Wilderness Medicine

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.

Prime Paddlesports can bring a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder course to you and your group of adventures and leaders.  With an approved, Field Certifying SOLO Field Instructor on staff Prime Paddlesports has the ability to be flexible and meet the needs of groups in arranging Wilderness First Aid classes for private groups.  Prime Paddlesports can work directly with your group, camp or club to bring this hand-on, scenario- based course to you your group of adventure leaders!

We can deliver two of the nation’s most comprehensive Wilderness Medicine Courses privately to you for your group, camp  Prime Paddlesports LLC, contracts, insures and delivers SOLO Wilderness Medical Schools:

Wilderness First Aid:
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.

Wilderness First Responder:  
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.  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.

Please request our private booking information and check scheduling by emailing us here.

Matt was a uniquely engaging and patient teacher during our Wilderness First Responder Course. From his flexibility to his personal stories, he made sure everyone was involved and gaining the most they could from our days together. Thanks to this, I’m confident in the wilderness medicine knowledge I gained and urge others to seek a course out with Matt as an instructor.

Marcelina K.

I found that Matt’s is experience in the outdoors comes as a major benefit to attending his Wilderness First Aid Course. There is just not a lot he hasn’t seen and he has a careful, methodical manner of teaching what you need to know and to be confident to step forward and help. As an avid hiker and a member of the AMC White Mountain 4000 Footer Club and a soon member of the Catskill 3500 Club, I only wish I had found Matt sooner.

Bill D.

I really enjoyed the 18 hour WFA class I attended! An informative and hands on experience, I feel more confident that I can now handle injuries that may occur. The instructional was fun, interactive, wide ranging and realistic. Our instructor Matthew Kane, taught and tested our skills in real life scenario situations. I highly recommend this class for those who enjoy outdoor activities!

Allen W.

Upcoming Trainings

Wilderness First Aid 


Available Dates:

June 2nd–3rd
July 28th–29th
August 18th–19th


8:30am-5:30pm

Hubbard Lodge, Cold Spring, NY
$200

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

SOLO’s  Wilderness First Aid class is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants or needs a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups.  This course meets and/or exceeds the minimum requirements for many outdoor pursuits, including club or camp employment, guiding and leading trips for many organizations.

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.Successful participants receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.

A CPR module is offered with each course and must have a minimum  of six participants to run

All levels welcome
  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Food and Drink for the day,  including lunch
  • Participants are required to bring outdoor equipment to use and practice with

Prime Paddlesports

Our varied offerings including private instruction, adventure learning, formal courses, symposiums, and other educational opportunities that we deliver, arrange, and host.  Paddlers of all levels have come to enjoy the quality programs that Prime paddlesports is known for.

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