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12/11/2018 1:58:31 AM
Posted: 12/5/2018 12:16:41 PM EST
Something within 2-3 hours of Miami would be nice.

Is there some form of national standard for Wilderness First Aid training?

Something better?

I ask because I've noticed there is very little between Red Cross CPR/First Aid training and full on EMT school.
Link Posted: 12/5/2018 2:00:17 PM EST

I took the Wilderness First Aid certification as part of a college class.
Link Posted: 12/5/2018 2:07:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/5/2018 3:55:45 PM EST

Iirc he got wilderness cert'd but cant recall his details where that he posted about.
Link Posted: 12/5/2018 4:21:19 PM EST
I took my WFR through NOLS, I only have good things to say about it. NOLS also does courses across the country so you should be able to find one close to you.

Solo Schools and WildMed are other solid options from what I understand.
Link Posted: 12/5/2018 6:15:31 PM EST
NOLS and SOLO are the gold standards. I let my cert expire since I'm no longer leading works hikes into the woods. I've always been certified through NOLS.

Landmark Learning is a top-notch, NOLS affiliate. I really enjoyed and got a lot out of each cert course. The "real-world" scenarios they provide give hands-on experience triaging and treating patients. There's a blend of classroom and outdoor exercises. We almost had a real exercise when a pygmy rattler decided to play in our area.

What's your goal? I've seen that ARC supposedly provides WFA but I can't help but wonder what their expertise is in the field. Wilderness first aid differs (imho) greatly from your typical FA instruction since it's geared towards tracking vitals, performing extractions, long-term patient management, etc. as opposed to maintaining the patient for a few minutes until advanced support can arrive.

Unfortunately, Florida isn't on most of the trainers radar. I think Landmark only makes one or two appearances/year. I'm not aware, however, of any that are done that far south. The only places I've seen it offered is Gainesville (Florida Outdoor Academy/SOLO) and Tallahassee (Landmark/NOLS). It looks like there's actually a Jan SOLO course at the Gainesville Bass Pro. FL Heartsavers does courses at Paynes Prairie. And NOLS has a course near Orlando in Aug 2019. I didn't see anything further south than that. Tampa/Orlando seems to be the line of demarcation.

Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Link Posted: 12/6/2018 1:22:18 PM EST
I took my WFR through Wilderness Medical Associates. It’s an amazing course. I highly recommend taking one.
Link Posted: 12/6/2018 3:24:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/6/2018 3:24:27 PM EST by D_J]
Link Posted: 12/8/2018 11:55:36 AM EST
The last day of my WFR is tomorrow (was supposed to end last week but earthquakes do what they do. I went through a SOLO instructor. Because of the earthquake up here the instructor needed a place to teach a youth WFA class since the public school hasn"t opened yet. I hosted it at my church where I am the part-time youth pastor. I was able to stop by share some of my experiences with the WFR class she also had me demonstrate some splints and litter building. It was good stuff. SOLO, WMI(NOLS) and WMA all started as the same organization but split for some reason. Any one of them would be good to go
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