The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Become a Qualified First Aider & comply with legal provision: Occupational Safety & Health Act
- Demonstrate a systematic method of scene size-up and patient assessment.
- Understand the physiology and pathophysiology of critical body systems.
- Demonstrate Basic Life Support Skills including CPR, Rescue Breathing, AED use, hemorrhagic bleeding control and the management of airway obstructions.
- Provide life support and first aid in low resource, remote environments where access to professional medical assistance may be delayed
- Understand and apply Wilderness Medical Associates’ wilderness protocols
- Coordinate and manage teams for medics, responders, first aiders and rescuers.
- Use advanced equipment such as Airway adjuncts, Oxygen Therapy set, Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM) and AED.
- Render First Aid in emergency situations including those involving traumatic or medical methods of injury.
Volunteers / Professionals Previous attendees include:
- Outdoor professionals, trip leaders and guides
- Expedition directors and leaders
- Camp staff
- Expedition / camp medics
- Medical professionals
- SRT & other rescue professionals
This course is presented in approximately 72 hours over 8 days. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.
Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years. The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.
Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course. Options include the Bridge (WAFA to WFR), Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or the Open Recertification course.
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
- Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
- The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
- Wilderness Medicine Workbook;
- Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
- SOAP Notebook
Please bring with you:
- A raincoat. We will spend sometime outdoors regardless of weather.
- A notebook and pens, or a laptop or tablet.
- A change of clothes that can be cut or stained.
- A watch with a second hand.
- Mosquito repellant and sunscreen.
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.