out(side)” While going through the Air Cadet program he received his Survival Instructor Qualification at age 15 which further solidified his connection to the outdoors. He became a Medic with the Canadian Forces, providing medical support that ranged from mini-expeditions to a Disaster Assistance Relief Team deployment for earthquake relief in Nepal. He completed his Aeromedical Evacuation course and worked as a Flight Medic with the RCAF, training and completing missions all over North America and Europe. He currently is employed with the RCAF as a Firefighter and continues to teach bushcraft and survival on his parent's 100-acre farm. In his off time he can be found doing one of four things; on his next adventure with his wife, working out, hunting or fly fishing.

Tuo Dawei

Mr. Tuo started outdoor activities on 2000 and spent 5 years in the biggest outward development school of China as safety supervisor. He is skilled in hiking, backpack trekking, mountaineering, ice climbing, SCUBA diving and act as team leader for high altitude climbing more than 10 times.

He took part in outdoor first aid trainings, such as 120 first aid training, in dozen years, set up first aid courses in outdoor trainings, and conducted the courses as a trainer.

Working now at:

Top summit explore company – general manager

Summit outdoor school – vice-president

Top summit explore company is the first specialized corporation in China that focus on advanced travel and exploration all over the world and the main products are exploring at the peak of seven continent and south and north poles. We function to outdoor recreations for different requirements individually.

Summit outdoor school is specialized in public service. They help the participants to establish the proper ideas of outdoor recreations. They devote to be the greatest outdoor school in public training.

Tom Rader

Since his first taste of medical training in 2000 at a WFR course, Tom has been actively pursuing medical training. While working as a Paramedic in Dallas, he enlisted in the Navy as a Corpsman (he was told they would send him to some cool medical training), and subsequently got attached to a Marine Reconnaissance unit and deployed (after, of course, going to numerous cool medical courses). While overseas, he developed and taught a Tactical Combat Casualty Course (TCCC) to the Iraqi Brigade Scouts and kept all of his Marines topped off with Motrin.

Since he has been back in the US, he has taken an avid interest in climbing 14ers and mountain biking during his time off. When he is not teaching for WMA, he works for University of New Mexico Hospital developing clinical web applications.

Tony Shope

Tony is a career Paramedic with over 15 years as a Critical Care Provider, both Air and Ground. The last 7 have been spent as a Remote Healthcare Provider/Paramedic, operating in Kenya, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and rural/remote locations in the continental US and Alaska. Paralleling his Paramedic career, he has been a Deputy Sherriff, SAR Member, Emergency Manager and is currently the Deputy Chief of the North Bench Fire District in Boundary County Idaho. He and his wife Victoria have been teaching together since 2009 and have unveiled the culmination of their work, Black Mountain Expeditionary & Rescue Medicine, based out of Bonners Ferry Idaho. Tony’s love for Remote Medicine coupled with his unique experiences drives him, to both share his knowledge, and learn from his Course Participants at every turn.

Uli Tsai

Uli Tsai is an EMT-P. He had worked as a Joint replacement technician in Surgery Room, a Flight EMT at Medical Transport Assistance, and did risk management for Outward Bound Taiwan. Now he is an instructor at SC-OUTING company, a volunteer EMT in the Fire Department and a volunteer scouter. Due to his passions for outdoor activities and EMT, he devotes himself to promoting wilderness medicine and Mountain Medicine.

Will Smith

Will Smith, M.D. is the current Medical Director of Wilderness Medical Associates International and has been a one of our instructors since 2007. Will is an avid outdoorsman, emergency room physician, paramedic, and Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (FAEMS). Currently, Will works as a full-time emergency department physician at St. John’s Health in Jackson, Wyoming,… Read more »