Paul Buechner

Instructor

Paul Buechner

Paul came to NOLS Wilderness Medicine after an Army career highlighted by training paratroopers, Rangers, divers and cadets. Years of Latin American assignments were certain to include quality surfing. His outdoor experiences began while learning moose evasion tactics as a child in Alaska and practicing jungle survival skills as a teen in the Panama Canal Zone. Paul gained civilian pre-hospital experience running medical calls along California's coastal Highway 1 and transporting trauma patients over ocean sand dunes in a sweet 4x4 ambulance. He was a public safety diver on the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Dive Recovery Team, volunteered with the USC Catalina Island Hyperbaric Chamber crew, and travels annually to work at a Roatan, Honduras clinic. He also taught for both Cuesta College's EMT program and the California Army National Guard's combat medic program. Passionate about ocean safety and drowning prevention, Paul presently addresses a global public health issue with international lifeguard teams in countries with high rates of fatal and non-fatal drownings. He lives in Morro Bay, CA.