SOLO – Wilderness First Aid
- Person (WFA Only)
- Person (WFA + CPR)
Learn basic first aid skills
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. CPR (additional half day) focuses on techniques that can help you provide assistance when someone is faced with a cardiac or breathing emergency.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
The WFA through RVA Paddlesports will be held at Forest Hill Park in Shelter 1 and the RVA Paddlesports shop at 1511 Brook Rd.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $200 per person. CPR is an additional $45.
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.
- Notebook and pen/pencil
- Rain gear tops and bottoms
- Layers of clothing (so you can take a layer off if you are hot/put one on if you are cold, these are also used for splinting)
- Hat – warm, not made of cotton
- Mittens or gloves if it will be cold out
- Backpack to put everything in
- Reusable water bottles (1qt or 1 liter) for drinking water
- Footwear for the environment (Closed-toe shoes for being outdoors – sandals are only acceptable for indoor activity).
Other helpful items to bring
- Ground cloth or small tarp (6×4 sheet of plastic is fine)
- Sleeping pad
- Bandanas or cravats of any kind
- Parachute cord
- Response and Assessment
- Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills
- Soft Tissue Injuries and Medical Emergencies
For a full list of topics and breakdowns, please click here.