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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

This two-day course teaches the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care of a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. In this Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class, course participants will learn how to assess, treat, and, when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training.

Time is the essential element distinguishing wilderness first aid from standard first aid. When calling 911 is not an immediate option, or when help could be an hour or even days away, the task of managing the injured and the ill will challenge you beyond basic first-aid knowledge, and require the skills you will learn in this course.

Long hikes, extended lengths of rivers, large expanses of ocean, and miles of asphalt may separate the patient from a medical facility. You may have to endure heat or cold, rain, wind, or darkness. The equipment needed for treatment and evacuation may have to be improvised from what is available, and communication with the “outside world” may be limited or nonexistent. Remote locations and harsh environments may require creative treatments. All these things may be a part of the world of WFA.

This course is an intensive course which offers a lot of hands-on practice through scenarios, case studies and simulations. Students will constantly be both indoors and outdoors for simulations and practice, regardless of the weather, barring severe inclement weather. Come to class prepared for the weather, as we spend a lot of time outdoors training.


Introduction Patient Care Documentation
What is Wilderness First Aid Orthopedic Injuries
Wilderness First Aid Kits Treatment Principals & Techniques
OTC Medications Chest Injuries
Patient Assessment System Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Vital Signs Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Practice Scenarios Backcountry & Sudden Illnesses
Shock & ASR Heat-Related Illnesses
CPR in Remote Settings Cold-Related Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries Lightning Safety
Suspected Spinal Injuries Altitude Illnesses
Anatomy of the Spine Bites & Stings
Case Studies Snakebites
Soft Tissue Injuries Tick Safety
Burns & Blisters Submersion Emergencies


This course is required for Boy Scouts (age 14+) and adult leaders participating in the BSA High Adventure Program (Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, Sea Base, etc.) and is also strongly recommended for Girl Scouts and adult leaders.

This wilderness first aid course meets current wilderness first aid training requirements for a variety of organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, American Camp Association and American Canoe Association and results in an American Red Cross certification which is accepted by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, & JCC; and is valid for two (2) years.

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Course Length: 
16 hours of instruction

Actual course is longer, incorporating hands-on scenarios, skills practice & activities.
Base Tuition: 

Actual course tuition may vary depending on course location, logistics and options.
Wilderness & Remote First Aid  (American Red Cross; valid 2 years)
A digital Red Cross certificate is available upon successful completion of course.
 Be at least 14 years of age.**

** The minimum age requirement to take Wilderness First Aid is 14 by the last day of the course, however younger participants may be allowed to take the course on a case-by-case basis.

 Hold current certification in Adult CPR/AED.**

** Adult CPR/AED certification must be from one of the following nationally-recognized ECC accredited organizations: American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ASHI, or ECSI.


Host this Course: 
If your organization, Troop, or crew is interested in learning more about sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course at your location, contact Megan Calon at toll free (855) 505-1700.

In order to host this course at your location, a minimum of 8-12 participants is required. The maximum may depend on location, typically ranging from 18-30.

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