GOPC is proud to partner with MEDIC SOLO, offering top-rated Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification courses.  To help you, your friends and families be as safe as possible when adventuring, we sponsor some of the costs of the WFA course resulting in course tuition 27% lower than another course out there.  Furthermore, with each class, GOPC and MEDIC donate 10% of course proceeds to nonprofit organizations locally in our communities.

Who: For adults and focused youths ages 12+ with solid attention spans – know your young adults are safe!
What: Hands-on learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival. Earn the SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the ACA, BSA, GS-USA, BCUNA & more.
No prerequisites. More info: www.solowfa.com or 434-INJURED (434-465-8733)
When &Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of January 6)………………………. January 7 – 8, 2017
Where:Norfolk, VA*….……..…..……………………….……………..…………………………. January 14-15
Chattanooga, TN………..…..………….……….……………..…………………………. January 28-29
Charlotte, NC*….…..…..……………………….……………..…………………………. March 11-12
Washington, DC…….…..……………………….……………..…………………………. March 18-19
Virginia Beach, VA*…………………………….……………..…………………………. March 25-26
Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of April 14)………………………… April 15-16
Blacksburg, VA*.…..…..……………………….……………..…………………………. April 22-23
Triangle area, NC (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill / Greenville)*……………….. May 13-14
Washington, DC…….…..……………………….……………..…………………………. May 20-21
Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of May 26)………………………… May 27-28 or 29
Richmond, VA*……..…..……………………….……………..…………………………. June 3 – 4
Triad area, NC (Greensboro / Winston Salem)*…………..…………………………. June 10-11
Virginia Beach, VA*…………………………….……………..…………………………. June 24-25
Charlottesville, VA*…………………………….……………..…………………………. July (dates TBA)
Scenic Riverside (free camping avail.), Fredericksburg, VA (near DC)*………. July 15-16
Mountain-top Weekend Retreat near Blacksburg, VA* (cabins $9/bed avail.) Sep. 2 – 4
Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, the Friday eve just beforehand)……….. Sep. or Oct. (TBA)
Washington, DC…….…..……………………….……………..…………………………. Nov. 11-12
Why: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience – a most powerful learning tool – during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. 8:30am – 6:30pm both days, you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence.
Topics: • Beyond the ‘Golden Hour’: wilderness/disaster/remote travel injury challenges & long-term patient care
• Patient Assessment System: thorough patient exam, treatment, monitoring, safety, & documentation
• Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management
• Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, and Brain
• Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputations, Punctures, Impalements, Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections
• Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival
• Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain and Heart Problems
• Patient Movement: Clearing a spine for movement; pre- and post-evacuation treatment
Cost: $185 (advance registration online required) for the 2-day dtWFA
*Charity: GOPC will choose and donate to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations 10% of course proceeds
Signup: Spaces limited. Register at www.solowfa.com