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Instructional Workshops

Instructional Workshops for the Outdoors

The Outdoor Adventure Program offers Outdoor Leadership Experiences, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Certification to help grow student leaders from participating to leading our programs and beyond!

Outdoor Trip Leaders Photo by Kevin Soleil

Outdoor Leadership Experience Fall 2018

This course will prepare students for safe, meaningful, and transferable leadership roles in UMass Lowell’s Outdoor Adventure Programs* as well as similar outdoor venues. Throughout the course you will develop a foundational set of interpersonal, instructional and technical skills required of an effective trip leader. Students will be required to actively engage in each class either by instructing, learning, or practicing new skills. *Successful completion of this experience is very helpful but does not necessarily guarantee employment with the UMass Lowell Outdoor Adventure Program. Trip leader positions are limited and filled on an as needed basis. This program is open only to current UMass Lowell Students.

Fee: $50
Dates:

  • Course Orientation September 28, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Day Hike September 29
  • Backpacking Pre-trip Meeting October 17, 7-10 p.m.
  • Backpacking Trip October 19-21
  • Wilderness First Aid Course November 10 & 11 (Separate Fee, see below)
  • Experience Debrief November 14

Course Details: Read the course syllabus (pdf).

Register Online

Contact: Kevin Soleil by email:Kevin_Soleil@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-1932 with questions.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification or WFR - Recertification

November 10-11, 2018

The WFA course is 2 days long and teaches a basic level of first aid training in the wilderness context. This course is for those who enjoy going on short wilderness trips and are seeking to gain a better understanding of how to manage and treat a variety of medical issues in the wilderness context. Those seeking to re-certify their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) may also enroll in the course. This course is open to the public.

  • Fees: WFA Student - $150 / Non-Student - $175 (WFR Re-Certs will need to pay an additional $15 re-cert fee to SOLO, this will be discussed at the beginning of the course).
  • Lodging: $30 Optional lodging at the Recreation Center is available for the duration of the course including showers, locker, kitchen (microwave, fridge, sink) and sleeping on the floor. Accommodations will be available from 8 p.m. November 9, 2018 to 8 a.m. November 11, 2018.
  • Parking: Free street parking is available but not guaranteed. Fee parking in a nearby parking garage is also available.
  • Details:Read the course details sheet (pdf).
  • Registration: Register at CRC welcome desk or register online.
  • Course times: We will begin at 8 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. each day with a lunch break.

CPR/AED for the Lay Responder available. Instructed by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.

Contact Kevin Soleil by email:Kevin_Soleil@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-1932 with questions.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) at The Campus Recreation Center

January 12-19, 2019

The WFR course is 8-days long and takes an in-depth look at responding to medical issues and emergencies in the wilderness context. Instructors teach participants standards and skills in dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies in the wilderness context. The course includes practical application scenarios. Take it to the next wilderness medical level and get certified. No medical experience required.  This course is open to the public.

  • Fees: Student - $500 / Non-Student - $550.
  • Lodging: A number of hotels are available in the area and can be found through a simple google search. Housing in the Campus Recreation Center is available at a cost of $100 for the duration of the course. Participants will be sleeping 'camp' style, on mats and sleeping bags in a fitness studio. Food is not provided. There is a kitchenette in the facility with a refrigerator, dishes, cabinet storage, a microwave, and toaster that will be accessible to participants. A visit to a local grocery store will be arranged for those staying overnight. Participants who choose this option will also have access to the recreation center facilities for the duration of their stay (including locker rooms, showers, sauna, gyms, weight room, racquetball court, and fitness equipment).
  • Forms and Details:Please see the course details sheet. (pdf)
  • Registration: Register at CRC welcome desk or register online.

Instructed by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.

Contact Kevin Soleil by email:Kevin_Soleil@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-1932 with questions.