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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

We currently have 80 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

WHO IS THE WFA FOR?

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.

WHAT IS TAUGHT?

The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies - see course outline in sidebar.

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?

The WFA is held around the world throughout the year. See Schedule.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The total price will vary depending on the sponsoring organization and what amenities (e.g. room and board) they include. The Course Schedule may list the specific price for each course, or sponsor information will be provided. WFA courses taught at the SOLO campus cost $175 (tuition only).

WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?

This is also up to the sponsoring organization.

IS THERE AN EXAM?

Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.

DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO's Wilderness First Responder program.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA)

WHO IS THE AWFA COURSE FOR?

For anyone who wants more than Wilderness First Aid, but not as much as Wilderness First Responder, such as river guides.

WHAT IS TAUGHT?

Building on the WFA, the AWFA course goes into greater depth on the basic first aid subjects, emphasizes leadership skills, and presents new skills such as building improvised litters and litter carrying.

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?

Around the world throughout the year—click the schedule link at the top of the page to go to our course calendar.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The total price will vary depending on the sponsoring organization and what amenities (e.g. room and board) they include.

WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?

This is up to the sponsoring organization. Click the course schedule link at the top of the page for more info on each course.

IS THERE AN EXAM?

Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there is a written test at the end of the course.

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

Yes. You will receive a SOLO AWFA certification, which is good for two years.

DOES THE AWFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

It can be used to recertify SOLO's or any other 72+-hour WFR certification.

WFA Courses in the near future
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
Active Asheville   Asheville, NC

Active Asheville
370 N. Louisiana Ave. Ste G4
Asheville, NC 28806

Contact Name: Jon Clancy
Telephone: 207-712-4273
Email: jonclancy@gmail.com

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Active Asheville. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
AMC - Joe Dodge Lodge   Gorham, NH

AMC - Joe Dodge Lodge
Route 16
Gorham, NH 03581

Telephone: 603-466-2727
Email: amclodging@outdoors.org
Website: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm?act=9&type=5

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by AMC - Joe Dodge Lodge. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
Green Mountain Club   Waterbury Center, VT

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury - Stowe Road
Waterbury Center, VT 05677

Telephone: 802-244-7037
Email: gmc@greenmountainclub.org
Website: http://www.greenmountainclub.org

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Green Mountain Club. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides   East Burke, VT

Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides
PO Box 41
East Burke, VT 05832

Telephone: 802-274-4112
Email: kamountainguides@gmail.com

Note: $165 course tuition. CPR available for an additional $35. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
University of New Hampshire - Outdoor Adventures   Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire - Outdoor Adventures
Hamel Rec Center 128 Main St.
Durham, NH 03824

Telephone: 603-862-1577
Email: cary.rhodes@unh.edu
Website: https://campusrec.unh.edu/program/wilderness-first-aid-course-126-127

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by University of New Hampshire - Outdoor Adventures. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/6/2014 - 12/7/2014
Virginia Commonwealth University   Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University
101 S. Linden Street
Richmond, VA 23284

Telephone: 804-828-8986
Email: parentaj@vcu.edu
Website: http://www.vcu.edu/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Virginia Commonwealth University. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/13/2014 - 12/14/2014
BSA - Venture Crew #105   Athens, PA

BSA - Venture Crew #105
733 S. main St.
Athens, PA 18810

Telephone: 607-738-0218
Email: srb@appliedtechmfg.com

Note: Call or email for more information. CPR is available for additional fee.

Registration:
This course offered by BSA - Venture Crew #105. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/13/2014 - 12/15/2014
Fields Pond Nature Center   Holden, ME

Fields Pond Nature Center
216 Fields Pond Road
Holden, ME 04429

Telephone: 207-631-3224
Email: jeremyrobichaud@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fieldspondwfa.eventbrite.com

Note: Call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Fields Pond Nature Center. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/13/2014 - 12/15/2014
Fields Pond Nature Center   Holden, ME

Fields Pond Nature Center
216 Fields Pond Road
Holden, ME 04429

Telephone: 207-631-3224
Email: jeremyrobichaud@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fieldspondwfa.eventbrite.com

Note: $155 course tuition. Course runs Saturday 3-8pm, Sunday 9am-6pm, and Monday 5:30-8:30pm. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Fields Pond Nature Center. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/13/2014 - 12/14/2014
Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS)   Glendale, SC

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS)
270 Wheeling Circle
Glendale, SC 29346

Telephone: 864-529-0259
Email: jae@setgols.org
Website: http://www.setgols.org/

Note: $140 course tuition. CPR available for an additional $35. Lodging available for $15 per night. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS). Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/13/2014 - 12/14/2014
Valdosta University CORE   Valdosta, GA

Valdosta University CORE
Valdosta University CORE
Valdosta, GA 31698

Telephone: 352-727-4733
Email: brandon@floridaoutdooracademy.con

Note: $200 course tuition. CPR available for an additional $27. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Valdosta University CORE. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   12/20/2014 - 12/21/2014
Nantahala Outdoor Center / SOLO Southeast   Bryson City, NC

Nantahala Outdoor Center / SOLO Southeast
13077 Highway 19W
Bryson City, NC 28713

Telephone: 828-488-7190
Email: solo@noc.com
Website: http://www.solosoutheast.com/

Note: $175 course tuition. CPR available for an additional $35. Accommodations available at $15/night, kitchen provided, and food is available. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Nantahala Outdoor Center / SOLO Southeast. Please contact them directly for registration information.

We currently have 80 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.