Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$170 to $510

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Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two or two and a half days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

Course Policies
Please review our policies including cancellation policies, attendance requirements, minimum age requirements, and more. 

Additional Details

Academic Credit (Learn more)
This course is approved for 1 college credit through the University of Utah and 0.5 college credit through Western Colorado University.
 

Course Approval
This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. Additionally, the Wilderness First Aid course (WILDMI-554), and when included the CPR/AED course (WILDMI-134), are approved by the United States Coast Guard to meet the first aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1)(ii) and 46 CFR 11.201(i)(2)(iiI) for a merchant mariner credential.

Course Dates

145 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Rastila Camping, Helsinki, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Mar 5, 2021 –
Mar 7, 2021

TBA

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Mar 6, 2021 –
Mar 7, 2021

$250

2 spaces Enroll Now

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Mar 6, 2021 –
Mar 7, 2021

$255 to $285

Arcata, CA
The Trustees of the CSU, on behalf of Humboldt State University

Mar 6, 2021 –
Mar 7, 2021

$195 to $225

Harrisonburg, VA
Camp Horizons

Mar 13, 2021 –
Mar 14, 2021

$250

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Mar 13, 2021 –
Mar 14, 2021

$245 to $275

Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Adventure Center

Mar 13, 2021 –
Mar 14, 2021

$250

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Rastila Camping, Helsinki, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Mar 19, 2021 –
Mar 21, 2021

TBA

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Mar 20, 2021 –
Mar 21, 2021

$245 to $275

Greenville, SC
North Greenville University

Mar 20, 2021 –
Mar 21, 2021

TBA

Värmdö, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Mar 26, 2021 –
Mar 28, 2021

$510

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Mar 27, 2021 –
Mar 28, 2021

$260 to $290

Fayetteville, AR
37 North Expeditions

Mar 27, 2021 –
Mar 28, 2021

$250

Cedar Creek, TX
REI Outdoor School

Mar 27, 2021 –
Mar 28, 2021

$245 to $275

Parkton, MD
REI Outdoor School

Apr 3, 2021 –
Apr 4, 2021

$275 to $305

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Apr 3, 2021 –
Apr 4, 2021

$245

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Ventura, CA
REI Outdoor School

Apr 3, 2021 –
Apr 4, 2021

$245 to $275

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Knoxville, TN
University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

TBA

Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

$220 to $250

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Golden, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Apr 15, 2021 –
Apr 16, 2021

$265

4 spaces Enroll Now

Spokane, WA
Saint George's School

Apr 16, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

TBA

Bowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$250

Madison, WI
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$275

Johnson, VT
Northern Vermont University

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$245

4 spaces Enroll Now

Centennial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$245 to $275

Austin, TX
REI Outdoor School

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$245 to $275

Boone, NC
Mountain Alliance

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$200 to $240

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$255 to $285

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Apr 17, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

$245 to $275

Gardiner, MT
Yellowstone Forever

Apr 20, 2021 –
Apr 21, 2021

$300

Grand Marais, MN
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

Apr 22, 2021 –
Apr 23, 2021

TBA

Kuopio, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Apr 23, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

TBA

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Moscow, TN
Pinecrest Camp

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

$240 to $260

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

$295 to $325

Cullowhee, NC
Jackson County Parks and Recreation

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

TBA

Grand Marais, MN
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

Apr 24, 2021 –
Apr 25, 2021

TBA

Flåm, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Apr 30, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

TBA

Cumming, GA
REI Outdoor School

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$245 to $275

Abingdon, VA
Southwest Virginia 4-H Center

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

TBA

Bentonville, AR
37 North Expeditions

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$289

Portland, OR
Post 58

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$170 to $260

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Winona, MN
Global Treks And Adventures

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$315

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$245 to $275

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$245 to $275

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

$245

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

May 8, 2021 –
May 9, 2021

$245 to $275

Austin, TX
REI Outdoor School

May 8, 2021 –
May 9, 2021

$245 to $275

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

May 8, 2021 –
May 9, 2021

$245 to $275

Parkton, MD
REI Outdoor School

May 8, 2021 –
May 9, 2021

$275 to $305

Jacksonville, AL
Jacksonville State University

May 12, 2021 –
May 13, 2021

$200 to $250

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$245 to $275

Ojai, CA
REI Outdoor School

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$245 to $275

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$250

Berkeley, CA
Cal Adventures

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$250

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$245 to $275

Bozeman, MT
Crossing Latitudes

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$270

Dubois, WY
SOAR

May 20, 2021 –
May 21, 2021

$250

Medelfors Folkhögskola, Skellefteå, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

May 21, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

TBA

Asheville, NC
Landmark Learning

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$240

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$255 to $285

Lake City, CO
Sky Ranch at Ute Trail, Inc

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

TBA

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$245 to $275

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$245 to $275

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$295 to $325

Pullman, WA
Washington State University

May 22, 2021 –
May 23, 2021

$200 to $275

Granby, CO
Camp Chief Ouray

May 25, 2021 –
May 26, 2021

TBA

Lindholmen, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

May 28, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

TBA

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$245 to $275

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$280

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Thoreau, NM
Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$399

Austin, TX
REI Outdoor School

May 29, 2021 –
May 30, 2021

$245 to $275

Golden, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Jun 3, 2021 –
Jun 4, 2021

$265

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Jun 5, 2021 –
Jun 6, 2021

$250

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Sheridan, WY
Sheridan Area Search and Rescue

Jun 5, 2021 –
Jun 6, 2021

TBA

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Jun 5, 2021 –
Jun 6, 2021

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jun 12, 2021 –
Jun 13, 2021

$245 to $275

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 12, 2021 –
Jun 13, 2021

$250

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Jun 12, 2021 –
Jun 13, 2021

$275 to $305

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 12, 2021 –
Jun 13, 2021

$245 to $275

Stanley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 15, 2021 –
Jun 16, 2021

TBA

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Jun 19, 2021 –
Jun 20, 2021

$295 to $325

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Jun 19, 2021 –
Jun 20, 2021

$245 to $275

STF Saltoluokta Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 20, 2021 –
Jun 23, 2021

TBA

Austin, TX
University of Texas at Austin

Jun 23, 2021 –
Jun 25, 2021

$325

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$255 to $285

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

Ogden, UT
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$250

STF Abisko Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 27, 2021 –
Jun 29, 2021

TBA

STF Grövelsjön Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jul 2, 2021 –
Jul 4, 2021

TBA

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Jul 17, 2021 –
Jul 18, 2021

$245 to $275

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

Jul 20, 2021 –
Jul 21, 2021

$255 to $285

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$245 to $275

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$295 to $325

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$245 to $275

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$295 to $325

Carbondale, CO
Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug 9, 2021 –
Aug 10, 2021

TBA

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 14, 2021 –
Aug 15, 2021

$250

Los Olivos, CA
Dunn School

Aug 20, 2021 –
Aug 21, 2021

$250

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 21, 2021 –
Aug 22, 2021

$245 to $275

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 21, 2021 –
Aug 22, 2021

$245 to $275

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 10, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

TBA

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Ojai, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$275 to $305

Kobarid, Slovenia
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 17, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$450

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 17, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

TBA

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$245 to $275

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$255 to $285

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$295 to $325

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$245

Cumming, GA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$245 to $275

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$245 to $275

Peekskill, NY
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

TBA

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Oct 16, 2021 –
Oct 17, 2021

TBA

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 16, 2021 –
Oct 17, 2021

$245 to $275

Parkton, MD
REI Outdoor School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

$275 to $305

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

$245 to $275

Simpsonville, SC
Trail Blazer Survival School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

TBA

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 25, 2021 –
Oct 27, 2021

$500

Fort Snelling, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 30, 2021 –
Oct 31, 2021

$245 to $275

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

Chattanooga, TN
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Miami, FL
University of Miami

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Humak Nurmijärvi, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 10, 2021 –
Nov 12, 2021

TBA

Airway Heights, WA
Spokane County Fire District 10

Nov 13, 2021 –
Nov 14, 2021

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Nov 13, 2021 –
Nov 14, 2021

$250 to $280

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

$275 to $305

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

$295 to $325

Syöte, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 26, 2021 –
Nov 28, 2021

TBA

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

TBA

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Dec 11, 2021 –
Dec 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 11, 2021 –
Dec 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Topics Covered

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures
  • CPR (on some courses)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits

Financial aid & Scholarships

NOLS supports a variety of outside financial aid options:

  • AmeriCorps
  • 529 College Savings Plans
  • Veteran's Benefits (In Wyoming only)

If you are fluent in American Sign Language or Signed Exact English, you may be eligible to receive a full scholarship to your wilderness medicine course. 

 

"The staff was excellent, very knowledgeable, professional, and personable...with good communication skills. Handled and answered our questions well. The course gave real life examples of how to handle injuries in the wilderness."

Keep Your Certification Current

To keep up on your WFA certification, retake the course after two years.

 

Recertifying Other Certifications

The WFA may also be used to recertify your Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder and the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT certification. If you're using the WFA to recertify, you'll need to pass both a written and a practical examination.