Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
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.
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.
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.
SOLO is the oldest, most innovative, and one of the most respected wilderness medical schools in the United States. With Solo wilderness medical training get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig in. The training is real, gritty, and can be messy; they prepare you for real life. All weather, all conditions from 90 above to 10 below; emergencies don’t wait for pleasant days, and neither do they.
They train by immersion, and all their scenarios have the sights and sounds of a real emergency. This helps prepare students for real-world situations.
They’ll teach you to fix broken things, but you’ll also learn the joy of simply giving comfort. Compassion is an important first aid tool.
Some of the great benefits of SOLO training are the good times and lasting friendships. The learning can be as fun as it is intense.
Whether far-flung adventure or a career in emergency medicine, they’ll give you the confidence and skills to go outdoors.
Length: 16-18 hours
Duration: 2 days 8-5 each day + OPTIONAL 2 hour CPR module
Boston Outdoor School
131 Walnut St
Saugus, MA 01906