SOLO Wilderness Medicine



SOLO wilderness medicine certification is recognized by organizations such as state EMS licensing boards, professional guiding organizations, the US Coast Guard, the American Camping Association (ACA), the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and countless others.

SOLO-certified guides enjoy employment at Outward Bound, the Appalachian Mountain Club, as well as camps, ski patrols and other similar organizations. SOLO’s instruction staff is recognized as one of the best trained and most progressive in the industry.

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Wilderness Medicine Training Programs 

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO's most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care.  Our Wilderness First Aid course acts as a base introduction to responding to, and treating, medical and environmental emergencies, as well as introducing preventative strategies. SOLO wilderness medicine provides the course curriculum and certification through Florida Outdoor Academy's SOLO certified instructors.  

Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA)

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat course contains all the same information included in the SOLO Wilderness First Aid course with the exception of altitude illness. It also includes additional topics that are of specific interest to boaters and kayakers, such as sea sickness, marine bites and stings, and some types of injuries that are more common in marine environments.  


Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

This course is a 72-80 hour condensed course teaching First Responder equivalent skills for responding to emergencies in the backcountry.  Response, patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation present the core of this training.  The curriculum is provided by SOLO Wilderness Medicine and instruction is provided by FOA's SOLO certified instructors.  


Wilderness First Responder (WFR)  Recertification

Wilderness First Responder recertification course re-certifies your WFR certification for 3 years and comes with a SOLO WFR card. FOA's course curriculum and certification is provided by SOLO Wilderness Medicine, and is taught by our SOLO certified instructors.  

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Wilderness EMT Module (W-EMT)

SOLO's WEMT Module is a 40-hour program that upgrades current street First Responders to the WFR level, and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. It focuses on emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time or circumstance. SOLO wilderness medicine provides the course curriculum and certification through Florida Outdoor Academy's SOLO certified instructors.


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About SOLO Wilderness Training

SOLO wilderness medicine is the oldest continuosly operating school of wilderness medicine in the world. SOLO took root in the early 1970s and grew out of the vision of its founders Frank Hubbell and Lee Frizzell (husband and wife). As Frank recalls, pre-hospital care was in its infancy, and an organized EMS system didn’t exist yet in New Hampshire. The concept of providing emergency care to the sick and injured revolved around what is today referred to as the “Golden Hour.” “As skiers, climbers, and EMTs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we would respond to the call for injured hikers and climbers,” Frank remembers. “It very quickly became apparent that the skills that we had learned as “street EMTs” did not work in the wilderness environment. We had to learn how to provide care outside the golden hour. But, that information was not available—we had to learn it through experience.” Frank’s frustration with the lack of an appropriate “wilderness” standard led to the creation of one of the first, if not the first, wilderness emergency medicine courses in the country. By 1975, a basic “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course was taken on the road by Frank, and taught to the few folks who could see its value. That course outline and objectives remain the foundation of our most popular course today, Wilderness First Aid.

SOLO has been the leader not only in medicine, but also in education and standards as well. From basic first aid—still the foundation of SOLO’s purpose—we now find instructors teaching around the country as well as internationally, reaching outdoor users, trip leaders, expeditioners, disaster relief workers, missionaries, and physicians. By the end of 2006, over 110,000 people had taken a SOLO class.