Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Our WFA 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 with SOLO certified instructors.
–The SOLO Wilderness First Aid course is recognized by the American Camp Association to meet specific ACA standards requiring certifications.–
Wilderness First Aid: $200
“BSA has identified the following providers as meeting the BSA’s requirements for WFA training: (1) American Red Cross , (2) Emergency Care & Safety Institute , and (3) providers accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)“ Read More…
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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 meets industry guidelines for the BSA and American Camp Association.
What does it cost?
The cost is $200. This does not include CPR, but you can get your CPR certification for an additional $40
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.
What about room and board?
Lodging is up to the student to secure. Florida Outdoor Academy is willing to help with suggestions and recommendations for local lodging options. In a few of our location we offer primitive camping. Classes held in Jacksonville FL offers camping at $10 a night. If camping is offered at other locations it will state it on the registration page and give you an option to include with your registration.
Is there an exam?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there is a written examination and assessment upon completion of the course.
Do I get certified?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years. If you have choose to take CPR your certification is through American Heart Association (AHA) or ASHI
Can I recertify my WFR with a WFA?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which can be used to recertify your WFR if your original certification was through SOLO or one of the other organizations we have reciprocity with, click here for a list. If you do not see your organization on the list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
- Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
- Backcountry Essentials
- Cold-Related Injuries
- Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills (including lightning)
- Heat-Related Injuries
- Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
- Patient Assessment System
- Patient Lifting & Moving
- Principles of Fracture Care
- Rescue Plan
- Response & Assessment
- Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
- Spinal Cord Injury Management
- Sprains & Strains
- The Human Animal
- Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
- Universal Precautions
- Use of Epinephrine
- What is Wilderness First Aid?