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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

We currently have 97 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
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
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.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
Bryn Mawr College   Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Telephone: 610-526-7307
Email: cbower@brynmawr.edu
Website: http://www.brynmawr.edu/athletics/physical-education/documents/wfacourse07.pdf

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Bryn Mawr College. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
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.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
Central Wyoming College - Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute   Jackson, WY

Central Wyoming College - Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute
240 S. Glenwood Ave., Suite 124
Jackson, WY 83001

Telephone: 307-733-7425
Email: marilynn.d@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cwc.edu/

Note: $225 course tuition. Course can be used as a WFR Recert course. AHA Heartsaver CPR included. Class times from 9am-8pm on day 1 and 9am-6pm on day 2

Registration:
This course offered by Central Wyoming College - Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
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.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
Paul Smiths College   Paul Smiths, NY

Paul Smiths College
Route 86 & 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Telephone: 518-327-6389
Email: kdomas@paulsmiths.edu
Website: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Paul Smiths College. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
Waterville Valley Atheletic & Improvement Association   Waterville Valley, NH

Waterville Valley Atheletic & Improvement Association
Brookside Room, in Town Square, next to the Post Office
Waterville Valley, NH 03215

Telephone: 603-236-8104
Email: irit.levy@gmail.com
Website: http://www.wvaia.org/

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Waterville Valley Atheletic & Improvement Association. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/4/2014 - 11/5/2014
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 Tuition. Camping and CPR are available. Call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by North America Outdoor Institute. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/6/2014 - 11/7/2014
Rio Mesa Center   Salt Lake City, UT

Rio Mesa Center
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Contact Name: Cliff Stockton
Telephone: 208-308-3166
Email: stockton.cliff@gmail.com

Note: $185 course tuition, $200 for WFR Recert students. If using as a WFR Recert course, copies of certifications are required in advance. CPR available for an additional $60 per person. Camping available at site for $8/night. Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by Rio Mesa Center. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/8/2014 - 11/9/2014
AMC - SE Massachusetts   MA

AMC - SE Massachusetts
Course to be held at AMC facility
MA 02035

Telephone: 508-359-2250
Email: lwu9944@verizon.net

Note: Please call or email for more information.

Registration:
This course offered by AMC - SE Massachusetts. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/8/2014 - 11/9/2014
Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - St. Marks   St. Marks, FL

Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - St. Marks
St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, 1255 Lighthouse Road
St. Marks, FL 32355

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

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

Registration:
This course offered by Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) - St. Marks. Please contact them directly for registration information.
   11/8/2014 - 11/9/2014
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.

We currently have 97 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in our schedule. See them all.