Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

This is the industry-standard certification for outdoor professionals.

SOLO Southeast’s Wilderness First Responder is a 9-day comprehensive course that teaches students to assess and treat injuries and illnesses in the wild. This course also covers the standards of backcountry and front country medicine.

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the recognized standard for outdoor professionals: backcountry trip leaders, expedition guides, camp staff, field researchers, and students in outdoor recreational programs. Curriculum includes training for urban and wilderness situations.

During the course, we will addresses environmental emergencies, survival skills, injuries, medical emergencies, decision-making, and much more. CPR + AED and Epi Auto Injector certifications are also included. Rescue scenarios are staged in wilderness settings (like the Appalachian Trail and Nantahala River) and during the night to make this a course like no other. Students that complete the course and pass the exam will obtain a three-year certification.

Bryson City Lodging: Available through NOC
Bryson City Meals: Available through NOC’s Restaurants

Recommended For: Backcountry Trip Leaders, Camp Counselors, River Guides, Ski Patrollers, students in Outdoor Recreation Programs

Certifications Received:

  • 3-Year SOLO Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • 2-Year ASHI CPR & AED Certification
  • 2-Year ASHI Epi Auto Injector Certification

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Courses Dates

Wilderness First Responder Aug 10th - 18th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $850
Wilderness First Responder Sep 7th - 15th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $850
Wilderness First Responder Oct 19th - 27th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $850
Wilderness First Responder Nov 9th - 17th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $850
Wilderness First Responder Dec 7th - 15th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $850

SOLO Southeast Reviews

"I've been a participant and a host of WFA and WFR classes for 20 years, and SOLO Southeast is by far the best company to work with. The teachers are confident and knowledgeable, and the administrators are kind and easy to work with." -Kyndra Luce, Famous Adventures

"Randy is an absolutely phenomenal instructor, his passion for teaching is evident and translated in the quality of his instruction." - Former WFR Student

"Good mix between scenarios and classroom instruction. Great organization of class materials and great interaction with students." - Former SOLO Student

"This was my second full WFR and I was glad to have done the full course. The instructors made the course both engaging and relevant. Whenever questions came up they were able to pull from a wealth of knowledge and bring real-life context to their answers. I particularly appreciated how nuanced many of their answers were. They rarely spoke in absolutes and balanced their responses with references to the changing understanding in the industry." - Russell Hobart, Assistant Director of Climbing Programs, UNC Chapel Hill


What You'll Learn

  • Patient Assessment
  • Treatment of Common Injuries
  • Treatment of Medical Emergencies
  • CPR + AED
  • EPI Auto Injector
  • Basic Wilderness Survival Skills
  • Introduction to Rescue and Evacuation

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What To Expect

  • This course takes place at our SOLO Southeast classroom located on NOC’s main campus outside of Bryson City, NC. Course check-in will be at 8:00am. Students can plan to spend 8-10 hours/day in the course with breaks for meals. This course provides both hands-on and classroom-style training. We will have both indoor and outdoor scenarios, so dressing appropriately for the weather is a necessity.

    • Day 7 or 8 will include several hours of class after dinner. The class will total to over 70 hours of instruction.
    • This hands-on course does require some strength and physical contact with other members of the class.
    • There is occasional homework to be completed outside of class.

What's Included

  • 3-Year SOLO Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • 2-Year ASHI CPR & AED Certification
  • 2-Year ASHI Epi Auto Injector Certification
  • Textbook

Packing List


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NOC provides the primary gear needed for each course. Students should plan to have seasonally appropriate clothing, as we will spend a significant amount of time outside. Please look at zip code 28713 for packing.

Necessary Items

  • Backpack
  • Rain gear
  • Layers of clothing
  • Hat
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Wrist watch
  • Pen and notepad
  • Sleeping bag or blanket*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Small tarp, rain fly, or ground sheet*
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle (at least 1 quart)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Small personal first aid kit

*Paddlers might bring gear that they would be likely to have on the river (PFD, float bags, etc)

During rafting season (March – October), students may spend a half day on the Nantahala River (rafting is not a guaranteed part of this program). For these months, please bring the following:

  • River appropriate clothing
  • Shoes that fasten securly to feet (no flip-flops)


  • Students must be at least 16 years of age to take this course.

  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


Food & Drink


NOC’s Main Campus outside of Bryson City, NC is home to two onsite restaurants. Hours vary seasonally. View hours for River’s End Restaurant and Big Wesser Riverside Pub. Snacks are available for purchase at the General Store. Students in this program will receive a discount card for use at NOC’s restaurants during the course.




NOC offers several different lodging options on our Main Campus. Our most popular for this course is our Shared Basecamp Lodging where you would be in a room with other participants in the course. Student’s receive a discounted rate on lodging. Please call to inquire.

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