SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Train NEK
Join us here in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom (NEK) to earn your SOLO Wilderness First Aid or refresh your SOLO Wilderness First Responder*. All WFA courses cost $200 and are held in our outdoor classroom in Peacham unless otherwise noted.
There are no remaining open enrollment WFAs for 2023. (Courses crossed out below have filled.) The 2024 schedule will be posted in January!
Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, 9a-6p Sunday and Monday, October 15-16, 9a-6p
To request different dates for your group, email <Info at TrainNEK dot com>.
TWO OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT:
SAVE MONEY! MAIL A NOTE WITH COURSE TITLE and START DATE, STUDENT NAME, EMAIL and PHONE # AND A CHECK FOR $200 ($240 WITH CPR) TO TRAIN NEK, PO BOX 132, PEACHAM, VT 05862.
TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD ONLINE (additional EVENTBRITE fee applies) CLICK ON DESIRED COURSE BELOW. NOTE: While Train NEK has a full refund, no-questions-asked policy, Eventbrite might or might not refund their additional fees if you have to cancel; we recommend sending a check instead if your plans are uncertain.
EVENTBRITE LINK FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12-13 (Registration is closed)
EVENTBRITE LINK FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY, OCTOBER 15-16 (Registration is closed)
Who is This Course For? The WFA course for ages 18 and up is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders who want a basic level of backcountry first aid training for shorter adventures with family, friends, and outdoor groups. This includes hikers, climbers, trail crew members, paddlers, bikers, skiers and others who want to feel more independent, empowered and capable outside. This course meets ACA guidelines. (Those who regularly engage in more challenging or remote outings, particularly if they are responsible for others in those settings, are encouraged to take the SOLO Wilderness First Responder course.)
What is Taught? The WFA curriculum focuses on: Prevention, Response and Assessment, Initial Life Threats, Musculoskeletal Injuries including splinting and treating for spinal injuries, Environmental Emergencies including the layering system and warming patients, and Soft Tissue Injuries and Infection.
What is Included? Price of the course includes engaging and personalized instruction, real-life interaction with fun and interesting human beings, training text and materials, and SOLO WFA certification fee. WFA certification is good for two years, and you recertify by taking the course again. The WFA can also be used to recertify the SOLO Wilderness First Responder*. This course meets and exceeds all guidance from the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative. Importantly, by virtue of this being an in-person course in an outdoor classroom, we’ll be practicing the art of human interaction in a dynamic environment – a critical skillset in being an excellent backcountry caregiver.
Need CPR certification? SOLO Basic CPR (which meets current AHA guidelines) is offered as an optional adjunct at the end of Day One for an additional $40 including materials and SOLO Basic CPR certification fee.
What Should I Bring? WFA students are asked to bring clothing suitable for being active outside (i.e. rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients) for much of each day, in any kind of weather. You should also bring additional outdoor layers for warming and treating patients. Lodging and meals are not included. Here is a complete packing list so you know what to expect. Directions to the course will be emailed following registration.
* This course can be used to recertify your SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Students with WFR certification from organizations having reciprocity with SOLO (including Aerie Backcountry Medicine, ASHI, Desert Mountain Medicine, NOLS/WMI, WMA, Wilderness Medicine Outfitters, Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Remote Medical International aka Remote Medicine, and UVM) should choose the SOLO Wilderness First Responder Review instead, https://trainnek.com/solo-wfr-refresher-through-train-nek/.
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