Seasonal Experience | Wilderness First Aid


In collaboration with local Wilderness Medical Associates instructor David Ramsey, Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) is offering a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification Course with a winter-specific focus.
The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits. To this extent, this Wilderness First Aid will be a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. Additionally, winter-specific experiential scenarios will be offered to include those medical rescue skills that you may need during an actual avalanche rescue.
Also, offered at a discount, in combination with the SOLE Avalanche Rescue Course: Town Based: Co-Ed these two experiences are purposefully linked to hone your backcountry know-how so you can fully prepare for the unexpected seasonally. All proceeds will go towards SOLE’s Youth Scholarship Fund to provide novel and transformational experiential education programs for underserved rural youth.
The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

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Course Content:
The expected target audience is seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips throughout the year, and especially in a winter environment. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.
Course Topics:
Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine
Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field. Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.
Elective topics to specific environments will be added to the WFA course content. Please talk to the office or instructor at time of booking.
This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.
Certifications are valid for three years. Students should retake the WFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness Advanced First Aid and or Wilderness First Responder.
Included Materials:
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
+ Wilderness First Aid Guide
+ SOAP Notebook;
+ The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
Gear & Equipment:
SOLE and WMA will provide some outdoor equipment and specific gear relevant to when working and recreating in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates International will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.
Participants should bring appropriate outdoor clothing for conditions, adequate water, a nutritious lunch, notebook and pen, crazy creek chair, gear that you think you take with you in the backcountry (to use for improvised splints, etc.).
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.
Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
10/15 – 10/16/2022
8:00 – 5:00 PM each day
SOLE Mountain Field Campus @ Schweitzer 
7094 Schweitzer Mountain Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864
Please note: CPR Certification must be valid for WFA/WFR Certification to be valid.