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About Us

No ambulance.  No hospital.  No helicopter.  Miles from the nearest road.  Hours, perhaps days away from help.  No rescue is coming.  What are you going to do?

Great Lakes EMS Academy and Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) have joined forces in an effort to provide Wilderness  First Aid training,  Wilderness First Responder courses, and Wilderness EMT training right here in West Michigan.

Our SOLO courses are taught at the Academy in Grand Rapids with the outdoor component staged at Pigeon Creek Park in Ottawa County, along with other beautiful wilderness venues in West Michigan.

SOLO is recognized as the oldest continuously operating school of wilderness medicine in the world.  The training that we offer can be as short as 16 hours for the avid outdoor person, or as long as 250 hours for someone interested in a wilderness career.  The Wilderness First Responder certification is the minimum training required for most occupations that would involve leading groups in the wilderness.

Who would be interested in taking a course?

  1. Avid campers, fishers, hunters, boaters or hikers.
  2. People involved in missionary work.
  3. Boy Scout leaders.
  4. Park service rangers.
  5. Any one who plans to spend time in the wilderness.
  6. Individuals concerned about zombie apocalypse.
  7. Citizens who are preparing for civil unrest or natural disasters.

Learn more about SOLO and Wilderness Medicine by clicking on the links below:
Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO)
Wilderness Medicine Newsletter
Wilderness Medicine Website