SOLO Certified Wilderness First Aid Training (WFA) With “The Scroll” Wilderness Medicine Instructors


Course Info
· Dates: September 3-4 2022 (16 hours)
. Ages: 14, Ages 14 to 17 need to be accompanied by an adult
· Max. Size: 12
· Tuition:  $200 per person. Add $40.00 for CPR. Add $25.00 for camping.

About The Course

We’re partnering with Rick Swain of The Scroll to offer a wilderness first aid certification course. Having wilderness first aid training is an important aspect of spending time in the back country, and Rick is a highly trained medical professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with students.

Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from a SOLO certified instructor. This comprehensive two-day course is a fast paced, hands-on training program. It’s designed to meet the needs of hikers, skiers, hunters, fisherman, trip leaders, camp staff, and other outdoor enthusiasts who recreate in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations and receive a two-year SOLO WFA certification. This course may also act as a Wilderness First Responder Recertification class. If CPR is included, you will also receive a two-year SOLO CPR certification.

Topics Included: 

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Environmental Injuries
  • Hemorrhage Control
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Splinting Techniques

Gear List:

  • This class will be conducted in the outdoors, please dress appropriately for the season
  • Raingear (Top and Bottom)
  • Water bottle
  • Optional – Day pack and equipment that you might typically carry
  • Camping Gear (If staying on site for the weekend)

About The Instructor

Rick Swain is a retired Army combat veteran with more than 20 years’ experience as a Special Operations Combat Medic and Paramedic/ HAZMAT Technician serving in both technical and tactical units. After retiring from the military, Rick continued his service for ten years as a government contractor and consultant; mentoring, training, and evaluating units in the National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise.

Rick has had the opportunity to train and operate in all types of environments from the deserts in Iraq to the mountains in Afghanistan to the jungles in Panama and Ecuador. His true passion lies in the wilderness, and he has been honing the skills for critical readiness in the outdoors for the past 30 years by always remaining a student of the wilderness and by seeking self-improvement through realistic, hands-on training. By applying this mind set over the years, Rick has learned many life-sustaining lessons that have been applied in real life situations. Rick is the founder and owner of The SCROLL LLC where he shares the Skills for Critical Readiness in the Outdoors and Life-sustaining Lessons.

 Education/ Training/ Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security
  • Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) Course – Distinguished Honor Graduate
  • NREMT Paramedic Course
  • Wilderness EMT
  • Wilderness Medicine and CPR Instructor Certification (SOLO)
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Instructor Course
  • Total Army Instructor Training Course
  • U.S. Army Special Forces Dive Medical Technician Course
  • Civil Support Skills Course
  • FEMA ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800a and 800b
  • Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (Evaluator Certified)
  • WMD Hazmat Evidence Collection Course
  • WMD Hazardous Materials Technician Course
  • Industrial Confined Space Course
  • USASOC SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) High-Risk Course Level C
  • U.S. Army Ranger Course
  • Wilderness Survival Specialist Certification from the NH Outdoor Learning Center
  • Journeyman Certification from the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
  • Deployed to Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq with the 75th Ranger Regiment (Awarded the Combat Medical Badge and Bronze Star)
  • 2003 Review Committee for the 75th Ranger Regiment Trauma Management Team (Tactical) Ranger Medic Handbook

Travel Information: Our campus is located just outside of Brattleboro Vermont in a little town called Guilford. After you register you will receive local driving directions to our site.

Arrival and Departure: Day 1 will start at 9:00 am and run until 5:00 pm. If CPR is included, this will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Day 2 will start at 9:00 am and run until 5:00 pm.

Accommodations: If camping on-site, bring the appropriate gear to remain overnight safely and comfortably. A $25.00 camping fee is required if staying on-site. There are also plenty of lodging options located nearby.

Meals: Not provided. In order to remain on schedule, please plan on bringing your lunch with you each day.

Deposit Policy: Your spot in a class is not secured until we receive your deposit, which is 50% of the total class. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Full payment is expected 30 days prior to the course start date. If a course is already full, we will refund 100% of your deposit.

Cancellation and Refund Policies: With cancellations more than 30 days in advance of the class, the cost, less the deposit, will be refunded. With cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the class all monies are non-refundable and non-transferable. These policies reflect the fact that we do not overbook, and cancelled spaces are very difficult to fill at the last minute. If we have to cancel a class, 100% of the cost and deposit will be refunded.

Liability Release Policy: Before the start of each class, all participants are required to have signed a Liability Release form, Acknowledgement of Risk form, and Photo Release form.

Gear Loaning Policy: We don’t have much extra equipment that can be lent out. Please read the Gear List to ensure you have the right stuff.

Parking Info: There is a designated parking area at the training site. Details will be sent along with directions after you register.

Other: Please don’t bring any pets or illegal drugs.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We reserve the right to pause or stop training at any time due to factors that make the training unsafe such as inclement weather. If you have questions about the course, don’t hesitate to contact us.