Save Our Streams - SOS - classes
I’m excited to let you know that the Izaak Walton League of America will be offering half-day training field days at three locations around Iowa to complement our online Save Our Streams training program! Attending a field day in combination with participating in our online training will allow you to complete your SOS certification this fall. Apologies for the late notice. We gave priority to our current online training participants before opening up the invitation up to a broader audience, and class sizes are limited.
Going through the online training videos will be a prerequisite for attending a field day (don’t forget the short 15-minute intro to biological monitoring video), as the online training videos will cover important background and contextual information that you’ll need at the field day. You do not need to pass the macroinvertebrate exam before attending a field day.
You will be able to choose a time slot of either 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM depending on what works best for you. You only need to attend one field day session. Out of consideration for other potential participants, please do not register for more than one session, as reservations will be limited to only 10 attendees per session. There is a $5 charge for attendance, which is only to help offset costs of materials you will receive at the training. The Izaak Walton League does not make any profit from SOS trainings.
Please pick one session from the list below if you’re interested in pursuing a Save Our Streams Certification in conjunction with the online training modules:
- Cedar Rapids, Saturday 10/24, 9 AM – 12 PM
- Cedar Rapids, Saturday 10/24, 1 PM – 4 PM
- Ames, Sunday 10/25, 9 AM – 12 PM
- Ames, Sunday 10/25, 1 PM – 4 PM
- Polk County, Sunday 11/1, 9 AM – 12 PM
- Polk County, Sunday 11/1, 1 PM – 4 PM
Measures will be taken to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19: we will be using extra gear to minimize sharing and close contact, hand sanitizer will be provided, masks will be required, social distancing will be observed whenever possible, and attendance will be capped at 10 attendees to limit the group size. If you would like to be trained and certified in SOS but are uncomfortable with in-person activities at this time, we plan to do more in-person trainings next year as well.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Save Our Streams Coordinator, Iowa
Izaak Walton League of America
Coming Soon to your Linn County Ikes Chapter
Early 2021 -- NRA Basic Pistol Classes
- Taught by Ikes members
- NRA certified instructors
- Includes classroom and live fire
- Low-cost -- Covers cost of materials
- Written test and Live Fire tests
When you pass -- your completion certificate can be used to apply for your Iowa CCW permit.
If you're qualified and wish to help, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other classes to follow. Watch this space for additional information.
Safety and Survival Classes
The purpose of this course is to better prepare you for an Active Shooter/Armed Intruder (AS/AI) event. This is both a lecture and a physical, hands on course open to all skill levels, ages 14 and up. The following topics will be covered:
• Active Shooter History
• Effective Communication Under Stress
• The Plan (Evade, Barricade, Respond)
• Survival Mindset/Mental Preparation
• Team Coordination
• Trauma Care
• The aftermath
• Scenarios for practice situations
All classes are taught by Mike McElmeel. Mike is a Paramedic, Emergency Medicine Educator, Law Enforcement Officer, and is retired from the US Army Special Forces. Additionally Mike is certified to teach several Self-Defense & Active Shooter Training programs. He is an experienced and skilled instructor and has taught at our Ikes before. Mike will engage each student individually, is an excellent communicator and is able to break down complicated problems into processable components.