Course Descriptions

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Whether you venture out on your own, guide others outdoors, work in a rural area with limited resources, or simply want to be helpful to your community in an emergency, there is a First Aid, CPR, or Wilderness Emergency Medicine Course for you.

Students practice helping a collapsed patient

CPR $40

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Have you ever met anyone excited about teaching CPR? Well, now you have, because we are! We’re certain you’ll enjoy your Train NEK CPR course more than you thought possible, while learning how to handle initial life threats and getting certified by SOLO to meet the ILCOR / AHA 2015 Guidelines, the internationally coordinated and most widely accepted CPR guidelines. Knowledge around how and why to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a must-have for everyone – particularly anyone in a rural area. This core SOLO course covers the basics of cardiovascular incident prevention, recognition and response. With an enthusiastic, professional instructor and personalized attention, this course goes well beyond your typical canned CPR course. You’ll gain an understanding and appreciation of risk factors, the importance of early recognition and action when someone you care about experiences an emergency, and specifics on how your efforts translate in a rural environment. You’ll also build muscle memory around how to intervene in instances of choking, stroke, heart attack, and cardiac arrest, and will learn why and how to use an AED. The course costs $40 and lasts 2-4 hours, depending on whether you want infant and child CPR or just adult. Please note: This course meets the American Heart Association 2015 Guidelines, and is generally accepted by employers requiring you to obtain CPR certification. Ask your employer if SOLO CPR is right for you!

WFA Students Apply a Sling and Swathe to a Mock Patient

First Aid $80

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Bland, cookie cutter first aid courses are everywhere. If you REALLY want to feel engaged while learning how to administer first aid in a rural environment and feel competent doing it, our customized, 8-hour SOLO First Aid courses cost $80 per person including instruction, training materials and certification fee – and they are worth every penny. Below are some of our most popular options; see here for First Aid course details.

First Aid for Rural Educators – Don’t settle for an ordinary, canned first aid course! This one is geared to those who work in a rural school setting. Includes focus on emergency plans, schoolyard incidents, field trip risk management and first aid kit considerations. See details here, contact us to schedule a course, or view our upcoming courses.

Work of Art: Painted bike suspended in a tree

First Aid for Bikers and Cyclists (NICA-Approved) – Gain the patient assessment and intervention skills you need to prevent, recognize and treat medical emergencies and injuries common to cyclists and bikers. Includes cycling-specific scenarios and practice treating patients with whatever you have on hand. See details here, contact us to schedule a course, or view our upcoming courses.

First Aid for Snow Travelers – Gain or refresh the skills you need to prevent, recognize and treat medical emergencies and injuries common to skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. We’ll spend time practicing hypowraps and other lifesaving cold weather tricks. The best gift for anyone you love! See details here, contact us to schedule a course, or view our upcoming courses.

First Aid for Youth – We customize first aid courses for middle school children and up. Whether you want one longer session or multiple shorter sessions, an after school program or a field trip to practice skills in an outdoor setting, certification or certificates of completion, we’ll help you come up with a schedule that works for your goals and for your group. Our First Aid for Youth courses are customized for particular groups and are therefore closed to the public. See details here or contact us to schedule your youth first aid program!

Caring for a Mock Patient

First Aid for Women – A great gift for your friend, sister, mother – anyone who might appreciate a women-only chance to learn patient assessment and response. Covers the same topics as the regular First Aid, plus discussions around topics such as menstruation, relieving yourself in the woods, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and pregnancy concerns on outdoor trips. See details here, contact us to schedule a course, or view our upcoming courses.

SOLO Wilderness First Responder student shows off her splinted leg.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) $200

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The two-day SOLO Wilderness First Aid course is ideal for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who regularly spend time in the outdoors one hour or more from definitive care. This includes hikers, climbers, paddlers, bikers, skiers, camp counselors, scouts, surveyors, archaeologists, and parents of active children – anyone who wants to feel more independent, empowered and capable during outdoor pursuits*. This course meets American Camping Association guidelines.

*Those who engage in more challenging or remote outings are encouraged to take the SOLO Wilderness First Responder course.

What is Included? The WFA course fee of $200 includes instruction, training materials, and SOLO certification fee. Certification is good for two years, and you recertify by taking the course again. The SOLO WFA can also be used to recertify the SOLO Wilderness First Responder. SOLO Basic CPR is available as an optional adjunct – usually taught at the end of Day One – for an additional $40.

What is Taught? The WFA curriculum focuses on: Prevention, Response and Assessment, Initial Life Threats, Musculoskeletal Injuries including Long Bone Fractures and Spine Assessment and Clearing, Environmental Emergencies, Soft Tissue Injuries and Infection, and Medical Emergencies.

What Should I Bring? WFA students are asked to bring clothing suitable for getting dirty and appropriate for being active outside much of the day (i.e. rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients). They should also bring additional outdoor layers to use for building splints, etc. Meals are not included. A complete packing list and directions are sent to students upon registration.

WFRs Make a Splint

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) $600

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The 72-80 hour SOLO Wilderness First Responder course, generally taught over eight or nine days, is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, outdoor trip leaders, ski patrollers, and anyone else who generally expects to end up in remote settings with limited resources. SOLO Advanced CPR certification is included in all WFR courses. Course fee of $600 includes instruction, training materials, and WFR and CPR certification fees.

The WFR is the perfect course for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions, or anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. Generally taught over eight or nine days, this 72-hour course is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, outdoor trip leaders, ski patrollers, and others who generally expect to end up in remote settings with limited resources.

What is Included? WFR tuition of $600 includes instruction, training materials, and certification fees, including SOLO Advanced CPR certification. Certification lasts for three years. You recertify by either taking a two-day WFR Refresher (preferred), or by taking a WFA course with some additional studying outside of class. 

What is Taught? The WFR takes a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Prevention, Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, Medical Emergencies, Packaging and Transporting Patients, and Long-Term Care. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics such as CPR included, and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice.

What Should I Bring? WFR students are asked to bring clothing suitable for getting dirty and appropriate to being active outside much of the day (i.e. rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients in all sorts of weather). They should also bring items such as a water bottle, a headlamp, a day pack, and additional outdoor layers to use for building splints. Meals are not included. A complete packing list and directions are sent to students upon registration.

Educational/Functional Job Requirements for Wilderness Medical Students and Providers Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder curriculum, the Wilderness First Responder is a job-training program which integrates wilderness and medical training and leads to certification. As such, candidates must meet all First Responder functional job requirements in order to become certified.

Does the WFR Count as Continuing Education? The WFR typically counts toward continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. Contact us for more information about CEUs.

Preapring a Stokes Litter

Wilderness First Responder Refresher (aka WFR Recert) $225

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Recertify your WFR with others who share the same training as you! This two-day course is bound to leave you feeling more refreshed on your skills than recertifying via a WFA. Rather than starting from scratch, participants can get right into the review and refresher scenarios, and will have a chance to practice litter use and splinting of femur fractures. Course fee of $225 includes instruction, training materials, and certification fee. We’re committed to offering regular WFR Recert courses.