Wilderness First Aid

This two-day wilderness first aid course teaches participants the assessment of, and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote or sometimes austere 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.

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 wilderness first aid.

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. 

Course Length:
16 hours of instruction
Actual course is longer, incorporating hands-on scenarios, skills practice & activities.
Course Format:
Typically taught over two consecutive (weekend) days; 8:00 am - 6:30 or 7 pm both days.
This course may also be taught over three consecutive days and weekdays upon request.
Course Tuition:
$199 – $249
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. No online-only certifications are accepted.
  Complete the Two Required Forms (waiver + medical form) and Upload your Current CPR/AED Certificate at least 24 hours prior to class.**
**All Prerequisites MUST be Completed At Least 24 Hours Prior to the Course Start Date (if a course starts on Saturday, they are due the Thursday before at Midnight). Failure to do so may result in not being permitted to attend, and no refunds will be given. ACCESS TO THESE WILL BE GRANTED IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL UPON REGISTRATION.
Recommended For:

This introductory wilderness medicine course is recommended for everyone age 14 and up. It is strongly recommended for anyone who spends any amount of time in the great outdoors, including "weekend warriors" Scouting and youth program leaders, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, canoe & rafting trip guides, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.

The 16 to 20-hour Wilderness First Aid course includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as reduction of dislocations and epinephrine administration.

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 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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If your organization, Troop, or crew is interested in learning more about sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course at your location, contact our admissions office 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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  1. Brian Regan March 31, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    This was the BEST wilderness first aid class I’ve ever taken. I took one with NOLS which was pretty good, then took one with some outfit in Alexandria (wfa dot net?); they were absolutely horrible… Then I took it with you all. I’ll be sticking with you guys for my next class. The instructor was passionate, funny, really knew his stuff, and obviously had experience in the field. Great program – would recommend to all Scout leaders and outdoorsy folks! Thanks again!