Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

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. (72 hrs or 8 days)

SOLO Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) – 16 hrs

Scouts BSA Accepted

American Camping Association (ACA) Accreditited

About Florida Outdoor Academy

Florida Outdoor Academy (FOA) is a group of educators, emergency medical professionals and avid outdoor adventurers sharing their passion for helping create a safer community through remote and disaster medical courses.

Our team is made up climbers, paddlers, cross country cyclist, hikers, and expedition leaders who are dedicated to their passion for emergency medicine as EMTs and Paramedics certified through SOLO Wilderness Medical School, the longest continually running wilderness medical school in the world. SOLO is the industry leader in wilderness medical classes such as: Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, and the Geo Medic Series.  We are based in Jacksonville, Florida yet we travel and offer courses throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Need a course for your team or want to host a class at your location? We offer private classes specific to your industry or open enrollment courses for individuals students. Click Here to Host a Course

 

Don’t Take Our Word For It…

I took the SOLO Wilderness First Aid bridge to recertify my WFR with the Outdoor Academy and it was awesome! The instructor was very helpful and encouraging. The class was fun but also very informative. I would highly recommend them.read more
Kiara Yee
Kiara Yee
01:26 29 Aug 19
I did my WFR recert course and it far exceeded my expectations. Rachel was an amazing instructor and the practical aspect of the course was both informative and fun. I would highly recommend Florida Outdoor Academy.read more
Serena Evans
Serena Evans
16:57 03 Aug 19
What an amazing time we had at Jacksonvilles Florida outdoor academy! I took the wilderness first aid class and not only did I learn a ton, we had a great group, and amazing instructors.You can truly see the passion that the instructors have and helping others!Their love for the outdoors and for our ecosystem!Cant wait to get recertified in two years! I highly recommend this class !read more
Meaghan Blackman
Meaghan Blackman
16:23 03 Aug 19
If your looking for a Wilderness first aide class.This is it. I took the class cause I have two boys and we are outdoors as much as possible. The class was highly informative and very interactive. I feel very confident that if something happens to the boys or anyone else in our group I’ll be able to help and not be just a spectator. Thank you for offering this course! My wife is next.read more
CARLOS CABRERA
CARLOS CABRERA
15:45 03 Aug 19
Excellent staff, incredibly valuable lessons, take your outdoor education to the next level with these guys
Danielle S.
Danielle S.
12:29 28 Jul 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
Kevin Bandy
Kevin Bandy
12:21 27 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
Troop Twentyfour
Troop Twentyfour
23:33 23 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.
Zoe Cummings
Zoe Cummings
12:33 20 May 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
Adelaide Walker
Adelaide Walker
16:01 26 Mar 19
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
16:10 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
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
Logan Nolan
Logan Nolan
22:45 12 Sep 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
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
14:12 21 May 18
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
Catherine Jean
Catherine Jean
13:18 04 Dec 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
TE Stewart
TE Stewart
17:27 23 Jun 17
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
Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
23:00 12 Dec 16
Excellent training and excellent teaching staff. Training is very intense and well thought out
Don Sullivan
Don Sullivan
18:47 20 Sep 16

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Upcoming Classes

May 18 & 19 2019

Wilderness First Aid & WFR Re-cert

June 15 – 16 2019

Wilderness First Aid & WFR Re-cert

July 27 – 28 2019

Wilderness First Aid & WFR Re-cert

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Our Team

Rachel Austin

Rachel Austin

Owner / Wilderness EMT / SOLO Instructor

Scott Weinsein

Scott Weinsein

Lead SOLO Instructor / WEMT / Search & Rescue Ropes Expert

Garrett Cooper

Garrett Cooper

Owner / WEMT / Lead SOLO Instructor / Chief Expedition Officer

Catherine Jean

Catherine Jean

Lead SOLO Instructor / WEMT

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