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Wilderness First Aid Course

October 11, 2013

The Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association (WVAIA) is hosting a 2-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, 2013.

The 16-hour WFA class will be held at the Waterville Valley Academy and taught by instructors from SOLO Schools of Conway, NH, the leader in wilderness medicine training in the United States.  Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a WFA certification good for two years.  Wilderness First Responders can also re-certify with this class.

The WFA course is perfect 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.

wvaia wilderness first aid course

The WFA course creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care and survival, when help may not arrive for hours if not days.  If you spend time in the backcountry, day hiking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, or anything that takes you to lightly traveled locations far from help, you will find this course invaluable.

SOLO training is different from more traditional emergency medical and first aid training in that the emphasis is on how the body works; what happens to it when it has been injured or is ill; and the basic principles behind treatment.  By understanding basic physiology, the principles of emergency response, long-term patient care and equipment improvisation, you will be better prepared to deal with non-textbook problems.

The cost for the 2-day course is $135. An optional CPR certification course will be offered on Saturday evening for an additional fee.  Pre-registration is required by emailing  Space is limited and previous courses have filled up quickly.

WVAIA, Waterville Valley’s outdoors club, was formed in 1888 to manage the recreational activities of Waterville Valley resort.  WVAIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and currently partners with the U.S. Forest Service for the maintenance and stewardship of the hiking trails in and around Waterville Valley.  Learn more online at

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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