Mark DeJong / Guest Instructor
Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 22 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshalls Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia.
He considers himself a lifelong learner and, when not immersed in medical material, Mark continues to hone his Bushcraft skills. He is often spotted making improvements to his seasonal residence, the Tarp Mahal, at the Georgia Bushcraft Base Camp. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he frequently uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.