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Wilderness First Aid 2023

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What is Wilderness First Aid? A wilderness medicine course prepares you for the possibility of a backcountry emergency and is your first step toward becoming more self-sufficient outdoors. You’ll learn how to assess patients, provide effective treatment for common outdoor illnesses and injuries, and make evacuation decisions.

Upon successful completion of the in-person course, skills practice and quizzes, you will receive a 16 hr Wilderness First Aid Certification. This course is a prerequisite for many outdoor jobs and essential knowledge for anyone looking to adventure safely outside.

Our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed for the outdoor enthusiast, trip leader, raft guide, or land agency field staff who want more than what an urban first aid course provides. The WFA is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment of environmental illnesses, recognizing and stabilizing life threats caused by trauma, and calling for a rescue in the event of a wilderness emergency.

Please email with any questions or if you are a local student looking for a scholarship.

Course Overview:

This 16-hour, 2-day WFA course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine, the leading Colorado-based wilderness medicine course provider. The Nature Connection is a licensed course provider. This class teaches students the skills to anticipate risks and hazards, identify medical, traumatic, environmental problems, recognize life-threatening issues, initiate basic care and deliver a cohesive report. You will learn to think creatively, adapt to ever changing situations, and learn valuable leadership, decision making, and communication skills.

This course will focus on:

– Prevention of potential problems
– Rescuer, patient and bystander safety
– Performing a basic physical exam, identifying abnormalities and life-threatening problems, obtaining vital signs, patient history, and writing and verbalizing a report for a walk-out evacuation or hand-off
– Treatment and stabilization of emergencies, improvising splints, bleeding and wound control, management of heat and cold illnesses, hydration problems, drownings, lighting injuries, spinal cord protection, basic patient lifts and transfers
– Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and special considerations for the wilderness, Epinephrine administration, and first aid kit planning for specific activities and needs