First Aid Courses (SOLO certification)
Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), WFR recertification and CPR (AHA BLS cert)
Respected Institution and Curriculum:
We offer medical courses and certifications through SOLO- a leader and founder of wilderness medicine programs. SOLO courses are nationally recognized (including Scouts, American Camping Association, National Park Service, Outward Bound, Americorps, numerous outdoor organizations, universities and more). Click here to learn more about SOLO schools.
Highly Qualified Instructors:
All medical courses are taught by Wilderness EMTs who are trained and experienced in outdoor adventuring and trip leading and have undergone extensive training through SOLO headquarters.
Descriptions of each course and how to register is listed below.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and SOLO WFR recert:
A 2 day (16 hour) course for anyone who wants to learn life-saving skills in a variety of environments. The course is designed for remote environments (outdoors, disaster, travel, rural areas) and focuses on improvising with limited resources. Skills include how to recognize and effectively manage a medical emergency, treating a variety of injuries, bleeding and infection control, splinting fractures, handling environmental emergencies such as heat exhaustion, lightning strikes, drowning, snake bites and more. WFA is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts; those who travel internationally or to remote areas for fieldwork, business or pleasure; homesteaders and those wanting to be more self-sufficient, those living in rural locations; students in the medical field who would like hands on training; and anyone who would like to learn first aid skills. The knowledge and skills gained here are useful for everyone (including city dwellers who live within 10 minutes of a hospital!).
Contact us if your organization/club/group would like to set up a private Wilderness First Aid course.
If you received your WFR from SOLO, you can recertify it with the two-day WFA class. The skills covered in the WFA recertification will follow the WFA curriculum (with additional instructor time to discuss/go over specific WFR skills students would like to review). At the end of the course, WFR-R students will send a packet (we provide) and recert fee to SOLO headquarters for processing.
~2 day (16 hour) course usually taught over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday 8 am- 5 pm
~$225 per person
~WFA certification card is valid for 2 years. To recertify and refresh skills, sign up for a regular WFA course
~WFR-R certification card is valid for 3 years (not valid without active CPR card).
~CPR BLS certification (AHA) available (as a separate $50 cost and certification).
~Minimum age to participate: 13
~Camping available on site for $50 per person for the weekend (1-3 nights).
Upcoming Wilderness First Aid and WFR-R Courses:
Sept 23-24, 2023
Oct 28-29, 2023
Dec 2-3, 2023
Feb 10-11, 2024
March 23-24, 2024
April 20-21, 2024
May 18-19, 2024
Wilderness First Responder (WFR):
An 8 day (72 hour) course that takes things to the next level! We will learn more advanced skills and treatments beyond the WFA class, go into each of the topics covered in the WFA in much more depth, learn anatomy and physiology, and have much more hands on practice and scenarios, and greater opportunity for experimenting and learning by trial and error. Basic Life Support (BLS) level CPR certification is included in this course (this is the CPR course taken by medical professionals). WFR is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to go beyond the basics, Scout leaders, outdoor trip leaders, camp counselors, people who work, visit or live in rural or remote areas, students in medical fields who would like extensive first aid training, and anyone who wants to expand their knowledge beyond basic first aid.
Contact us if your organization/club/group would like to set up a private Wilderness First Responder course.
~8 day (72 hour) course usually taught over a one week period. Generally Saturday- Saturday 8 am- 5 pm. (Having a weekends only WFR held over an extended period is also a possibility depending on interest.)
~$750 per person
~WFR certification card is valid for 3 years. Recertification is a 2 day course (below).
~CPR BLS certification (from AHA) included, valid 2 years
~Minimum age to participate: 16
~Camping available on site for up to 10 nights $150 per person
Upcoming WFR courses:
December 27, 2023-January 3, 2024
March 9-16, 2024
May 4-11, 2024