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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

We currently have 96 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
   9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
Central Arizona Mountain Rescue   Phoenix, AZ

Central Arizona Mountain Rescue
Central Arizona Mountain Rescue
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Telephone: 623-692-1908
Email: wildernessmedicine@cox.net
Website: http://www.mountainrescue.org/solo.html

Note: $155 course tuition. Participants can register online at http://www.mountainrescue.org/#!medical-training/cfys. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Central Arizona Mountain Rescue. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
Indiana University Outdoor Adventures   Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Outdoor Adventures
Eigenmann Hall, Room 020 1910 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47406

Contact Name: Dave Calvin
Telephone: 812-320-3546
Email: dcalvin@indiana.edu
Website: http://imu.indiana.edu/iuoa/trips.shtml

Note: $160 course tuition. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Indiana University Outdoor Adventures. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
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.
   9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
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.
   9/27/2014 - 9/28/2014
Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - Ocala   Ocala, FL

Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - Ocala
Silve River Museum & Environmental Education Center, 1445 NE 58th Ave
Ocala, FL 34470

Contact Name: Clay Gibbons
Telephone: 352-727-4733
Email: Clay@FloridaOutdoorAcademy.com
Website: http://www.FloridaOutdoorAcademy.com

Note: CPR available. Please visit sponsor website for pricing information and specials.

Registration:
This course offered by Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - Ocala. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center   Petersburg, PA

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669

Telephone: 814-863-2000 x 7510
Email: mxm51@psu.edu
Website: http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/rptm/shavers/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014
The Cohos Trail Association   Colebrook, NH

The Cohos Trail Association
6 Washburn Road
Colebrook, NH 03576

Contact Name: Chad Pepau
Telephone: 603-331-5396
Email: chad.pepau@gmail.com

Note: CPR available. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by The Cohos Trail Association. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
Adirondack Wilderness Medicine   Greenfield Center, NY

Adirondack Wilderness Medicine
Ndakinna Education Center - 23 Middle Grove Rd.
Greenfield Center, NY 12833

Telephone: 518-378-5623
Email: chayward@adkwildmed.com
Website: http://www.adkwildmed.com/

Note: $170 course tuition. CPR available for an additional $50 but students must pre-register. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Adirondack Wilderness Medicine. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
Dartmouth Outing Club   Hanover, NH

Dartmouth Outing Club
1 Valley Road
Hanover, NH 03755

Contact Name: Laura Dukeshire
Telephone: 603-646-2428
Email: laura.l.dukeshire@dartmouth.edu

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Dartmouth Outing Club. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
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.
   10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
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.
   10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014
MEDIC / BRMS (Virginia Beach)   Virginia Beach, VA

MEDIC / BRMS (Virginia Beach)
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports - 1624 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Telephone: 434-465-8733
Email:
Website: http://www.solowfa.com

Note: $180 course tuition. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by MEDIC / BRMS (Virginia Beach). Please contact them directly for registration information.

We currently have 96 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.