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 big question is, how far are you from definitive care? For our purposes, definitive care is generally considered to be the ambulance or, in some cases, the hospital. If you are generally within one hour or one mile from definitive care, then First Aid is probably your best bet. If you tend to adventure outside those parameters, consider a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. And if you lead trips or are responsible for others outdoors, we recommend the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.

Students practice helping a collapsed patient

SOLO CPR $40, 4 Hours

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.

Have you ever met anyone excited to teach CPR? Well, now you have, because we are! 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.

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.

Please note: SOLO CPR 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

SOLO First Aid $80, 8 Hours

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

Bland, cookie cutter first aid courses are everywhere, geared toward less active people in urban environments, and 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 while waiting for further help to arrive, take an 8-hour SOLO First Aid course with Train NEK. We’ll cover patient assessment, recognition and handling of life threats and treatment of the most common musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries. The cost is $80 per person including instruction, training materials and certification fee – and they are worth every penny. Results in SOLO First Aid certification, and comes with an opportunity to become certified in SOLO CPR for an additional $40.

We’re always happy to customize First Aid to be more relevant to your group. Below are the most popular customizations, all of which cover the same material and result in the same SOLO First Aid certification:

First Aid for Rural Educators – 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.

First Aid for Snow Travelers – ideal for those who generally travel in winter conditions 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 – for those who generally ride within one hour of definitive care. 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. By request.

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 practice patient assessment and response. We’ll also talk about handing menstruation and urinary tract and yeast infections in the outdoors. Taught twice a year to celebrate Galentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, and by request.

Student practices splinting an upper body injury

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) $200, 16 Hours

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid is ideal for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who regularly spend time in the outdoors one hour or more from definitive care, because there are additional interventions you can and should do if it’s going to be a while before medical providers reach you.

This includes hikers, climbers, paddlers, bikers, skiers, camp counselors, surveyors, scouts, archaeologists, and parents of active children – anyone who wants to feel more independent, empowered and capable during outdoor pursuits.

What is Included? The WFA course fee of $200 includes instruction, training materials, and SOLO certification fee. Meals are not included. 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 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 a bag lunch and additional outdoor layers to use for building splints, etc. A complete packing list and directions are sent to students upon registration.

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

SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) $600, 72 Hours

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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 SOLO Wilderness First Responder.

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 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. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice.

What is Included? WFR tuition of $600 includes instruction, training materials, and SOLO WFR and Advanced CPR certifications. 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.

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

WFR Refresher $215, 16 Hours

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Take this 16-hour course to recertify any Wilderness First Responder certification gained from an organization having reciprocity with SOLO. (SOLO WFRs have the additional option of recertifying by taking a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course.)

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 medical and trauma review and refresher scenarios, and will have a chance to practice litter use and splinting of femur fractures. Course fee of $215 includes instruction, training materials, and renewal course card. (Be prepared to submit copies of your current CPR and soon-to-expire WFR cards.)

View our upcoming courses, register by mail or online through Eventbrite, or contact us at 802-522-0769 or Info at TrainNEK dot com to schedule your own course.

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