Wilderness First Responder Refresher $190

Black Mountain, NC

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly: March 11-12

CPR is available for $35 on Saturday night

Lodging is available through the YMCA for $89/night

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WFR Refresher: March 11-12

WFR Refresher fulfills the criteria for WFR, AWFA, and WEMT recertification:

• Classmates all have prior training in Wilderness Medicine

• We focus on skills labs and advanced topics

• More hands-on time

• More opportunities for peer to peer feedback

Join us in Black Mountain for our next WFR Refresher course by registering on this page!

Wilderness First Aid

This class is meant as a basic introduction to the management of each of the most common backcountry emergencies as well as some of the most concerning. In this class, you will learn how to behave in the face of a crisis, how to safely offer care Below is a synopsis of each of the topics from WFA. WFA is scheduled for December 10-11, we hope to see you then!

Wilderness First Responder

SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. Join us for our WFR in January!

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WHO IS THE WFR COURSE FOR?
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.

WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFR is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice (See sidebar). Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
The WFR is held around the world throughout the year. See Schedule.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
WFR courses taught at Active Asheville cost $625

IS THERE AN EXAM?
There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and a written test.

DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. Your SOLO WFR certification is good for three years.

HOW DO I RECERTIFY?
You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course, a 2-day WFA course, or the AWFA part II class.

EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS
Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFR typically counts as continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. Within the first year of completing a SOLO WFR, students may enroll in a SOLO WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get their WEMT certification (they must pass practical and written EMT exams). Call SOLO at 603-447-6711 for further information about Continuing Ed.

WFA Requirements

There are no prerequisites for WFA, although CPR is recommended and will be offered on Saturday evening for an additional $35. The only requirements for class are punctuality, 100% attendance and passing the 4 short quizzes that you will take throughout the weekend.

Class schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

8:00 AM-4:30 PM WFA class with 1 hour lunch break

4:30 PM-6:30 PM optional AHA CPR class ($35)

Sunday:

8:00 AM-4:30 PM WFA class with 1 hour lunch break

Gear List

Please bring with you to class a backpack or daypack containing the following items:

• Rain gear

• Ample weather-appropriate clothong (we will be outside for hours at a time)

• Lots of extra clothing (especially fleece if possible)

• cords, belts, and/or straps

• Pencil or pen for note-taking (it is a class, after all)

Optional:

• Sleeping bag or blanket

• Tarp

• Trekking poles

• Climbing, mountain biking, or paddling gear

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