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Occasionally, injuries happen in the context of adventure sports, and as both enthusiasts and professionals we need to be prepared to treat, manage, and avoid injury in remote settings.  SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is an introductory course designed to develop both decision making and management skills that address common backcountry injuries. The WFA course focuses on ‘hands on’ learning, where students are engaged in managing authentic scenarios; scenario based learning is supported by brief classroom discussions and reinforced with intensive practical work.

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, students, and outdoor groups. It also meets American Canoe Association, British Canoeing and International Mountain Bicycling Associations first aid requirements.

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.

This SOLO WFA will be taught by Todd Johnstone-Wright.  Todd is a full-time adventure sports coach with almost three decades of wilderness medical and traditional EMS experience, and has been teaching for SOLO Wilderness Medicine since 1994.  In addition, he is a British Canoeing Level 5 Coach Sea, UKCC Level 4 Coach, BC coach educator, ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water ITE, Level 4 Whitewater IT, Level 4 Surf Kayak Coach and holds awards in the ski, mountain bicycling, and climbing disciplines.  As a result of his training, and extensive expedition and adventure sport experience, he is able to cater the course and supporting scenarios to a variety of adventure sports disciplines and contexts.  

Dates: MAY 4TH & 5TH, 2019
Cost: $200

You can register by calling the shop at 508-636-0300, or send us a message at

How to pack for the WFA:

We encourage participants to dress comfortably and come prepared to work/play outside in any weather.  In addition, we ask that participants come prepared as if they were leading a long day tripping group in either a mountain, mountain bicycling, or marine environment.
Recommended Items:
Windproof/waterproof jacket and pants
Insulating layers
Season appropriate closed toed shoes
Spare clothing/layers for splinting
Food and water for the day
Writing instrument
Day pack or duffle/Bill Bag (paddlers)
Sport specific and/or leadership equipment i.e. Life Jacket, Sleeping Pads, Hydration Packs etc.

Contact Us

489 Old County Rd. Westport, MA 02790

Phone Number: (508) 636-0300

April & May - Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
June - Labor Day- Every Day 9am to 5pm
September - Tuesday - Sunday 9am to 5pm
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