Wilderness First Responder SimulationWilderness First Responder is an intensive 72-80 hour course 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.

This course is designed for not only those that have next to no medical training - as well as medical professionals. The way we accomplish this is through our various well-proven teaching methods which address all levels of prior training and knowledge.

Typically taught over the course of 8 to 10 consecutive days, this format offers a comprehensive look at not only properly identifying and managing life-threatening injuries and illnesses that could appear in a wilderness setting (more than 60 minutes away from definitive care), but also incorporates a lot of hands-on skill practice, case studies, practical scenarios, evacuation planning and procedures, and other aspects of long term patient care involving wilderness context and situational awareness. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification from Center for Wilderness Safety, valid for three years.

Course Length:
72-80 hours
Hours incorporate lecture, hands-on scenarios, skills practice & activities.
Course Format:
WFR is commonly taught over 8 to 10 consecutive days. Please see below.
Courses taught over 7 or 8 consecutive days are typically 8 am - 5 pm daily, with multiple 7 pm - 10 pm.
Courses taught over 9 consecutive days often include a day off (day 5), and class is 8 am - 5 pm daily.
 Course Tuition:
$585 - $875
Actual tuition may vary depending on course location, logistics, accommodations, etc.
Wilderness First Responder  (valid 3 yrs)

  Be at least 16 years of age.**
**The minimum age requirement to take Wilderness First Responder is 16 by the last day of the course, no exceptions.

  Hold current certification in Adult CPR/AED.

Recommended For:

This comprehensive wilderness medicine course is recommended for both front- and backcountry guides, canoe and rafting guides, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, EMTs and adventure race safety personnel.

This course is strongly recommended for anybody in a position of leadership who may find themselves in a backcountry, remote, or austere environment, where help may be delayed for hours or even days.

The 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course is the industry standard for outdoor backcountry leaders. Topics covered in this course include:

IntroductionGender-Specific Injures
Abdominal TraumaHeat-Related Illnesses
Airway ManagementHygiene/Food/Water Issues
Allergies & AnaphylaxisLightning Safety
Altitude IllnessesMedical-Legal Issues
An Intro to Wilderness MedicineNorth American Snakebites
Backcountry & Sudden IllnessesOrthopedic Injuries
Basic PharmacologyOxygen Administration
Bear SafetyPatient Assessment System
Bites & StingsPatient Packaging & Lifting
Body Substance IsolationRisk Management
Burns & BlistersSearch And Rescue
Cardiac EmergenciesShock & ASR
Chest InjuriesSuspected Spinal Injuries
Cold-Related InjuriesThe Human Body (A&P)
Common Airway EmergenciesToxins & Poisons
Coping With StressTraumatic Brain Injuries
Core Concepts of the WFRVital Signs
DislocationsWater-Based Emergencies
Epinephrine Auto-InjectorsWilderness First Aid Kits
Evacuation ConsiderationsWounds & Soft Tissue Injuries

Your Wilderness First Responder certification may be renewed by taking any Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder Refresher class taught by Center for Wilderness Safety.

Criteria to Recertify:

  Current WFR certification (not expired)
  Current Adult CPR/AED certification (not expired; must be by an accredited certifying body)
  Candidates must successfully pass all practical scenarios and skills tests
  Candidates must successfully pass the written WFR exam (even if taking a WFA to recertify)

Recertification is offered to anyone who holds a current WFR certification from one of the following organizations: Center for Wilderness Safety (CWS), NOLS Wilderness Medicine (formerly WMI), Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) or Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). CWS does not recognize any other organization's "grace periods" for recertification.

Unsure if your WFR certification is accepted?
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If your organization, troop, or group is interested in learning more about sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder course at your location, contact our program office at toll free (855) 505-1700. In order to host this course at your location, a minimum of 8-12 participants is required, with maximums typically ranging from 18-30. As a course sponsor, you will be required to provide a teaching space that provides indoor for both lecture and PowerPoint, as well as outdoor accommodations for skills practice, scenarios, and more. 

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ALL COURSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED through November 2020. Need to reach us? Email office@wildsafe.org.