Wilderness First Aid Course Options

course information

optional cpr-Aed

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.  Green Earth Outdoors in partnership with SOLO Wilderness Medicine is offering a Wilderness First Aid certification course. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started by SOLO as the Mountain/Woods First Aid course in 1975, and continually updated and improved since that time, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other back-country medicine courses are based.

wilderness first aid

In conjunction with this WFA course, an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED certification course for Adult / Child and Infant CPR with AED will be offered on the Friday evening prior to the course beginning promptly at 6:00pm and concluding by 10:00pm. Participants are not required to register for the WFA course in order to take this CPR/AED course.

The Outpost - Outdoor Education Center

DESCRIPTION: 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—see course outline below.

What is Wilderness First Aid?
Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
Cold-Related Injuries
Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
Heat-Related Injuries
Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
Patient Assessment System
Patient Lifting & Moving
Principles of Fracture Care
Rescue Plan
Response & Assessment
Soft Tissue Injuries Backcountry
Spinal Cord Injury Management
Sprains & Strains
The Human Animal
Trauma—Musculoskeletal Injuries
Trauma—Soft Tissue Injuries
Universal Precautions
Use of Epinephrine

GEAR: Participants will need to bring personal clothing and equipment as if they were going on a camping or backpacking trip (a list is provided upon registration).

COURSE TIMES: The course begins at 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday (both days required) and finishes a 5:00pm each day. One hour is provided each day for lunch. CPR/AED class on Friday is 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

WHO: 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 and BSA guidelines.

COST: Cost may vary by location.  A discount is provided for recertification for previous attendees and for the CPR/AED certification when taken with the Wilderness First Aid course . Fee covers instruction, class materials, equipment, handouts, textbook, and refreshments.

REGISTRATION: A minimum number of class participants are required to ensure the best learning environment. We ask that you make your reservation 5 days before the course date. Upon registration, participants will receive more details concerning packing list, directions, accommodations, etc.