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SOLO at Initiative Outdoor Initiative Outdoor is proud to be the Southasia home for SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) Nepal, leaders in wilderness medicine training. I.O offer’s specialized training and industry-recognized certification opportunities for outdoor trip leaders, disaster relief workers, military teams, physicians and other medical professionals seeking an exceptional experience.
SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) is the oldest continuously operated school of Wilderness Medicine in the world. Since 1976, with the opening of the SOLO campus in New Hampshire, SOLO has been the undisputed leader in wilderness medicine. SOLO offers top notch industry recognized courses across the United States and around the world.
We teach medicine by building a foundation of principles and systems, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology. Unlike memorizing facts, building a solid base of information gives students the tools to interpret emergencies, apply sound judgment, and confidently make decisions. We believe that medicine is an art as much as it is a science. Learning to interact professionally and compassionately with patients, bystanders, and other emergency medical providers is as important as providing the correct treatment. We teach prevention first, treatment second, and emphasize a wilderness ethic of respect and stewardship. SOLO strives to provide a physically and psychologically comfortable atmosphere in our classes. We design our curriculum to accommodate a wide range of learning styles by combining lectures with demonstrations and hands-on practice sessions. Our open learning environment encourages group discussion, participatory learning, and exploration. Students and instructors constantly learn from one another. Fundamental to all SOLO programs is our belief that students learn to problem solve through practice and experience.
An introduction into Wilderness Medicine, this weekend course provides an overview of medical skills for the wilderness setting. This entry-level course is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and newcomers to the outdoor industry. The 16 hours of instruction cover patient assessment and how to provide basic care for sick or injured patients. Students will participate in hands-on scenarios in addition to classroom lectures and activities. CPR is an available add-on. This course is recommended for hikers, camp staff, mountain bikers, river guides, backpackers, and hunters.
Successful completion of this course provides a two-year certification.
The course emphasizes leadership skills and presents new skills such as litter packaging. Students must have a current SOLO WFA certification in order to take the AWFA. The longer course is appropriate for group leaders, outdoor professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts who may be away from immediate medical help for more than a day. The Advanced Wilderness First Aid course builds on the WFA going into greater depth on the basic first aid subjects emphasizes leadership skills, and presents new skills such as building improvised litters and litter carrying. As the course is also quite short, you will gain the maximum benefit from it if you are already familiar with basic first-aid concepts and practices. In previous courses you will most likely have learned reactive first aid; in this advanced course, you will learn to make proactive decisions among other skills.
The WFR 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. The WFR is 72+ hours long (9 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 WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.
The Wilderness First Responder 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. It covers the same topics as the WFA and AWFA but the WFR do so far more extensively, introduces additional conditions and their treatment and there is much more time for hands-on practice. This course is typically the entry-level requirement for working in the outdoors industry abroad.
This course is designed for people with little or no first-aid training who want to be prepared to save a life. It is for people who live within an hour of definitive care (a hospital or ambulance). The course focuses on the life-threatening injuries and medical conditions which are most commonly encountered. The course is four hours long, and participants will learn how to recognize and treat these injuries until help arrives.
Learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR at Initiative Outdoor. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation is a recommended certification for outdoor professionals. Initiative Outdoor offers a two-hour course to receive a two-year certification or add it to another Solo's Wilderness medical course. Adult, child, and infant CPR