If you plan to spend time working or playing in the backcountry then you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two and a half-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors.
Each participant must review and complete our Liability/Medical Release form prior to taking part in an activity. Minors must have a parent signature. If you would like to have a copy of this form emailed to you please contact us.
Take Your First Aid Training To The Next Level! Practical, hands-on scenarios in a realistic setting will help you gain the skills you need for your next adventure!
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
The Wilderness First Aid program is an objectives‐driven, skills‐based program. Upon completion of this program, a student must have demonstrated adequate core knowledge and skill ability. This course is designed for individuals who require or desire wilderness first aid knowledge and skills, but are not professional responders; including adventure guides, outdoor enthusiasts, camp counselors and administrators, camp participants, park and forest rangers, Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders, Merchant Mariners, and other occupations that work in a wilderness environment.
Course scenarios will take place indoors and outdoors - come prepared to work in conditions that may be wet, cold, muddy, etc
**May also be used to update or renew your Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, depending on the organization**
- Patient Assessment System
- Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures
- CPR (on some courses)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Athletic Injuries
- Fracture Management
- Cold Injuries
- Heat Illness
- Altitude Illness
- The Medical Patient
- Wilderness First Aid Kits
- The 16 to 20-hour Wilderness First Aid course includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as reduction of dislocations and epinephrine administration.
Participants who successfully complete the course and perform all skills competently and without assistance will receive a certification card from ASHI that is valid for 2 years.
- Students must be 16 years of age or older
This 2 1/2 day comprehensive course includes an afternoon session (usually 3pm-6pm, but refer to your confirmation packet for exact timing) followed by 2 full days of training (class generally runs from 9am-5pm with a 1-hour lunch break). Be prepared for indoor/outdoor classroom settings.
Lodging & Meals
Your course tuition does not include lodging or meals, unless noted. Both are available in Index for an additional fee. Local camping is also available.
Class size varies, but is generally between 10 and 15 students