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Staying safe while on your hiking excursions is simply a matter of common sense. However, there are specific guidelines that are invaluable to hikers. Many courses in hiking safety are available online or at courses offered by local hiking clubs. Many of these courses provide lesson plans for you and your hiking partners so that you can continue your education on your own. Among the topics, it's important to study how to deal with natural disasters while hiking, preventing animal attacks, and nature-specific first aid (i.e., how to use the immediate environment in a medical emergency).