Instructional Workshops for the Outdoors

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

Picture of a Wilderness First Aid class emergency scenario with woman wearing gloves looking up and helping man on ground wrapped in blankets Image by SOLO Schools

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course presented by SOLO Wilderness Medicine is 2 days long (16 hours) 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. This course is open to the public. Minimum age for WFR certification is 14 years old. The nationally-recognized SOLO WFA certification lasts two years.

The SOLO WFA course may be used as a recertification for a current, unexpired SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

This course is the entry level standard for UMass Lowell Outdoor Adventure Program Assistant Trip Leaders. UMass Lowell Outdoor Adventure Program will offer this course during fall and spring semesters each year.

  • Fees: $155 UMass Lowell Student, or $180 Public.
    • Optional CPR Certification is available during the course on Saturday evening for an additional $40. (Please note: Your WFA or WFR is valid only with current CPR certification.)
    • Optional lodging is available to those 18 years and older at $30 additional (details next bullet). 
    • Recertifying? People with current WFR certification from SOLO may recertify using the WFA course and will need to pay an additional $15 re-certification fee directly to SOLO.

  • Optional Lodging: Optional on-site housing may be available in the Campus Recreation Center starting the night before the course and available at a cost of $30 for the WFA course, available to those 18 years and older. Lodging includes showers, locker, and a kitchen (microwave, fridge, sink). Participants will use sleeping bags and sleeping pads and should be prepared to sleep 'camp' style. (Please bring your own, or email: kate_ford@uml.edu to request to borrow one.) Due to COVID-19 considerations, lodgers will sleep in spread-out locations in the building. The Campus Rec Center will be open to normal users both days; lights will be on and people may be working out and using equipment in the building until closing time. Alternately, a number of hotels and off-site camping are available in the area and can be found through a google search.

  • COVID vaccination records will be required for all WFA participants.

  • 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.

  • Instructed by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.

  • Contact Kate Ford by email: Kate_Ford@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-1549 with questions.

CourseDatesCourse DetailsRegistration
Wilderness First Aid / WFR RecertificationExpected October 29-30, 2022Trip Information: Wilderness Medicine Classes webpageWilderness First Aid Oct. 29-30 Online Registration - coming soon
Wilderness First Aid / WFR recertificationDates TBD: early February, 2023 and late March, 2023Trip Information: Wilderness Medicine Classes webpageWilderness First Aid Spring dates Online Registration - coming soon
Picture of Wilderness Medicine class scenario with two people assisting an injured man in the snow laying on tarps Image by SOLO Schools

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The WFR course is 8-days long (72+ hours) is hosted by Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA) 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. Minimum age for WFR certification is 16 years old. 

  • Fees: Public - $750 / UMass Lowell Student/Faculty/Staff - $685. CPR certification is included as part of the WFR course, no additional fee required. Optional lodging is available to those 18 years and older at $120 additional (details next bullet).  Payment may be made in full upon registration, or you may choose the "Deposit + Invoice" option, in order to pay a $380 deposit now with the remainder due one month before the course start date. We will contact you directly to clarify the accurate invoice amount.

  • Optional Lodging: Optional on-site housing will be in the Campus Recreation Center starting the night before the course and available at a cost of $120 for the duration of the WFR course, available to those 18 years and older. Lodging includes showers, locker, and a kitchen (microwave, fridge, sink). Participants will use sleeping bags and sleeping pads and should be prepared to sleep 'camp' style. (Please bring your own, or email: kate_ford@uml.edu to request to borrow.) Due to COVID-19 considerations, lodgers will sleep in spread-out locations in the building. The Campus Rec Center will be open to normal users most days from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; lights will be on and people may be working out and using equipment in the building until closing time. Alternately, a number of hotels and off-site camping are available in the area and can be found through a simple google search.

  • COVID vaccination records will be required for all WFR participants.

  • 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 can be arranged for those staying overnight.

  • Instructed by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.

  • Contact Kate Ford by email: Kate_Ford@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-1549 with questions.

CourseDatesCourse DetailsRegistration
Wilderness First ResponderExpected January 9-15, 2023Trip Information: Wilderness Medicine Classes webpageWilderness First Responder Online Registration - coming soon
ACA Kayak Instruction

American Canoe Association Level 1-2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Development and Certification Workshop (IDW/ICW)

This course is an American Canoe Association Instructor Development and Certification Workshop for Level 1 and Level 2 Instructors for Essentials of Kayak Touring. This course is good for all paddlers, and especially those who will be working as kayak instructors day touring in flat and moderate conditions. This course is offered once a year in May for UMass Lowell Outdoor Adventure Program Trip Leaders and Kayak Center staff as well as open to the public.

Visit our Trips and Events Calendar webpage for events!