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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

We currently have 78 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
   8/28/2014 - 8/29/2014
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College   Albion, IN

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
2388 S. 500 W.
Albion, IN 46701

Telephone: 260-799-5869
Email: jenniferhs@goshen.edu
Website: http://www.goshen.edu/merrylea/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   8/30/2014 - 8/31/2014
MEDIC / BRMS (Blacksburg)   Blacksburg, VA

MEDIC / BRMS (Blacksburg)
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports - 1560 South Main Street, Suite 100
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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

Note: $180 course tuition. CPR/AED optional and held the evening of 8/29 for $39. Both WFA and CPR courses are held in the mountains; campfires each night; inexpensive lodging offered, or free camping along Appalachian Trail. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by MEDIC / BRMS (Blacksburg). Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/5/2014 - 9/6/2014
North America Outdoor Institute   Palmer, AK

North America Outdoor Institute
North America Outdoor Institute
Palmer, AK 996423

Contact Name: Dorothy Adler
Telephone: 907-745-0075
Email: dorothy@naoiak.org
Website: http://www.naoiak.org

Note: $225 course tuition. Course can be used as a WFR or WEMT Recert class. CPR available. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by North America Outdoor Institute. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/6/2014 - 9/7/2014
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.
   9/12/2014 - 9/14/2014
Avalon Park and Preserve   Stony Brook, NY

Avalon Park and Preserve
200 Harbor Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Telephone: 631-689-0619
Email: kathy@avalonparkandpreserve.org
Website: http://www.avalonparkandpreserve.org/

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

Registration:
This course offered by Avalon Park and Preserve. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/12/2014 - 9/14/2014
Mohican Outdoor Center   Blairstown, NJ

Mohican Outdoor Center
50 Camp Road
Blairstown, NJ 07825

Telephone: 908-362-5670
Email: mohican@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodges/mohican/

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

Registration:
This course offered by Mohican Outdoor Center. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   9/15/2014 - 9/16/2014
Garrett College   McHenry, MD

Garrett College
131 Laker Drive, Room 1013
McHenry, MD 21541

Telephone: 301-387-3330
Email: Sharon.Elsey@garrettcollege.edu
Website: http://www.adventuresportsi.org

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

Registration:
This course offered by Garrett College. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   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.

We currently have 78 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.