Wilderness Medicine Courses

Time is the essential element distinguishing wilderness medicine from the urban prehospital care that we're used to in town. 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 additional skills that you will only learn in a wilderness medicine course.

What is Wilderness Medicine


Wilderness First AidWilderness First Aid  —  WFA

Wilderness First Aid is Center for Wilderness Safety's most popular course, creating a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry & wilderness medical care. Originally taught as 'mountain & woods first aid' in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, upon which all backcountry medicine courses are now based.

Wilderness Advanced First AidWilderness Advanced First Aid  —  WAFA

This 36-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. Normally taught over three full days, this course follows the recommended curriculum set forth by the Wilderness Medical Society, and has additional topics added to it which CWS feels are important, such as group leadership and communication.

Wilderness First ResponderWilderness First Responder  —  WFR

This intensive 72-80 hour course is specifically designed for outdoor educators, adventure guides, Search And Rescue professionals, as well as others who are in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting, or individuals who want a higher level of emergency medical training due to extended back-country trips or expeditions.

Wilderness EMT UpgradeWilderness EMT Upgrade  —  WEMT

This 5-day intensive course is designed for those holding current EMT-Basic certification (sate or National Registry), and is very fast paced. The course is will build upon the advanced knowledge of patient care of the EMT & will introduce wilderness protocols and procedures that are significantly different from those taught in urban settings.