Outdoor Journal

Rough waters: The Cullowhee-based outdoor-skills training center, Landmark Learning, just announced its 2008 schedule for a wilderness- lifeguarding program called Wilderness StarGuard.

Adapted for remote settings and murky waters, the course is intended to provide important water-safety skills to a whole slew of people, including “backcountry guides and trip leaders, private expedition groups, park rangers, university outdoor education programs, wilderness therapeutic programs, wilderness rescue teams and safety personnel.”

Participants will develop the skills to evaluate a site’s safety, screen the abilities of affected swimmers and improvise rescues using common backcountry equipment. The training will be offered June 7 to 8 at the Landmark Learning campus in Cullowhee. A training session for instructors will be offered Sept. 2 to 5.

For more information or to register, call 293-5384 or visit Landmark Learning’s Web site (www.landmarklearning.org).

Skills set: The south Asheville footwear store, Foot Rx, will hold a series of free clinics on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. Talks will include learning to Nordic Walk (poles provided), an introduction to reflexology and integrative-health solutions, and strength-and-flexibility training for runners.

Foot Rx is located in the Turtle Creek Shopping Center. For more information, call 277-5151.

Save your gourd: The Alabama-based boating-helmet company Shred Ready will host a rare collection of “helmet art” at Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District next month. The event will take place on Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 10 p.m.

All the helmets on display will be available for sale or auction, and proceeds will benefit the Cullowhee-based nonprofit American Whitewater.

Local artists have already begun sending in their submissions. For more information, visit the exhibit’s Web site (www.becauserockshurt.com).

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