All of our certification courses are done with SOLO wilderness medicine. SOLO is the longest continuously operating wilderness medical school in the country and they are a great resource.
SOLO WFA courses are a great tool for anyone who wants to spend time outside. This 16 hour, 2 day program will introduce you to patient assessment, treatment and management of injuries in backcountry conditions. You will learn to improvise splints and litters, stop bleeding, and other potentially lifesaving skills.
An optional CPR course for those who wish to add a SOLO CPR certification course to the WFA course.
SOLO has been educating and certifying folks in wilderness medicine since 1976. Wicked Good Wilderness Medicine is very proud to be able to offer SOLO certification courses here in Maine. For more information on SOLO and to learn more about the main campus in Conway NH, check out their website: https://www.soloschools.com
We offer several courses a year. With small class sizes, hands on practice and a central location we hope everyone can join us for a course. Courses include a hardcopy WFA book and this course is taught over two days. Cost is $185 for the WFA certification and $25 for CPR.
CPR certification is offered separately from the WFA class. Each CPR course listed is exclusively for folks participating the the corresponding WFA class. You will need to enroll in the CPR portion when you book your course.
A hybrid course is a great way to spread out the learning so you can learn at your own pace. The hands on component is taught over a single 8 hour day. The total cost of this course is $240; $100 to SOLO for the online component and $140 for the hands on portion. This course happens in two steps:
1) Click the link and go to the SOLO website and book the online portion. This is 8 hours of online learning that is completed before you can take the in person component with us. This MUST be completed 2 weeks prior to the hands on portion of the course.
2) Then join us in person for hands on instruction and practice. Book the practical portion early to get your preferred date!
CPR certification is offered separately from the WFA Hybrid class. CPR is offered after each practical session. You will need to enroll in the CPR portion when you book your course. The cost is $25 for CPR certification.
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Individuals with a current SOLO WFR can recertify with a WFA course. If you have a current WFR from another provider you may be able recertify through a WFR recert course but not with a WFA.
We partner with the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) to offer a fully accessible campus and learning environment. Courses are held at:
AOEC Horizon Center
675 Old Portland Road
Brunswick ME 04011
You should plan to wear or have with you clothing that will be appropriate for being both indoors and outdoors during your course. Weather permitting; we will be spending a significant portion of the class time outdoors. The following list in addition to the clothing you will be wearing and is to be considered a minimum. Feel free to supplement it with anything else you would normally carry. You will be using your equipment to provide care, build splints, and to keep yourself and OTHERS warm during scenarios.
Required: The following items should be packed for each class
___ Raingear tops and Bottoms (no ponchos)
___ Warm Hats (synthetic* or wool)
___ Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms (synthetic* or wool)
___ Warm Layers (synthetic* or wool)
___ 2 Pair Warm socks (synthetic* or wool)
___ Pack (2500 cu in or larger) or duffle bag
___ Water Bottles (1 liter/quart or larger)
___ Hiking boots or Sturdy Hiking Shoes
___ Notebook with Pen/Pencil.
*Polyester or Polypropylene (Capilenetm, Bergelenetm, Dri-Climetm, etc.) We do not recommend cotton.
___ Trekking Poles
___ Watch with Second Hand (or digital with seconds)
___ Headlamp or Flashlight (don’t forget extra batteries and bulbs)
___ Pocket Knife
___ Insect Repellent (in season)
___ Sunglasses and Sunscreen
___ 40 feet Small Diameter Cord (parachute cord is fine)
___ Sleeping Pad (Ensolite, Thermarest, Ridgerest, etc.)
___ 10’ X 10’ 4-6 mil Plastic Tarp (for shelter building)
If you are missing an item please talk to us. We have lots of items that are available to rent at very reasonable costs. Here at Wicked Good Wilderness Medicine we try our best to make courses available to everyone.
The WFA certification lasts 2 years. If you take the CPR class, CPR certification lasts 2 years.