Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

SOLO’s Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour course (two days) that focuses on the basic skills one should have while traveling or playing in the outdoors. During this course you will learn numerous skills including Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environment Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, Medical Emergencies. This course was made for outdoor enthusiasts who want a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups.

Course Content Includes

(but not limited to):

  • Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
  • Backcountry Essentials
  • Heat and Cold Related Emergencies
  • Patient Assessment Systems
  • Rescue Planning
  • Spinal Cord Management
  • Trauma Injuries
  • Universal Precautions
  • Use of Epinephrine

Other Course Information:

  • Course Duration: 2 days
  • Price: $175
  • This course includes evaluations on practical skills and a written assessment
  • SOLO WFA certification is good for 2 years
  • Minimum Capacity: 8
  • Maximum Capacity: 14

2017 Courses:

    • Available Dates:

Course Availability:

  • Contact us at rescue@usnwc.org to set up a class at the USNWC or at your facility for your group.  Additional charges and requirements will apply for courses scheduled off-site from the USNWC.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. The WFR is 72-80 hours long (8 to 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 the our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice.

Course Content Includes

(but not limited to):

  • Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
  • A&P of the
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Central Nervous System
    • Gastrointestinal System
    • Integumentary System
    • Musculoskeletal System
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Altitude-Related Injuries
  • Bites and Stings
  • Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease
  • Burns
  • Changes in Level of Consciousness
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Group Preventative Medicine
  • Head Trauma
  • History Taking & SAMPLE
  • Lightning-Related Injuries
  • Organizing Rescue
  • Patient Assessment System (PAS)
  • The Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis
  • Wilderness vs. Urban First Responder

Other Course Information:

  • Course Duration: 8-9 days
  • Price: $650
  • This course includes evaluations on practical skills and a written assessment
  • SOLO WFR certification is good for 3 years
  • American Safety and Health Institute CPR is included in the WFR course
  • Minimum Capacity: 8
  • Maximum Capacity: 14

Recertification:

  • For those interested in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification, please complete the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. See above for available dates and pricing.

Course Availability:

  • Contact us at rescue@usnwc.org to set up a class at the USNWC or at your facility for your group.  Additional charges and requirements will apply for courses scheduled off-site from the USNWC.

Wilderness First Responder – Bridge Course

For those who already have completed and are current with their Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, the USNWC offers a bridge course to complete the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification requirements. For those interested in more information on the WFR Bridge Course, please contact rescue@uswnc.org.