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Wilderness First Aid - WFA

First Aid

An approved Scouts BSA Wilderness First Aid program for High Adventure bases like Philmont and Northern Tier, this two-day certification course teaches participants the assessment of, and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote or sometimes austere environment. Participants learn how to assess, treat, manage and when possible, prevent both common and life-threatening emergencies that occur in the backcountry where help may be delayed for hours or even days.

Wilderness First Aid Afloat - WFAA

First Aid Afloat

This two and a half day Wilderness First Aid Afloat course teaches participants the assessment of, and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote and often times, cold, wet environment. In this type of setting, access to definitive care such as a hospital or clinic, as well as emergency transport may delayed for hours or even days. Course participants will learn how to assess, treat, and when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training – pertaining most specifically to water-related emergencies.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Normally taught over three or four full days, this 40-hour class is offers a more thorough discussion of a larger variety of topics and more hands-on practice for students than a typical wilderness first aid class.

In addition to the recommended curriculum set forth by the Wilderness Medical Society, this course offers additional topics which CWS feels are important, such as group leadership and communication.

Wilderness First Responder

First Responder

Wilderness First Responder is an intensive 80-hour course, and is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers.

Our curriculum encompasses a range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, reducing common dislocations, patient packaging, and medication administration. You will spend more than half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios, including several full-scale mock rescues.

Calling All Boaters & Kayakers

CWS is excited to announce that we'll soon be offering a NEW Course: Wilderness First Aid Afloat. Based upon our current WFA course, this 25-hour hands-on training focuses solely on emergencies which take place while in a boating & paddling environment. Stay tuned!



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About Center for Wilderness Safety…

Center for Wilderness Safety is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that specializes in wilderness & remote medicine education and training. For over fifteen years, CWS has been one of the predominant programs in the field of wilderness medicine, offering courses such as Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, WEMT, and more. CWS is a nonprofit partner of the Wilderness Medical Society, and is an ACA and BSA approved provider of wilderness medicine programs.

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