Student Testimonies

Every day CWS alumni use the skills learned here to save lives, educate others, and to help their communities. Our courses are taught by some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in the field. Anyone can memorize a presentation, but it takes true professionals to convey information in a manner that makes class fun, engaging, and will truly help you learn (and not just memorize) the materials and skills necessary to help in an emergency.

Read what some of our alums have to say about our training programs!

5 star review  Totally hands on training. Good knowledgeable staff and fun

Lola Arjona Avatar Lola Arjona
November 28, 2016

5 star review  Stop what you are doing! The internet will still be here later. Go sign up to get certified in CPR or First Aid, or buy the necessary supplies to maintain a well stocked First Aid Kit in your home, car or camping gear. If you have questions, their online help chat will answer them for you. Now you may go back to the cat memes and shared recipes, knowing full well that you now know how to help yourself and others in a real emergency.

George Costigan Avatar George Costigan
May 2, 2017

5 star review  My kids and I have taken classes there for three years and we always have a blast. They are disappointed their certifications last so long because they want to go again just because they're so much fun. I feel better as a mom knowing that my daughters know what to do in an emergency.

Kathy Phillips Avatar Kathy Phillips
March 24, 2014

5 star review  GREAT organization! I've been taking courses and hosting courses with CWS for 6 years now and they offer AMAZING courses! Their curriculum, testing and staff are AWESOME! Definitely highly recommend them for anyone looking for training and certification in wilderness medicine.

Joseph Vulpis Avatar Joseph Vulpis
October 1, 2016

5 star review  Absolutely fantastic course. All the hands-on scenarios really bring the concepts into reality.

Jonathan McDonald Avatar Jonathan McDonald
May 5, 2017

5 star review  Boy Scout Troop 51 partnered with CWS to conduct a First Aid Merit Badge class for our Scouts and other Scouts in the area. Clif Castleman makes it a fun and active experience and does an outstanding job keeping the Scouts engaged. There was nothing boring about it. The Scouts and parents who stayed to learn along with them enjoyed the experience and learned a lot along the way.

Stephen Nicoud Avatar Stephen Nicoud
October 4, 2016

5 star review  This is not only the BEST company and instructors for your Wilderness first aid training but the ONLY place you should consider using! Don't be fooled by imposters. No one else compares.

Kat Kayakat Avatar Kat Kayakat
June 6, 2017

positive review  Just wrapped up Wilderness First Aid with Clifton and I was blown away by the content and experiential learning. Can’t wait to learn more from the Center for Wilderness Safety! There’s so much content to read in their text book and further courses to sign up for. I definitely recommend this organization to everyone!

Kelly Brown Avatar Kelly Brown
August 7, 2018

5 star review  I took their Wilderness First Responder class in July, and it was the best wilderness medicine class I've ever taken. The Instructors were awesome - they're very knowledgeable and made every effort to make the class informative and fun. I loved the realistic training scenarios, especially the chance to participate in roles that were outside my comfort zone. I strongly recommend the WFR & WFA class to others with full confidence they'll be fully satisfied. The Center for Wilderness Safety is a tremendous resource for us here in the DMV.

Corley Puckett Avatar Corley Puckett
October 4, 2016

5 star review  I'm certain everything I learned from this course will be helpful not only in my personal life but my professional one as well.

Elizabeth Ray Avatar Elizabeth Ray
January 17, 2017

5 star review  This weekend, I had an opportunity to get certified in wilderness first aid through the Center for Wilderness Safety. I cannot speak highly enough of this course, these instructors, and the curriculum. I had high expectations, and what I experienced surpassed everything I imagined. I learned so much. I got resources. I practiced skills. I played outside.I'm hoping to go for the next level soon.

Samantha Winn Avatar Samantha Winn
April 16, 2018

5 star review  What a fun way to learn to deal with very stressful situations. Lots of info and resources, tons of practice.

Patty Aitken Williamson Avatar Patty Aitken Williamson
June 9, 2014

5 star review  Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate staff. Learned so much through really applicable (and fun) group exercises.

Christina DeVera Avatar Christina DeVera
June 6, 2017

5 star review  The Center for Wilderness Safety is the best place to learn wilderness first aid in the mid-Atlantic region. Not only does the staff know everything about the most recent protocols in wilderness safety, they also know how to teach and teach well (the ratio of lecture to skills practice is superb!). The staff’s enthusiasm and dedication to making sure you leave their course with the toolbox of knowledge and confidence to act is second to none. I would, with no hesitation, recommend CWS to anyone looking to advance their skills in wilderness safety (and have already done so!).

Sara Mueller Avatar Sara Mueller
September 2, 2016

positive review  Both my son and I took the CPR/AED class followed by the Wilderness First Aid Course this past weekend in preparation for our Philmont trek next year. Great class with a great much pertinent information that was well presented. We left with a good understanding of the subject and materials for any after-class review or reference. An awesome organization that provides service beyond just the classes. We certainly will be back.

Serafin Alorro Avatar Serafin Alorro
August 7, 2018

5 star review  I loved this course. I learned some really great skills that will help me keep my scouts alive in the event of an emergency out there in the woods. I recommend this course for anyone spending time out hiking, fishing, or camping.

Anthony J LaCava Avatar Anthony J LaCava
September 1, 2016

5 star review  Such an intense and amazing course! Cliff and Jennifer were such great instructors and really made sure you were getting the most knowledge you could. I will certainly be seeing them in the future!

Lindsay Rohrbaugh Avatar Lindsay Rohrbaugh
September 2, 2016

5 star review  I have taken the Wilderness First Aid course twice. Both sessions were fantastic. As soon as I finished the first session, I knew I would be back in two years to re-up. The instructors were very knowledgeable and the materials were top notch. The best part is that it's experiential training so you go away retaining much more than death by PowerPoint. Their first aid shop is wonderful, too.

Victor Bieniek Avatar Victor Bieniek
April 18, 2018

positive review  #Wilderness #BCflorida #Adventure

Jeremiah MacGregor Avatar Jeremiah MacGregor
July 23, 2019

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