Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

SOLO Canada’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as back country trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers.

Who is the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course for?

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.

What is taught during a Wilderness First Responder Course?

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day Wilderness First Responder course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice.  Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included..

Where and when is a Wilderness First Responder Course held?

The Wilderness First Responder courses can be hosted by SOLO Canada at Wendigo Lake Expeditions (South River, Ontario) or arrangements can be made for SOLO Canada to come to you.  Please call 705.386.2376 ext 223 or email info@solocanada.ca for more information about future courses or to arrange to host your own course.

What about room and board during the course?

Courses hosted by SOLO Canada offer suitable accommodations and a full-time kitchen staff providing meals.  SOLO Canada’s location offers the perfect environment for wilderness medicine training.

How much does a Wilderness First Responder course cost?

Wilderness First Responder courses taught at the SOLO Canada campus cost $655.00 (price does not include room and board).

Is there an exam?

There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and a written test.

Do I get certified?

Yes. Your SOLO Wilderness First Responder certification is good for three years.

How do I re-certify?

You may take either a 2-day Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course or a 2-day Wilderness First Aid course.

Future Courses

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If you have any questions about SOLO Canada or would like to arrange for a private or group training course, please contact Andrew Torrance (andrew@solocanada.ca or call 1-866-730-5328 ext 223)

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