Explore Uncharted Territories: Become an Austere First Responder in Kenya

Welcome to an unparalleled opportunity for adventure and learning! In January 2024, join our groundbreaking dual certification Austere First Responder & Wilderness First Responder (AFR+WFR) class in the heart of Kenya, where you will embark on a transformative journey that transcends boundaries. This program delves deeper into challenging situations – from the wilderness to areas suffering civil and political unrest and conflict, to offshore locations, developing communities, natural disaster relief zones, and terrorist attacks.

Why Choose Austere First Responder in Kenya?

Our course is designed for the bold spirits and compassionate souls, eager to make a difference in diverse and demanding environments. Kenya, with its stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures, serves as the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary experience.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Comprehensive Training: Beyond wilderness scenarios, our program covers tactical environments, civil and political unrest, conflict zones, offshore situations, disaster relief efforts, terrorist attacks, and developing communities, equipping you with a versatile skill set.

  • Global Perspective: Open to participants from any geography and background, our course fosters a rich cultural exchange, allowing you to learn from varied experiences and viewpoints.

  • Destination Learning: Immerse yourself in the heart of Africa. Experience the beauty of the Kenyan wilderness, the warmth of its people, and the thrill of exploring new horizons.

  • Affordability and Impact: For non-residents, the all-inclusive course fee is $1,500, covering accommodation (camping or shared cabins), delicious meals, and airport transfer. For local residents, the cost is 115,000 KSH. Your participation directly contributes to our ethos of knowledge dissemination, as the fees from international participants subsidize the course for locals, ensuring widespread access to vital skills.

What’s Included?

  • Expert Instruction: Learn from seasoned professionals with extensive experience in austere environments. Our instructors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and preparing you for real-world challenges.

  • Accommodation: Embrace the spirit of adventure by camping under the stars or enjoy the camaraderie in shared cabins, creating lasting memories with your fellow participants.

  • Culinary Delights: Relish the local flavors of Kenya with delicious, wholesome meals provided throughout the course.

  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local communities, gaining insights into their traditions, customs, and way of life. Forge connections that go beyond borders.

  • Airport Transfer: Hassle-free arrival and departure with our complimentary airport transfer service, ensuring your journey begins and ends smoothly.

Join Us in Making a Difference!

By enrolling in our Austere First Responder class, you’re not just investing in your skills; you’re contributing to a global network of compassionate first responders. Together, let’s prepare for the unexpected, explore the wonders of Africa, and create a positive impact in the world.

Seize this opportunity to learn, explore, and make a difference. Apply now and be a part of something truly extraordinary!

Course Overview

The authoritative austere medicine course for remote professionals and leaders who operate in low-resource, remote and other austere environments where definitive care may be severely delayed or inaccessible.

This course has no prerequisites, however requires significant prework for those with no prior medical training. Upon successful completion, participants receive certification, valid for three (3) years.

This course meets the recommended curriculum of the Wilderness Medical Education Collaborative and successful graduates will be awarded both a WFR and AFR certification.

Course Outline

Day 1:
– Welcome, registration
– General principles of the Austere Context
– Medico Legal Considerations
– Intro to exped
– General principles of Anatomy and Physiology
– Patient Assessment
– Bleeding Control
– Supplementary Oxygen and airways
– Moves, drags
– BLS Team Resus
– BLS Minicodes

Day 2:
– Secondary Assessment
– Circulatory System
– Resipiratory System
– Nervous System

Day 3:
– Spine Anatomy
– Spine Splinting
– Spine Injury Assessment
– Improvised Litters
– Improvised patient carries
– Spine mini-sim

Day 4:
– Extremity splinting
– Pelvic splinting
– Traction splints
– Dislocations
– Asthma
– Thermoregulation
– Cold Injuries

Day 5:
– MCI, Improvised patient carries
– Sim 1
– Anaphylaxis
– Sticks lab
– Wounds & Burns
– Wounds Lab

Day 6:
– Sim
– Toxins
– Ingested Toxins
– EM Rodeo
– Problems with sugar

Day 7:
– Sim
– Back Country Medicine
– Electricity & Submersion

Day 8:
– Altitude
– Avalance
– Scuba
– First Aid Kits
– Prehospital Emergency Childbirth
– Review game
– Exam


Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive an internationally recognised certification from Austere & Emergency Medicine International in Wilderness First Response (WFR) and Austere First Response (AFR), valid for three years. Re-certification can be achieved by attending a refresher course, or by completing a portfolio of ongoing learning and taking the re-certification exam.

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Eligible graduates from other wilderness medical schools may recertify their WFR with this course.

Candidates wishing to recertify must have a current AFR or WFR certification (unexpired or within the grace period of the issuing school) earned in one of the following course types:

  1. An AFR or WFR course with a minimum of 72 hours of in-person instruction,
  2. An AFR or WFR minimum 72-hour Hybrid course with a minimum of 45 hours of in-person instruction, or
  3. An AFR or WFR Recertification course with a minimum of 16 hours of in-person instruction.

To recertify, you must attend a minimum of 3 full days of the course, pass the practical assessments for BLS, Choking & Anaphylaxis, and pass the cognitive assessment.

Candidates who enroll in the recertification option are entitled and encouraged to attend 4 full days. If you wish to attend for more than 4 days, please select the “Full Course” option.

The practical assessments for BLS, Choking & Anaphylaxis take place on Day 1, but may be available on the evening of day 6 by arrangement. The cognitive assessment takes place on day 8, but may be available on the evening of day 3 by arrangement.

Location & Logistics

Dates: 14-21 January, ’24

The course starts promptly at 0830 each morning and will end around 1800 hrs. Please be prepared to commit additional time to homework and self study.

Accomodation & Catering

Course fees include accomodation, three meals per day for 8 days, tea, coffee, water, fruit and light snacks.

Check-in is Saturday 13 January (afternoon).
Check-out is Monday 22 January (morning).

Course fees exclude flights.

What to bring

Participants should bring a notepad and pen, and internet connected device.

Those attending should wear sturdy, closed toe shoes, a raincoat and clothes that are ok to get wet/dirty/ripped/stained. The temperature ranges between 6 and 25 degrees celsius.

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Partial scholarships and bursaries are available on this course. For more information:

Please select your preferred option: