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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.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
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Schedule:

Tuesday, Apr 22 - Tuesday, Apr 29 (72-80 hours)

Sebastian FL

 

Saturday, Dec 13 - Saturday, Dec 21 (72-80 hours)

Gainesville FL

Cost:

$695.00/person (price includes tuition and course book).  Room and board, entrance fee to park, etc. are seprate and not included

Lodging Options:

Will forward upon registration.  Call with questions.

SOLO's Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers.



WHO IS THE WFR COURSE FOR?

The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.
 

WHAT IS TAUGHT?

​The WFR is 72-80 hours long (9 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice (Click here for course outline). Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

 

WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?

A list of local hotels and lodging options will be provided.

IS THERE AN EXAM?

​There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and a written test.
 

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

​Yes. Your SOLO WFR certification is good for three years.
 

HOW DO I RECERTIFY?

​You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course or a 2-day WFA course.  Call for details.
 

EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS

​Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation's First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course
 

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

The WFR typically counts as 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. Within the first year of completing a SOLO WFR, students may enroll in a SOLO WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get their WEMT certification (they must pass practical and written EMT exams). Call 603-447-6711 for further information.

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
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Schedule:

Saturday & Sunday, ​May 18 & 19 (16 hrs) 

Savannah GA

 

Saturday & Sunday, June 28 & 29 (16 hrs) 

Florida Panhandle

 

Saturday & Sunday, ​October 25 & 26 (16 hrs) 

Orlando FL

 

Saturday & Sunday, ​December 13 & 14 (16 hrs) 

Valdosta GA

 

Cost:

$175.00/person (price includes tuition and course book).  Room and board, lunch, entrance fee to park, etc. are seprate and not included

Lodging Options:

Will be forward upon registration.

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.



WHO IS THE WFA FOR?

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.



WHAT IS TAUGHT?

The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.  Click here for course outline. 



WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?

A list of local hotels and lodging options will be provided. 

 

IS THERE AN EXAM?

Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course. 

 

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years. 

 

DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO's Wilderness First Responder program.

SOLO Wilderness Training

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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.

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