Heading out into the woods can be one of the greatest experiences. The sights, the gentle sounds and the fresh smells of the forest can have an incredibly calming effect on all of us. While we all enjoy these experiences, we must be prepared in the event of an emergency.
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.
You owe it to yourself to be prepared. We are pleased to offer many additional dates for our Wilderness First Aid Courses. We have dates now available over the course of the Summer and through the Fall.
August 31 & September 1, 2019
September 28 & 29, 2019
October 26 & 27, 2019
November 30 & December 1, 2019
Some commonly asked questions about the Wilderness First Aid Course.
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.
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.