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This is the only WFA course offered in the state of WV!
You or a friend or family member is injured in the wilderness, an urban disaster zone, a remote rural area or just a few miles from cell phone service … what would you do? Learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital hand-off.
The MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid Course is a blended experience of classroom and hands-on learning. About half of student time is spent rotating as mock rescuer and mock patient in realistic care-giving scenarios, making the most of learning-by-doing, and forming muscle memory.
Who: For adults and focused youths ages 12+
What: Hands-on learn how to care for an injured/ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital arrival. Results in a 2-year internationally-renowned SOLO WFA certification.
When: April 6 & 7, 2019. 8:30am – 6:30pm each day both days
How: Blend of classroom instruction & hands-on rescue scenario practice
More Info: Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT
- Beyond the ‘golden hour’: wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed-EMS-arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care
- Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation
- Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management
- Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain
- Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements, Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections
- Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival
- Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain and Heart Problems
- Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment
- International Travel: preparation, problem prevention, and illness treatment — presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest.
What Folks are Saying
We are currently in the process of exploring a Trout in The Classroom project because of the interest that was piqued during the AWSM activities. – Julie Colaw, 5th grade science teacher, Petersburg Elementary School
The leaders at Experience Learning do an extraordinary job of utilizing “outdoor education” to create opportunities for our boys to learn, grow, and develop an appreciation for our world beyond traditional classroom environments, which is valuable on too many levels to fully celebrate. – Mike Wallace, Gilman School
Our trip to SKMC has now turned into an annual event that is not only highly anticipated, but essential to bringing together the social dynamics of our class as we prepare for a year of working together. Additionally, my students feel empowered and connected to each other from our adventures that carries on through our schoolwork. – Jen Osha Buysse, teacher, Morgantown Learning Academy
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler
Hands down Experience Learning’s Water Sampling trip (AWSM) for my 5th graders this past year has been the highlight of my career thus far! – Megan Bacorn, teacher
Experience Learning has for a long time been dedicated to understanding our students, and on each trip builds a program to meet our goals. The experience we have each year creates a channel for learning that helps students further understand and internalize skills for planning, organization, problem solving and risk taking, and shows how these skills lead to success and happiness. We also have a wonderful time, and the experience is a staple of school culture and our collective memories. – Greg Koehlert, headmaster, Winston Prep
Experience Learning and their staff make our school trips possible. From scouting things out before hand, to keeping everyone fed, safe, entertained and informed during the trip, none of it would be possible without their professionalism. They create a safe environment that allows students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and take risks while being fully supported. All of this translates to huge growth at home both in and out of the classroom. – Evan Schlissel, Winston Prep NY