Course Types

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed for those who travel, play and work outside the typical 911 response time. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom style 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 to make sound decisions and provide medical care in emergency situations.

WFA course are taught in two days (two and a half days with CPR) from 8-5 each day. Most classes are held on weekends. Class size is generally limited to 15 or less. Learning takes place in both a classroom style environment and an outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Courses are generally held at group campsites with the option to show up the night before class begins, and to stay the evening after it is over. See individual course descriptions for specific information.

Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be at least 16 years old to attend this course.

Schedule: View the Wilderness First Aid Course Schedule

Certification: Successful course completion earns you a National Outdoor Leadership Wilderness Medicine Institute First Aid certification. If taught with CPR,  you will also earn a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification. Both certifications are current for two years.

Recertification: This course may also be used to recertify WMI Wilderness First Responder and WMI Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. Participants using the WFA to recertify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical examination.

Approvals and Continuing Education: This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirement. This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to render aid and make critical medical and evacuation decisions in truly remote locations. Covering more topics and going deeper than a WFA, the WFR is the benchmark certification in wilderness medicine. During the in-depth, intense 80 hour course, classroom style 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.

Taught in a 10 day format (with a rest day on day 6 typically), from 8-5 daily with an hour for lunch, most WFR courses are held in an urban classroom environment with access to the outdoors for scenarios and skills training. Learning takes place both in a classroom environment and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be at least 16 years old to attend this course.

Schedule: Wilderness First Responder courses are taught on a per contract basis to groups of 15 or larger. Please contact us directly if you are interested in attending or setting up a WFR course.

Certification: Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. Successful course completion earns you a National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute Adult & Child CPR certification and a National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.

Continuing Education Units: This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).