Course Descriptions

Which course should I take?

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.

The quick rundown is immediately below, and further information on each course follows that.

CPR

Everyone, particularly those in a rural area, should take a good CPR class.

First Aid

More engaging and experiential than any canned first aid course, our eight-hour SOLO First Aid is geared toward active people in rural environments who generally live, work and play within one hour of definitive care*.

Wilderness First Aid

If you regularly travel one hour or one mile (or more) from definitive care*, we recommend you take the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid. That’s because there are additional interventions you can and should do if it’s going to be a while before medical providers can reach you.

Wilderness First Responder

If you are regularly in a position of responsibility for others while traveling one hour or one mile (or more) from definitive care*, we recommend you choose the 8-day Wilderness First Responder.

Wilderness First Responder Refresher

Take this 16-hour course to recertify any Wilderness First Responder certification gained from an organization having reciprocity with SOLO. (Only SOLO WFRs have the additional option of recertifying by taking a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course, aka the “WFA/WFR Recert”.)

*For our purposes, definitive care is generally considered to be the ambulance or, in some cases, the hospital.

Students practice helping a collapsed patient

CPR $40

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) and other life-saving interventions 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. More experiential, more engaging, and no PowerPoint. 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

Bland, cookie cutter first aid courses are everywhere. They tend to be geared toward less active people in urban environments, and they’re often taught by individuals who only teach occasionally. If you REALLY want to feel engaged while learning how to administer first aid in a rural environment and feel competent doing it, take an 8-hour SOLO First Aid course with Train NEK. Geared toward those who stay within one mile of definitive care, this eight-hour course covers patient assessment, recognition and handling of life threats, and treatment of environmental, musculoskeletal, and soft tissue injuries common to those who are active in an outdoor and/or rural environment. They cost $80 per person including instruction, training materials and certification fee – and they are worth every penny. Each First Aid course, whether regular or custom, results in SOLO First Aid certification, and comes with an opportunity to become certified in CPR for an additional $40.

First Aid for Rural Educators – The same information and certification as SOLO First Aid (above), but this one is customized for those who work in a rural school setting. Includes focus on emergency plans, schoolyard incidents, field trip risk management and first aid kit considerations. Available by request.

First Aid for Snow Travelers The same information and certification as SOLO First Aid (above), this course is ideal for those who travel in winter conditions and who generally stay within one hour of definitive care. Gain the skills you need to prevent, recognize and treat medical emergencies and injuries common to skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. We’ll spend time practicing lifesaving cold weather interventions and other tricks.

Work of Art: Painted bike suspended in a tree

First Aid for Bikers and Cyclists – This is the first aid course for mountain bikers and cyclists who generally ride within one hour of definitive care. The same information and certification as SOLO First Aid, with a focus on the skills you need to prevent, recognize and treat medical emergencies and injuries common to cyclists and bikers – with whatever you have on hand while waiting for further help to arrive. Available by request.

Caring for a Mock Patient

First Aid for Women – Taught twice a year (to celebrate Galentine’s Day and Mother’s Day), or by special request, this is 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 and offers the same certification as the regular First Aid, plus tips around menstruation, relieving yourself, and prevention and treatment of urinary tract and yeast infections while on outdoor trips.

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. Available by request.

Student practices splinting an upper body injury

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) $200

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.

A Wilderness First Responder student builds a splint in the snow.

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.

Preapring a Stokes Litter

Wilderness First Responder Refresher $200

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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/WFR Recert”. 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 $200 includes instruction, training materials, and renewal course card; you’ll submit an additional $15 directly to SOLO for your new WFR card.

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As a rule, use at least five people to carry a patient in the wilderness