What you need to know is our property is an off the grid homestead and Canine Sports Camp (Agility, Dock Diving, Herding and Search & Rescue Training) currently under construction. As construction is underway, you may see open/studded walls, insulation, construction lights and a basic concrete floor. For winter classes we heat with wood and do our best to keep the temperature around 70 degrees. We do not have an internet connection but your phones and mobile data should work well in our home.
Once you arrive our home is a 1/3 mile off of Pine Street, primarily up hill on a gravel driveway. I recommend dressing as if you we were visiting a farm.
With all that said you may also enjoy meeting some of our 2 or 4 legged friends, 6 Nigerian goats, our 4 loved Aussies, 2 cats, 9 Indian Runner ducks, a Guinea hen, and many Jersey Black Giant Hens and Red Bourbon turkeys. Coming in the spring pf 2017 2 pigs and some sheep. And you will also have the advantage of seeing some of the first aid supplies and nutrients I use for my own pets.
Classes are rarely if ever cancelled and I have taught classes for only one person. If I have only 1 registrant for a class I will let you know and give you the option of attending the scheduled class or a future class.
Please feel free to call with any questions.
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.
WHO IS THE WFA FOR?The WFA is the perfect course 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. It also meets the ACA guidelines.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?Classes are held at Dog Pals Canine Sports Park
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?$160.00
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.
DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.
Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills (including lightning)
Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
Patient Assessment System
Patient Lifting & Moving
Principles of Fracture Care
Response & Assessment
Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
Spinal Cord Injury Management
Sprains & Strains
The Human Animal
Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
Use of Epinephrine
What is Wilderness First Aid?
You can read more about this program and others at:
You can see all out Pet First Aid products on our shop:
About your instructor.
Jim Helems currently owns and runs Adventure Dogs USA. Along with his 22 years as a military medic, Jim has completed several SOLO programs including the Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, GEOMED and the SOLO instructor program.
Currently Jim is involved with several Disaster Animal Response Teams at the local, state and national levels assisting in local disasters and also assists the ASPCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in rescuing dogs from illegal puppy mills.
Classes are scheduled, in part, based on attendance. We do not refund any fees paid, but will allow you to attend another class of your choosing within 1 year of original class date. This is your responsibilty to schedule a new class with the instructor prior to attending class.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
We recommend: Girls 10 years or older, Boys 12 years and older, exceptions are always possible
What can/can't I bring to the event?
No dogs/cats allowed in class except service dogs.
You can bring a lunch or snacks and drink if you wish
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Jim Helems, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You should but not required
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds on classes. But you can atttend another class within 1 year of your purchase date. You must contat the instructor prior to the class to ensure a seat.