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Course Conduct & Pretest Policy

Course participants are responsible for their own well-being. This includes good health and strong physical condition, and may be required to obtain a physician's release prior to departure. Participants are expected to act in a considerate manner toward all group members and with respect. Participants are prohibited from using illegal drugs and alcohol while on CWS courses. Participants give their consent for CWS to use their photograph, likeness and/or voice to be used in its publications, including websites.

The Center for Wilderness Safety expects that all participants come prepared to put forth their best effort. Every CWS course requires participants to follow instructions, try new activities and work as part of a team. Our courses are sometimes physically, mentally and emotionally challenging and require a strong commitment from the participant. A participant will be removed from a course by a staff member it they exhibit behavior deemed inappropriate to our school’s mission and policy. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol is against Center for Wilderness Safety policy and will result in expulsion without refund.

Course Pretests

Several courses, such as Wilderness First aid, require that participants complete a pre-course reading assignment and open-book pretest. Participants who do not complete the required Wilderness First Aid pre-course reading assignment and pass the open-book pretest (with a passing score of 80% or better) after taking the pre-test twice resulting in a failing grade will not be issued a refund, will not be permitted to take the course, and will be required to pay the full tuition if registering for a future course.

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