Wilderness First Aid

Planning a trip to the back country where a 911 call cannot get through, or where rescue may be hours away? Going to Philmont, Northern Tier, or Sea Base? Hiking the Appalachian Trail with your Troop or Crew? You might find yourself in a situation requiring not only first aid, but also care until evacuation or rescue.

Take your standard first aid skills to a higher level. The Atlanta Area Council Activities Committee sponsors several Wilderness First Aid Courses throughout the year. They are offered at Basic and Advanced levels. 

Wilderness First Aid - American Red Cross Certification

This is a 16-hour course developed by the American Red Cross (ARC) and is taught by scout leaders who are certified ARC instructors. Participants, who complete all course requirements, earn certification from the ARC in Wilderness First Aid, valid for two years. The course requires that all participants complete one evening or afternoon four-hour orientation sessions AND one all-day, about eight hours, Saturday session. This course is open to all adult leaders, and youth 14 and older are encouraged to participate.

Pre-Requisites

  • Participants must attend one evening or afternoon session AND one all-day Saturday session. 
  • All participants must be 14 years of age at the completion of the course.
  • All participants must hold current adult CPR/AED certification.* 
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.
  • All participants must have their own email address.  If you have any other type of certification with the American Red Cross, it is suggested you use that email address for this course.  The ARC uses the email as a unique identifier.
The Atlanta Area Council accepts only CPR/AED certificates from the American Red Cross (ARC) or the American Heart Association (AHA). Online courses do not qualify, you must attend and pass an in-person skills session for Adult CPR/AED. 

Notes:

If you do not have a valid CPR certificate at the time of the class, you may register for CPR Saturday offered by the Atlanta Area Council within two to three weeks following your Wilderness First Aid session.

This training costs $75 per participant

Questions can be addressed to the Course Director, Wayne Miller, at wayne.miller.atl@gmail.com.

Upcoming Courses

Option A, November 7 and 16, 2019

Thursday, 11/7 from 6pm – 10pm at Atlanta Area Council Service Center and Saturday, 11/16 from 8am – 5pm at Allatoona Aquatics Base.

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Option B, November 10 and 16, 2019

Sunday, 11/10 from 2pm – 6pm at Atlanta Area Council Service Center and Saturday, 11/16 from 8am – 5pm at Allatoona Aquatics Base.

SOLO Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification

This 16 hour course developed by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) is taught by professional instructors from SOLO, a pioneer in wilderness medicine education.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. 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, and outdoor groups. The course focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.  During the course, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.

Pre-Requisites

  • All participants must be 14 years of age at the completion of the course.
  • CPR Certification is not included nor is it required.
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.

Upcoming Courses:

$175 per participant.  Fee includes lunch on both days and a campsite registration. Camping can be arranged for scouts & scouters by prior arrangement with the Course Coordinator.  Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.


October 19-20, 2019

Advanced Wilderness First Aid SOLO AWFA Certification

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life. The AWFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants in depth information on medical and environmental emergencies along with hands-on practice of backcountry first aid skills. It also meets the ACA guidelines. The SOLO AWFA is 16 hours long (two days) and focuses on leadership. Participants learn to take control of medical situations, including patient assessment, injury management, traction and other necessary outdoor skills. The class goes into greater depth of basic WFA subjects than the SOLO Basic WFA course.

Pre-Requisites

  • Participants must have completed SOLO Basic Wilderness First Aid in the past 24 months.
  • CPR Certification is not included or required.
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.

Upcoming Courses:

This training costs $175 per participant including lunch on both days and a campsite registration. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.

November 9-10, 2019