MEDIC SOLO Disaster +Travel + Wilderness First Aid & Responder Certification Courses
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Feedback Comparing to Other Orgs' Courses & Instructors
If another org's class is a lot cheaper, consider that you may be getting just what you pay for in terms of resulting actual hands-on personal capability and confidence to care for someone correctly in case of emergency. See the other testimonial pages for what hands-on capabilities people come away with in this class, with this instructor.
Another thing to ask of a different org's class: is the org itself run by a physician (as is SOLO which controls this class), ensuring and continuously advancing evidence-based state-of-the-art of wilderness medical science and instruction technique?
Additional considerations in choosing which school and which instructor
>> "I have been through WMI courses 4 times, and SOLO twice. Matt has by far been the best instructor of my 14 years of taking wilderness medicine courses." March 2015
>> "I actually learned something I can use. Have taken 1 other SOLO WFA and a Red Cross WFA. SOLO is by far above the Red Cross." March 2015
>> "Hi Matt, My WFA certification expired and you did not currently have one in our area. I took a course through ASH&I, and it was no where near the quality of your class. Your teaching, experience and labs are in a totally different league! This class gave me a card, but not much beyond that. Your class gave me skills and confidence that actually work in the field - I have used your training multiple times now.... Thanks for putting so much into your classes. I look forward to taking another one with." - message from Craig Henley on facebook, February 26, 2016
>> "Treated us like smart people who can do things -- unlike Basic Red Cross CPR / 1st Aid." - June 2017
>> "Matt is a gifted instructor, his enthusiasm and professionalism is the finest compared to any/all of my military & corporate training over the last 2 decades. I have taken this course plus the American Red Cross WFA and this class was much, much better. 100% recommend SOLO and Matt." December 2016
>> "Very specific compared to Boy Scout [WFA]. More scenarios." May 2017
>> "Very much liked the teaching style -- much better than Red Cross." June 2017
>> "Best one of my now-4 WFA or BWFA courses -- thank you." March 2012
>> "This was the second WFA course for me and SOLO's course is much better and Matt is a better instructor." February 2016
>> "I learned more in this course than any other WFA class I've taken." June 2015
>> "It absolutely blew away the basic 1st aid course & lifeguarding course I've had." June 2017
>> "Thank you for a great course! I feel that I learned more in your 16 hour WFA course than I have in 20 years of regular first aid training. The practice/scenarios were great ways to gain the knowledge." -Charles Perry, 4/18/2012
>> "Best course on first aid I have had." May 2011
>> "The previous Basic First Aid course gave me certification. This [dtWFA] course gave me certification, KNOWLEDGE, + the confidence to use it." June 2013
>> "Best instructor on the East Coast (based on 4 other courses)." December 2012
>> "It was helpful to have the 1-on-1 exercises, rather than in groups. In the previous course I took, we did similar exercises but with groups of rescuers and it did not provide as much hands-on practice." March 2015
>> "Absolutely awesome; between WMI and SOLO, I have had multiple instructors; Matt was hands-down the best!" March 2013
>> "Matt's knowledge, demeanor, and teaching skills make the course one of the best I've taken." January 2012
>> "This is the second time I have taken WFA, the previous time was with a different instructor through a different organization. The difference between the two courses was black and white, bravo Matt." -Peter L., 5/6/2010
>> "By far the most practical and informative class that I have ever taken
on first aid." ~ Kami L., 1/23/2013
>> "This hands-on class proved to be so much more effective than previous first aid classes." January 2012
>> "I've been taking medical classes since I got my EMT in 1983. 30 looonnnggg years. This has got to be one of my all-time favorites." ~ Robert McLemore via Facebook, October 2013
>> "I feel much more comfortable with my ability to help others in wilderness situations (I was already CPR / [Basic] First Aid / AED certified)." January 2013
>> "I've taken this course twice before and I think this was the best it's been taught." March 2012
>> "Excellent class! When I went into the class my first aid training was to stop the bleeding and call 911. After the class, I am very confident that I could handle many of the problems that can arrive in the back country. But what made the class exceptional was the way Matt lead the instruction. Matt provided the theory, the background behind the theory, an explanation of why the body was reacting to a certain situation and the symptoms that it produced. This was great for me because memorization has never been my strong point, but if I understood the basics I can always figure out the next step which will stay with me much longer." ~Joseph Sites, June 9, 2011
>> "I wanted to ensure you knew how much your preparation, knowledge and professionalism was appreciated. I heard this from several people I was paired with during scenarios.
I have done several things like this with work and outside of work over the last 30 years, and by far your course was the most professional and well paced and as such my absorption and retention were very high. I liked the mix between lecture, participation and scenarios - the mix was near perfect to ensure enthusiastic participation by all. I liked that we did not screw around with overly long breaks.
I left with a higher degree of confidence that I need to have when taking 20 to 30 boys out camping.
It is obvious you are serious about what you do and I have great respect for that. It is obvious you care for people with the birthday cake for Dan there at the end.
Due to that respect and caring, I look forward to reaching out to you this summer for some potential high adventure outing with some of the older boys in the Boy Scout troop here in Harrisonburg for fall 2011." - email from Brian Naftel, Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 40, Harrisonburg, VA
>> "One of the best courses I have taken in many years." May 2010
>> The course was "at least on par with, if not better than, the first SOLO
WFA course I took in 2005. I got more out of the course this time.
I don't know if that was due to my building on prior knowledge or your teaching
style...perhaps both. Your delivery was very good You have a very
relaxed teaching style that creates a comfortable environment for learning.
Your knowledge of the course content was very evident. The additional
information you provided that was not in the book was very helpful in
understanding whatever topic you were teaching. You provided enough
technical information to explain things, but did not overwhelm us with medical
'tech talk'. The scenarios and role plays were just great. There
is no better way to learn than by doing. Handling a wilderness medical
emergency solo was one of the better learning experiences for me. Time
management was a challenge for you considering all the content you had to cover,
but you did a good job at getting through it all."
>> "Even though I am a health care provider I was amazed how much I learned in taking Matt's course. He was enthusiastic and presented in a way that made the material both relevant and interesting. Two thumbs up!" ~ Vinnie Mascia, February 17, 2011
>> "Excellent course. Matt's knowledge, skills and experience contributed to a great course outline. Even with many years emergency experience, I came away with new tools for my patient care toolbox. Thank you!" ~Tina Ryner, February 16, 2011