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Workshops & Certifications

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 to help grow student leaders from participating to leading our programs and beyond! Most programs are also open to the public!

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification / Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course presented by SOLO Wilderness Medicine 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.

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: UMass Lowell Student - $155 / Public - $180, WFR Re-Certs will need to pay an additional $15 re-cert fee directly to SOLO. CPR Certification is available during the course at $40 additional.
  • 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.
  • 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 / Wilderness First Responder RecertificationOctober 2-3, 2021Wilderness Medicine Classes webpageWilderness First Aid / First Responder Recertification Online Registration
Photo on Wilderness Medicine training. A man lies in the grass while two people attended to him.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) at The Campus Recreation Center

January 2-9, 2022

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: UMass Lowell Student/Faculty/Staff - $550 / Public - $625. CPR Certification is available during the course at $40 additional.
  • 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).
  • 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 ResponderJanuary 2-9, 2022Wilderness Medicine Classes webpageWilderness First Responder Online Registration
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 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.