Paddling Instruction

Through our relationship with and commitment to SOLO Wilderness Medicine School,
we offer regularly scheduled Wilderness First Aid Courses.

Through our relationship with and commitment to SOLO Wilderness Medicine School, we offer regularly scheduled Wilderness First Aid Courses in the metro area which are appropriate not only for paddlers, but also anyone who spends time outside, including hikers, skiers, hunters, and climbers.  SOLO Wilderness Medicine courses are packed with usable skills and knowledge that will give you the ability to respond versus react.

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

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.

Visit SOLO Schools for a full course outline.

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 (8 to 10 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 (See sidebar). Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

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.

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.

Visit SOLO Schools for a full course outline.

Off-site courses are offered by sponsors at sites across the country and around the world ranging from college campuses to specialty outdoor centers. Book your private course with Prime Paddlesports.

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Upcoming Trainings

Wilderness First Aid 


Saturday & Sunday, 04/07–04/08
8:30am-5:00pm

Sharpe Reservation, Fishkill, NY
$200

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

This course is a practical and useful course for anyone who works or plays outside. Come spend the weekend with us and lean how to respond when things go wrong.

Clients who have taken WFA with Prime Paddlesports over the past seasons interested, or in need of re-certifying, are eligible for discounted rate should they choose to re-certify during this course.

  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Lunch
  • The following materials are helpful, but not required: