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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

We currently have 115 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
   4/19/2014 - 4/20/2014
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.
   4/19/2014 - 4/20/2014
Tufts Wilderness Orientation   Medford, MA

Tufts Wilderness Orientation
44 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155

Telephone: 617-627-0462
Email: christa.torres@tufts.edu
Website: http://www.tuftswildernessorientation.com/

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

Registration:
This course offered by Tufts Wilderness Orientation. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/23/2014 - 4/24/2014
Cherry Gulch School   Emmett, ID

Cherry Gulch School
3770 E Black Canyon Hwy
Emmett, ID 83617

Contact Name: Cliff Stockton
Telephone: 208-308-3166
Email: stockton.cliff@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cherrygulch.org/

Note: $185 course tuition. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Cherry Gulch School. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/24/2014 - 4/25/2014
4 Points Expeditions   Ventura, CA

4 Points Expeditions
Ventura College 4667 Telegraph Rd. Room J4
Ventura, CA 93001

Contact Name: Matt May
Telephone: 805-320-7602
Email: info@4pointsx.com
Website: http://www.4pointsx.com

Note: $165 course tuition. Meals and camping available nearby. CPR may be available upon request. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by 4 Points Expeditions. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/24/2014 - 4/25/2014
AEE Northeast Conference   Colebrook, CT

AEE Northeast Conference
Camp Jewell YMCA
Colebrook, CT 06021

Telephone: 413-748-3250
Email: tlewis@spfldcol.edu
Website: http://northeast.aee.org/conferences/registration/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by AEE Northeast Conference. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
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. Course can be used as a WFR Recert course. CPR available for an additional $50 but you must register in advance. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Adirondack Wilderness Medicine. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
AMC - Maine Chapter   Falmouth, ME

AMC - Maine Chapter
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm
Falmouth, ME 04105

Telephone: 207-712-0862
Email: youngmembers@amcmaine.org

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

Registration:
This course offered by AMC - Maine Chapter. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
Columbia Outdoor Orientation - COOP   New York, NY

Columbia Outdoor Orientation - COOP
6583 Lerner Hall
New York, NY 10027

Contact Name: MIchelle Cheripka
Telephone:
Email: mac2369@columbia.edu
Website: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9767853

Note: Please email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Columbia Outdoor Orientation - COOP. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
The Northwest Passage   Wilmette, IL

The Northwest Passage
1130 Greenleaf Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Telephone: 800-732-7328
Email: staff@nwpassage.com
Website: http://nwpassage.com/wilderness-first-aid

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by The Northwest Passage. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   4/27/2014 - 4/28/2014
Yale Outdoors   New Haven, CT

Yale Outdoors
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511

Telephone: 646-275-4565
Email: aaron.troncoso@yale.edu
Website: http://www.yale.edu/yaleoutdoors/

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

Registration:
This course offered by Yale Outdoors. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   5/3/2014 - 5/4/2014
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. Course can be used as a WFR Recert course. CPR available for an additional $50 but you must register in advance. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Adirondack Wilderness Medicine. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   5/3/2014 - 5/4/2014
AMC - Boston 40+ Committee   Milton, MA

AMC - Boston 40+ Committee
Norman Smith Education Center
Milton, MA 02186

Telephone: 978-766-5601
Email: xdap@aol.com

Note: Cost is $150 for AMC members and $160 for non members. Register with Don Provencher (xdap@aol.com) or call 978-766-5601 before 9:00PM.

Registration:
This course offered by AMC - Boston 40+ Committee. Please contact them directly for registration information.

We currently have 115 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.