SOLO

Who is SOLO? (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities)  Since 1976, with the opening of the SOLO campus, a facility dedicated to providing wilderness medicine education at all levels, SOLO has been the undisputed leader in wilderness medicine. Still privately owned by the same people who conceived the idea, designed the courses, and built a campus, SOLO now offers courses across the country and around the world.

Known for their innovative and motivational techniques, SOLO programs stay in the forefront of medical advancements in a large part because of the active involvement of SOLO’s founder Dr. Frank Hubbell on the NH Medical Control Board as well as SOLO”s ongoing participation in curriculum consensus groups. Despite the serious nature of the material, SOLO believes in the importance of humor and strives to create a safe, student-centered environment to enhance learning.

Lee Frizzell, Executive Director

Wilderness First Aid

If you participate in outdoors activities you need the knowledge provided in the Wilderness First Aid course. Whether you fly a plane, hike, hunt or participate in open water sports there is potential for accidents to happen.

Being aware of basic first aid skills will give you the tools to take a bad situation and make it better - or at least stabilize the situation until help finally arrives.

This 2-day (16 hour) wilderness first aid course is excellent for any outdoor enthusiast, trip leader, family member, or resource worker who wants to be prepared for a wilderness experience. Reclaim coaches have been called in to help with many backcountries emergency situations that could have been avoided through proper First Aid and awareness training.

The Course

Wilderness First Aid is the course that will stretch your creativity and give you the confidence to deal with any level of emergency. This course covers

  • Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis          
  • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System    
  • Asthma
  • Cold-Related Injuries                                              
  • Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
  • Heat-Related Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Patient Lifting & Moving
  • Principles of Fracture Care
  • Response & Assessment
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Sprains & Strains Advanced

Course Gear

This course gives participants the opportunity to try out their own first-aid packs. Please bring the first-aid pack that you typically take on your excursions. You will have the opportunity to compare your first aid packs to others as well as the instructors. This is a great time to share your expertise. You will be provided with all of the practice splints, slings, bandages etc that are required.

Your course fee of $425 includes

  • Course Books
  • Adult CPR
  • Wilderness First Aid Card
  • All practice medical supplies
  • Registration with the Wilderness Medical Society
  • All travel expenses for your coach

Students who pass the course will receive a SOLO WFA certification, valid for two years. 

In order to book a private course we require a minimum of 6 students.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) 32 hrs

WHY Advanced Wilderness First Aid?   If you participate in outdoors activities you need the knowledge provided in the Advanced Wilderness First Aid course. Whether you fly a plane, hike, hunt, lead youth, are employed in the many wilderness oriented professions there is potential for accidents to happen. Where ever in the world you enjoy your wilderness adventures SOLO Wilderness First Aid courses are recognized!

Advanced Wilderness First Aid is essential in any disaster situation. Too often we depend on hospitals and paramedics. What if they are unable to reach you because of washed out roads and bridges, snow storm or slides? YOU must be prepared to take care of yourself, your friends, your family, your community.

Reclaim’s Advanced Wilderness First Aid will give you the confidence to deal with any level of emergency. This course covers:

  • Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
  • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Asthma
  • Cold-Related Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
  • Heat-Related Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Patient Lifting & Moving
  • Principles of Fracture Care
  • Response & Assessment
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Sprains & Strains Advanced

YOUR Schedule (40 hours total)

Day One
  1. Patient Assessment and Critical Care
  2. The Principles and Management of Traumatic Injuries
  3. Book and Scenario based learning
  4. Quiz
Day Two
  1. Medical Emergencies
  2. Environmental Emergencies
  3. Book and Scenario based learning
  4. Quiz
Day Three
  1. Drowning and Near Drowning
  2. Making litters
  3. Transport of Patients
  4. Quiz
Day Four
  1. Field Practice Scenarios
  2. Final Exam

Day 1, 2 and 1/2 of the day 3 we are hosted inside with practice times outside.

The second half of day 3 and 4 we will practice our skills outside.

The night of day 3 is a camp situation so bring what you need for camping. I will make a pancake breakfast in the morning of day 4 so don't worry about that.

Please bring "something" for soup on for the first night. We will throw it all into a pot and see what happens... (It has never turned out bad yet)

Bring something to snack on for lunch on the day 4.

Your GEAR... (check list can be found on the registration page)

We will be outside rain or shine so bring the required clothing.

Bring whatever first aid kit or day pack that you typically take with you. (this is a great opportunity to try out your gear and see if it will perform the way you need it to)

If you do not have a SAM splint I do bring extras- You can purchase one for your kit for $20.

It is sunny days and bug season so bring what you need to protect yourself from the elements. (We will talk about insect shield clothing)

Your course fee of $630 includes

  • Course Books
  • Adult CPR
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Card
  • One breakfast
  • All travel expenses for your coach

Students who pass the course will receive a SOLO WFA certification, valid for two years.

In order to book a private course we require a minimum of 6 students.

After completion of your Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification you will be added to the group of other participants. Reclaim offers a practice weekend once or twice a year where all previously certified persons come together for a weekend of practice. We believe in keeping your skills sharp and creating muscle memory so you are prepared for any event!

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) 72 hrs

SOLO’s WFR course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, rangers, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides and ski patrolers.

The WFR covers all topics in the WFA and AWFA in greater depth and also includes topics such as

  • anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, central nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems
  • many types of trauma, shock, allergic reactions
  • altitude sickness
  • bites and stings
  • animal and plant poisoning
  • bivouac skills
  • bloodborne pathogens  
  • infectious disease
  • CPR,
  • long term patient care
  • leadership
  • medical emergencies
  • mock rescue
  • mediolegal issues

Your course fee of $1177 includes

  • Course Books
  • Adult CPR
  • Wilderness First Responder Card
  • All practice medical supplies
  • Registration with the Wilderness Medical Society

Be prepared! Save a life! It might be your own

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