Wilderness First Aid Now required the Boy Scouts of America for most High Adventure treks (such as Philmont, Northern Tier & Sea Base), Wilderness First Aid training is imperative for anybody who is looking to experience outdoor adventure, giving you the knowledge and confidence to assess and manage medical emergencies when there is no help nearby. This introductory course is 16-20 hours long and is typically taught over the course of a weekend.

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Be prepared where
there's no 911...
Wilderness medicine is a rapidly evolving field that is increasingly important as large numbers of people are involved in outdoor activities for adventure, science, recreation, exploration, industry, combat, and disaster relief. For those traveling where help may be delayed for hours to days or more, having the knowledge of what to do in a remote setting can mean the difference between life and death. Literally. Sign up for a wilderness medicine class today!

Wilderness First
Responder (WFR)
An intensive 80-hour course, Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor educators, adventure guides, Search and Rescue teams, and those who are in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. The course incorporates lots of hands-on training, case studies, practical scenarios, evacuation planning and procedures, and other aspects of long-term patient care involving wilderness context and situational awareness.
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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

This 72-80 hour course is the industry standard for guides, SAR professionals, and those who are in a leadership role in the backcountry.

Normally taught over 7-9 consecutive days, WFR teaches students to become proficient as wilderness medicine providers, dealing with medical emergencies in the backcountry where help is significantly delayed.

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Now required by the Boy Scouts of America and many other outdoor organizations, this 16-hour course offers an introduction to wilderness medicine.

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Sign up for a wilderness first aid class and learn what to do in an emergency!

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Red Cross CPR + First Aid

Each year, an average of more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training.

These hands-on training courses can help you save the life of a family member, a friend, or a stranger by preparing you to correctly & confidently respond to potential life-threatening emergencies.

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Host a wilderness medicine course @ your location!

Hosting a course offers a valuable opportunity to provide high-level, specialized training to a group of staff or to known members of your professional or recreational community. Any group or organization can sponsor a course, and we'll gladly come to you!

Center for Wilderness Safety provides the instructors, all course materials, medical equipment, and student registration. Sponsors are responsible for providing a facility, outdoor/industry-specific equipment, instructor meals and accommodations. CWS shares the responsibility with the sponsor of marketing the course. LEARN MORE

From Our Alums

M. German, Mountain Rescue

This was by far the most extensive CPR and Wilderness First Aid training that I have ever had. The course was very well presented and understandable. I learned a great deal that I'll be able to use in the future in the real world and in Scouts.

L. Siegler, Boy Scout Leader

I walked out of your class feeling empowered. I learned a great deal and feel well equipped and comfortable to lead a group of 15-year-olds this summer for our teen adventure program. Overall, really impressed!

E. Batizado, Ski Patrol

I'll be quite honest with you - after going through OEC for National Ski Patrol, I wish that they'd been as thorough and in-depth as you all. Your WFR course was intense, but I learned a lot and feel even better prepared!

B. Hunter, Sierra Club

I've taken CPR & Wilderness First Aid before, but have never been in a class where I've really had fun while learning the material. I feel like I actually understand what to do in an emergency now! Many thanks for a great couple of courses!