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Saturday, March 2 | 8:00am

Disaster/Travel/Wilderness First Aid Course

Great Outdoor Provision Company and MEDIC Solo Disaster + Wilderness Medicine School are hosting a Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid certification course.

March 2-3, 2024
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM both days
Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm
1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Course Details:

Mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, rural area / remote travel not near a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … Hands-on learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival.

The MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid Course is a blended experience of classroom and hands-on learning. ~50% 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.

  • No prerequisites. Never-trained first-timers all the way up to medical professionals will benefit and learn front-line improvisation skills.
  • For adults and focused teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.
  • Opportunity: earn college credit and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Approved and endorsed by many organizations for meeting and exceeding first aid requirements.
  • 8 or 8:30am - 6:30 or 7pm each day both course days.
  • 5 bonus hours beyond the typical 16-hour class:
    • Deeper learning: the "why's" behind things.
    • More real-world practice scenarios.
    • Stronger resulting skills & confidence.
  • Guaranteed to exceed your expectations.
  • 2-year world-renowned certification by SOLO, founded 1976.
  • Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT by SOLO. Other schools' certs, contact us to inquire.
  • Fee: $325. 

Standard Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Topics:

  • 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, Drowning, 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

Bonus Topics:

  • Altitude Illnesses: prevention, recognition, and treatment – presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest on course registration form
  • International Travel: preparation, problem prevention, and illness treatment -- presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest on course registration form
  • Mass Casualty Disaster Triage: assessing, sorting, and providing immediate treatment in 15 to 30 seconds per person, when victims outnumber caregivers – presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest on course registration form
  • Pediatrics: Treatment of Children and their Parents: by age group: characteristics, prevention tips, and treatment tips – presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest on course registration form
  • Protest / Rally / Action First Aid: safety tips, and treatment steps against weapons uniquely used in these settings – presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest on course registration form

Course info, online registration, other locations & dates: 
http://www.solowfa.com/ 
A fully completed registration and payment will reserve your spot in the class. Feel free to contact courses@solowfa.com with questions.


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Saturday, March 2 | 7:30am

First Saturday Bird Walk

On the first Saturday of each month, the Piedmont Virginia Bird Club offers a bird walk, led by a club member, at Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm. Participants gather in the parking lot at 7:30am.

Birders of all levels are welcome. The club has binoculars which participants may borrow. This event is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.


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Saturday, March 2 | 10:00am

Tree Identification Hike

Chase away those Winter Grays! Are you tired of the long nights and that weak winter sun? Let’s find hidden colors within the forest to brighten our day and remind us that spring is on the way. Join the Ivy Creek hike leader, as they point out different tree characteristics to help with tree ID. This beginner tree identification walk will traverse easy-to-moderate woodland trails. This hike will last about 1 1/2 hours.

Registration: https://app.donorview.com/w8JLY


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About Ivy Creek

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With seven miles of trails traversing a mix of upland woods, pine stands, fields, streams, and shoreline, ICNA is an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia.

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