About Us


SOLO is now delivering a Colorado experience through our Managing Partner, John Dobbins (reviews).  John is a Marine Corps veteran and corporate executive who managed over 500 security personnel post 9/11.  He helped open and manage a licensed security training facility, and presented National Science Foundation research to the Society for Applied Anthropology.  John led a team to the semi-finals at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12, and he has wilderness experience in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.  

As a Wilderness EMT and SOLO Disaster Response Team Leader, John led rescue teams in the remote jungle of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and in the backcountry desert of the Grand Canyon. He brings fifteen years of military, corporate and academic experience to bear, creating an integrated approach to developmental leadership and wilderness emergency medicine.  John supplements his cadre with other SOLO instructors for medical courses and other veterans for SOLO Colorado’s leadership and survival courses.  

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This is the didactic part of our training, the traditional setting where the instructor stands before the students and gives lectures, presentations, and demonstrations, writes on chalkboards or white boards, and sometimes shows videos or PowerPoint presentations. Student participation is greatly encouraged and there is always time for lively Q & A. Hours at a desk is wearying—we punctuate the time with ample breaks.


Time is set aside during each day for the practice of specific skills—assessing a patient, building a splint, improvising a litter, etc. Typically, students break up into pairs or small groups to work on the chosen skill until everyone feels confident and comfortable. A lot of peer-to-peer learning goes on, and the instructor(s) are always rotating among the groups to offer insights, tips, and encouragement. We believe in hands-on training!


One thing that sets our training apart is the frequent use of live actors and realistic, often dramatic, situations and emergencies set up as real-life scenarios. We use the same makeup and props that Hollywood uses to make accidents and other situations look realistic as we conduct immersive training. Fake blood, broken bones, audibles and student-coaching create scenes that look and feel very real—it’s a great learning environment.


Formal assessment is part of all education, and most of our classes involve testing of some kind, from as basic as the chance to demonstrate learned skills at the end of a session, to group scenario exams, to formal written tests, and even computer-based testing (for advanced certifications). We do our best to adequately prepare our students for any testing and try to make the process as stress-free as possible. We have an excellent pass rate on all exams.

Click here to read more about our experience:  Portfolio

Click here to see our upcoming public courses: Course Schedule