Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR)

Is it time to recertify your WFR? You can recertify your WFR with SOLO Wilderness Schools within 3 years of taking your WFR. Many organizations give a 2 year certification with a 1 year grace period. If you did not receive your WFR through SOLO we honor many of the leading organizations in Wilderness Medicine. We offer a 2 day WFR Recert course during our WFA course. WFR students will be expected to perform WFR skills and will receive higher level hands on practice. There will be a seperate exam to test your basic  knowledge at the WFR level.

WFR Recertification: $200

Course Details

Who is WFR recertification for?

This course is provided for the recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification. 

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 rachel Rachel through our contact page.

What is taught?

This 16-hour recertification course meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of the WFR certification is on prevention and decision-making. This WFR recertification course reinforces and tests your previously learned skills in an applicational context and a written exam. The curriculum highlights legal concerns, blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases, patient assessment system, trauma, other medical emergencies, and field practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills. This intensive 16-hour curriculum takes place over two days in conjunction with our WFA course.

How do I recertify?

You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course or a 2-day WFA course for re-certification. To be eligible, students must have a certification in that course, or an equivalent course from an organization recognized by ASHI that has not yet expired.

In a review course, students must read and review the book and turn in a compleed set of WFR quizzes (open book) before class. Students must average at least 80% correct to take the review. The review course will be devoted to skills review, practice, and check-offs. To pass the review class, students need to complete every skills checkoff successfully, and for the professional level certifictions (WFR and WEMT) they must also pass a closed-book written exam.

What about room and board?

This is also up to the sponsoring organization.

Is there an exam?

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

Do I get certified?

Students who successfully complete the course receive a Wilderness First Responder card and if appropriate, an American Heart Association Adult Heart saver CPR card (or equivalent).

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 Wilderness First Responder program.

 

Reviews

Kevin Bandy
Kevin Bandy
12:21 27 May 19
The Wilderness First Aid course was a crucial component for our team and Rachel and Garret at Florida Outdoor Academy made the experience amazing. Rachel assessed our needs in a few conversations and gave us Garret as an instructor. Her instincts were spot on correct. Garret created supportive curriculum to make the scenarios pertinent to our unique envoronment. It felt like they really “got” us. Highly recommend. Genuine Jedi staff.read more
Troop Twentyfour
Troop Twentyfour
23:33 23 May 19
Took the Wilderness First Aid course. Great course. They take what can be dry material and make it interesting and fun. They also take the subject matter seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously. Highly recommend them if you need certification in this or other wilderness certifications.read more
Zoe Cummings
Zoe Cummings
12:33 20 May 19
After taking the WFR recertification course with Florida Outdoor Academy, I feel more confident in my ability to handle emergencies in the Backcountry settings.
Adelaide Walker
Adelaide Walker
16:01 26 Mar 19
This WFR course was an incredible experience! The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and made the class enjoyable, while also instilling confidence in each student and their abilities. I would recommend this course to anyone.read more
Al Frosio
Al Frosio
16:10 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
AL Frosio
AL Frosio
16:06 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
Logan Nolan
Logan Nolan
22:45 12 Sep 18
Florida Outdoor Academy was a wonderful educational resource. I was able to be certified in Wilderness First Aid(WFA) through their training from SOLO. Garrett and Cathrine were great instructors I would love to take another class!read more
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
14:12 21 May 18
I just finished my (SOLO) Wilderness First Responder re-certification course with the Florida Outdoor Academy. What a fantastic course! Luckily, as a professional guide and paddlesports instructor I have had very little opportunity to practice my wilderness first aid. This course was a fantastic reminder of best practices in case of an emergency while in the field (and/or at home!). The instructors, Rachel and Garret, were super-knowledgeable, professional, and personable. And added benefit for this course were the gathering of like-minded people who are getting outdoors and being mindful of their responsibility of sharing the natural world and being available to help others.read more
Catherine Jean
Catherine Jean
13:18 04 Dec 17
Great SOLO WFA and WFR recent course in Jax this past weekend. Instructors and organizers were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and welcoming. We had a good time learning how to save lives. Highly recommend!read more
TE Stewart
TE Stewart
17:27 23 Jun 17
Kudos to Florida Outdoor Academy for hosting a wonder, informative, and hands on learning experience.I attended the WFA course last weekend and came home with a wealth of knowledge. I feel confident that I can now utilize the tools at hand and treat/immobilize a variety of illnesses and injuries when the urban world is out of reach. Our instructor, Garrett came with an open attitude, positive energy, and taught in a way that made all the participants sponge in the info. If I was injured in a wilderness setting with the group in attendance, I know each and every one of them would also have the confidence to apply their new skill sets; I'd trust them to give me the first aid needed in a isolated environment.read more
Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
23:00 12 Dec 16
Took the Wilderness First Aid course, an excellent introduction to first aid and how to apply in the backcountry. Gave me a lot to think about and to practice. Lectures are interspersed with practical scenarios. Excellent pairing of instructors, they bring together two very useful skillsets. Highly recommended!read more
Don Sullivan
Don Sullivan
18:47 20 Sep 16
Excellent training and excellent teaching staff. Training is very intense and well thought out
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