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>> "The course blew my expectations out of the water."  April 2013


>> "The best course for real world first aid problem solving / training.  Learned lots the first time; still learned and improved this time."  June 2017


>> "I learned more than I ever imagined would be possible.  It was absolutely incredible, very fun and informative."  January 2016


>> "I would recommend this course to others because I think no matter who it is that takes it, it really prepares you for situations you hope to never be in, but someday could be, so it really is useful to everyone."  September 2017


>> "I feel way more prepared to help than I did with basic first aid.  Learned new skills and facts that if I didn't know could have caused me to harm someone further."  February 2016


>> "Went from no specific knowledge to feeling confident in wilderness survival & rescue."  September 2016


>> "I've attended these classes and can I just say how valuable its been living in a very rural community.  I've used nearly everything I've learned (with the exception of having to set a broken bone, fortunately).  Its great training."  ~ Elizabeth McCullers, via Facebook July 2017


>> "This course is AMAZING!  Beyond my expectations, and I admit to having high standards.  Also, a great value." November 2015


>> Survey question:  Would you recommend this course to others?  "Absolutely.  This knowledge is required to handle anything other than minor injuries."  June 2016


>> Survey question:  What could we do to improve the program?  "I honestly usually have all kinds of opinions on these questions but this class was perfect.  I'm sorry to not have any suggestions to improve it."  March 2017


>> "Take the class, Save a life!" July 2008


>> "This was a tremendous introduction to many different situations I may encounter not just in the 'wilderness' -- but in life AND how to deal with it."  May 2015


>> This course was a great companion to an active shooter course I took this year."  July 2017


>> "I enjoyed the entire course -- all aspects. It was the *very best* first aid I ever attended and I've attended many." March 2012


>> "The evaluations I read said it was an extraordinary course, and I wasn't disappointed.  Outstanding!  I hope I don't have to use what I've learned, but I feel 200% more prepared than 48 hours ago." November 2015


>> "Perhaps the best 2 days I have ever spent learning indispensable information." October 2010


>> "We learned what we would have to do & then got hands on & were put to the test in realistic scenarios.  It helped & made learning very easy."  May 2015


>> "When I walked in the door, the idea of being responsible for someone in a backcountry medical emergency was terrifying. Now I feel confident that I can help." March 2008


>> "The hands-on experience was the best part of the course as far as helping commit information to long-term memory.  The scenarios themselves were well thought out too.  As you progress they got more difficult & incorporated information / skills from all parts of lessons."  May 2015


>> "I've always been petrified of dealing with fractures.  I feel much more comfortable with them now."  June 2015


>> "This was by far the most involved WFA or recert class I have taken." December 2012


>> Now I "can confidently treat patients with enough knowledge to apply effective and safe treatment to lessen, fix, or heal an injury."  June 2013


>> "We got to actually experience the situation instead of just reading through a book. You could feel the stress and test your knowledge realistically."  November 2014


>> "Useful info for basically anyone -- and could save lives that you couldn't without the course info."  June 2014


>> "Thank you for a great program: [my son] Nico [age 14] is twice the size today than Friday! Brimming with confidence!  And I feel more secure knowing that he can handle what may arise on this trip he will be taking this summer." Email from Marianne L., 1/14/2013


>> "Best one of the 3 SOLO courses I've taken."  November 2013


>> "I learned how to save lives."  May 2014


>> "WFA definitely came in handy Friday - we were having a picnic (out by a lake with a bunch of people) and had someone fall playing volleyball and end up with a distal radial/ulnar fracture (clearly displaced) ... and (thanks to having experience in the class) was able to easily make a splint and brace the arm so we could get her to the hospital as painlessly as possible - so ... thanks!" - email from Matt N., 7/2/2011


>> "Matt, thanks for an awesome weekend!!  I'm sure I'll be putting a lot of this training to use during my disaster relief efforts.  Thanks again!" -Anna Mooney, 4/18/2011


>> "I feel more secure going into a crisis situation, evaluating it and injuries, and treating what I can." January 2013


>> "Everyone that is a recreational hiker should take this class." February 2012


>> "I gained an enormous amount of knowledge, what can go wrong & how to treat it." May 2012


>> "I was astonished at how much I learned & how quickly." February 2011


>> "I was amazed at how much I didn't know." July 2012


>> "I would recommend this course to anyone who does outdoor activities even on a basic level. It makes you much more aware of what could happen and how to be prepared." January 2013


>> "Anybody who hikes / backpacks / camps or anything far away from help needs to take this course." October 2009


>> "The course was great. The skills learned this weekend I feel are necessary for not only wilderness but today's world, especially after the recent events in Georgia and now Missouri, it is not beyond reason to find a neighbor in distress much like the scenarios in the course after a weather event." -Jaimi Jackson, 5/23/2011


>> "This course goes way beyond basic first aid. I feel much better prepared to handle emergencies in the wilderness now." October 2007


>> "If I knew this class would be so applicable to even a day hike or weekend sail, I would have taken it sooner." October 2010


>> "Very detailed understanding of how things work, why symptoms presented in a specific way." March 2012


>> "It's a very reasonable price for all the teaching & training received." February 2012

>> "This course exceeded my expectations!" October 2010


>> "Hands-on. Great simulations to commit procedures to memory." May 2010


>> "The information was clear and concise.  I liked that we were always in a cycle of learning/practicing (kept things interesting)." March 2013


>> "After taking this course, I feel more confident that I'll have the supplies and knowledge to help someone in a real crisis situation." May 2010


>> "Thorough approach to topics, excellent information about the 'why's' and 'how's' of injury & treatment ... which allows the participant to build deep and meaningful (and applicable!) understanding." March 2009


>> "I learned a lot in a very short period of time; lessons were clear, and demos / staged events were great practice and a perfect hands-on learning tool." October 2007


>> "The numerous examples of hands-on practice in evaluating, moving and treating patients gave us lots of practice in applying what we learned." October 2007


>> "The role-playing really helped cement the concepts when we were actively participating -- both as a patient, and care-giver ... Very useful [course] if you plan on spending any time outside." January 2008


>> "An all-around fantastic course that can give one the confidence to handle tough situations." June 2009


>> "Great course, I learned much more than I thought possible in a weekend." - email from Mark O., 1/31/2011


>> "Perfect balance of lectures and practical application made enormous increase in my knowledge and confidence to help in a wilderness emergency." April 2008


>> "I was ... in denial about what could go wrong in a hike. I feel much more prepared now. Everyone who hikes should take this course!" March 2008


>> "This will make me feel more confident when leading scouts on wilderness adventures." March 2008


>> "It was very hands-on and it was nice to put the theories into action." May 2012


>> "Great course, useful for anybody who wants to be outdoors and not worry about not knowing what to do in an emergency." October 2007


>> "I really enjoyed the class and am kind of shocked how much I feel like I've learned just within those 2 days. I already feel way ahead in my EMT class!" January 2011


>> "If you go into the backcountry without this basic knowledge, you are in danger." January 2008


>> The course "definitely meets expectations above & beyond." What could we do to improve the program? "Don't mess with a good thing!" July 2008


>> "Have fun and acquire skills that besides being important, are essential for any lifestyle." July 2007


>> "The scenarios make you think and rely on your training even while under pressure. It is good training for the 'real deal.'" January 2013


>> "I hope this fake blood washes of 'cause there's enough on me that you'd swear these scenarios were real!" March 2009


>> "Wilderness First Aid and CERT [Community Emergency {Disaster} Response Team] is a perfect match." - Beth M., November 2012


>> "Great for every Scout Master." March 2013


>> "I feel like the content has grown since my last certification." January 2013


>> "This was fun!" October 2007


>> "Helps with everyday and simple scratches to disasters." January 2013


>> Anonymous survey question: "Did the course meet your expectations?"

24 replies from all 24 students in October 2009 (and the course has only improved since then):

"Yes, it was a great experience."

"Yes, the class was wonderful."

"Yes, I feel like I learned a lot."

"Yes, it was a fantastic and thorough review."

"Above my expectations."

"Completely, I feel confident in the information I learned!"

"Course exceeded my expectations."



"Yes. Exceeded."


"Yes." (this reply given on the other 12 of the 24 surveys).



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Jan. 6 - 7, 2018:

Charlottesville, VA

Jan. 13-14:

Norfolk, VA

Washington, DC

Jan. 27-28:

Chattanooga, TN

Harrisonburg, VA

Feb. 3 - 4:

Nashville, TN

Feb. 17-18:

Richmond, VA area

Mar. 3 - 4:

Fort Collins, CO

Huntington, WV /

  Ashland, KY area

Mar. 10-11:

Colorado Sprngs CO

Lexington, VA

Mar. 17-18:

Boulder, CO

Charlottesville, VA

Mar. 24-25:

Cincinnati, OH

Grand Junction, CO

Triangle area, NC

Apr. 7 - 8:

Blacksburg, VA

Chattanooga, TN

Portland, OR

Spruce Knob, WV

Apr. 14-15:

Bend, OR

Columbus, OH

Apr. 21-22:

Denver, CO

Charleston, WV

Virginia Beach area

Apr. 28-29:

Charlottesville, VA

May 5 - 6:

Washington, DC

May 12-13:

Dayton, OH

Greensboro, NC

Wilmington, NC

May 16-17:

Charlottesville, VA

May 19-20:

Birmingham, AL

Roanoke, VA

May 26-27 or 28:

Charlottesville, VA

Old Fields, WV

June 2 - 3:

Nashville, TN

Richmond, VA

June 9-10:

Indianapolis, IN

Montgomery, AL

June 16-17:

Triangle area, NC

Richmond, KY /

  Lexington, KY area

June 23-24:

Charlotte, NC

Huntsville, AL

Fredericksburg, VA

June 30 - July 1:

Atlanta /

  Marietta, GA area

July 14-15:

Charlottesville, VA

July 28-29:

Uwharrie, NC

Sep. 1-3: Mtn-top retreat

near Blacksburg, VA

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Learn how to save life & limb when / where pro help is not immediately available.

"Wilderness" = Time of injury/illness to hospital arrival > 1 hour.

= Natural or rural area, remote travel, and natural or terrorist disaster zones

 when & where EMS is overwhelmed, and cellphone towers are jammed.


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