Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$190 to $550

See Dates

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

182 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Västerås, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

May 23, 2022 –
May 24, 2022

TBA

Flathead Lake, MT
Idaho Rescue Training

May 24, 2022 –
May 25, 2022

$265

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

May 26, 2022 –
May 27, 2022

$275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Midwest

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$280 to $310

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Asheville, NC
Landmark Learning

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$260

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$290

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Great Falls, VA
REI Mid-Atlantic

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$325 to $355

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$280 to $310

5 spaces Enroll Now

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$275 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Cedar Creek, TX
REI Southwest

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$299 to $329

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Experiences

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Norrköping, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 1, 2022 –
Jun 3, 2022

TBA

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$280 to $310

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Longville, MN
Camp Olson YMCA

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$190 to $240

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$260 to $290

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$299 to $329

Southfields, NY
REI Tri-State

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$355 to $385

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$250

1 space Enroll Now

Fort Collins, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$295 to $325

1 space Enroll Now

Buxton, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Roanoke, VA
Roanoke Parks And Recreation

Jun 4, 2022 –
Jun 5, 2022

TBA

Long Creek, SC
Wildwater, Ltd.

Jun 7, 2022 –
Jun 8, 2022

$225

Stanley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 9, 2022 –
Jun 10, 2022

$265

2 spaces Enroll Now

Bozeman, MT
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 9, 2022 –
Jun 10, 2022

$225

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Centennial, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$295 to $325

Blairstown, NJ
REI Tri-State

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$355 to $385

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Bentonville, AR
37 North Expeditions

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$379

1 space Enroll Now

Sun Valley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$265

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Jun 11, 2022 –
Jun 12, 2022

$325 to $355

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jun 14, 2022 –
Jun 15, 2022

$265 to $295

5 spaces Enroll Now

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Jun 16, 2022 –
Jun 17, 2022

$275

STF Abisko Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 17, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

TBA

Pasadena, CA
REI Southern California

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$325 to $355

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Accokeek, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$325 to $355

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$299 to $329

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$280 to $310

5 spaces Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$275 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Ogden, UT
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 18, 2022 –
Jun 19, 2022

$265

Glencoe, IL
REI Midwest

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$280 to $310

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$295 to $325

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

STF Saltoluokta Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 28, 2022

TBA

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$265

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$325 to $355

5 spaces Enroll Now

Roswell, GA
REI Southeast

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$265 to $295

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$275 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

East Hanover, NJ
REI Tri-State

Jun 25, 2022 –
Jun 26, 2022

$335 to $365

STF Grövelsjön Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jul 1, 2022 –
Jul 3, 2022

TBA

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Jul 8, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

TBA

Palo Alto, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jul 9, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

$275 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Jul 9, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

$299 to $329

Fort Collins, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Jul 9, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

$295 to $325

Glencoe, IL
REI Midwest

Jul 9, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

$280 to $310

Buxton, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Jul 9, 2022 –
Jul 10, 2022

$265 to $295

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Jul 15, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

TBA

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$265 to $295

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$275 to $295

3 spaces Enroll Now

Lincoln, MA
REI Northeast

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$265 to $295

Accokeek, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$325 to $355

Sylva, NC
Landmark Learning

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$260 to $290

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$325 to $355

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Jul 16, 2022 –
Jul 17, 2022

$355 to $385

Glencoe, IL
REI Midwest

Jul 19, 2022 –
Jul 20, 2022

$280 to $310

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jul 19, 2022 –
Jul 20, 2022

$265 to $295

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Jul 23, 2022 –
Jul 24, 2022

$295 to $325

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jul 23, 2022 –
Jul 24, 2022

$275 to $295

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Jul 23, 2022 –
Jul 24, 2022

$280 to $310

Blairstown, NJ
REI Tri-State

Jul 23, 2022 –
Jul 24, 2022

$355 to $385

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Jul 30, 2022 –
Jul 31, 2022

$275 to $295

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Jul 30, 2022 –
Jul 31, 2022

$270

Pittsburgh, PA
REI Mid-Atlantic

Jul 30, 2022 –
Jul 31, 2022

$265 to $295

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jul 30, 2022 –
Jul 31, 2022

$265 to $295

Roswell, GA
REI Southeast

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$265 to $295

Fountain, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$295 to $325

Palo Alto, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$275 to $295

Baltimore, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$325 to $355

Glencoe, IL
REI Midwest

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$280 to $310

Pomona, NY
REI Tri-State

Aug 6, 2022 –
Aug 7, 2022

$355 to $385

Carbondale, CO
Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug 8, 2022 –
Aug 9, 2022

$300

Norrköping, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Aug 9, 2022 –
Aug 11, 2022

TBA

Los Olivos, CA
Dunn School

Aug 11, 2022 –
Aug 12, 2022

TBA

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Aug 13, 2022 –
Aug 14, 2022

$325 to $355

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Aug 13, 2022 –
Aug 14, 2022

$280 to $310

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Aug 13, 2022 –
Aug 14, 2022

$265 to $295

McCall, ID
McCall Outdoor Science School

Aug 15, 2022 –
Aug 16, 2022

$244

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 16, 2022 –
Aug 17, 2022

$265

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 20, 2022 –
Aug 21, 2022

$265

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Aug 20, 2022 –
Aug 21, 2022

$275 to $295

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Aug 20, 2022 –
Aug 21, 2022

$295 to $325

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Aug 20, 2022 –
Aug 21, 2022

$265 to $295

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 22, 2022 –
Aug 23, 2022

$265

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Aug 27, 2022 –
Aug 28, 2022

$265 to $295

Southfields, NY
REI Tri-State

Aug 27, 2022 –
Aug 28, 2022

$355 to $385

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Sep 3, 2022 –
Sep 4, 2022

$295 to $325

Palo Alto, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Sep 3, 2022 –
Sep 4, 2022

$265 to $295

Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Sep 8, 2022 –
Sep 9, 2022

TBA

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$255

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

TBA

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$280 to $310

Pittsburgh, PA
REI Mid-Atlantic

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Triangle, VA
REI Mid-Atlantic

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$325 to $355

Riverside, CA
REI Southern California

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$325 to $355

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Sep 10, 2022 –
Sep 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Sep 17, 2022 –
Sep 18, 2022

$265 to $295

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Sep 17, 2022 –
Sep 18, 2022

$295 to $325

Lincoln, MA
REI Northeast

Sep 17, 2022 –
Sep 18, 2022

$265 to $295

Lincoln, MA
REI Northeast

Sep 17, 2022 –
Sep 18, 2022

$265 to $295

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Sep 17, 2022 –
Sep 18, 2022

$325 to $355

Waycross, GA
Okefenokee Swamp Park

Sep 24, 2022 –
Sep 25, 2022

TBA

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Southern California

Sep 24, 2022 –
Sep 25, 2022

$325 to $355

Blairstown, NJ
REI Tri-State

Sep 24, 2022 –
Sep 25, 2022

$355 to $385

Sylva, NC
Landmark Learning

Sep 24, 2022 –
Sep 25, 2022

$260 to $290

Kobarid, Slovenia
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 3, 2022

$525

Fawnskin, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$325 to $355

Cumming, GA
REI Southeast

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$265 to $295

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$265 to $295

Goodyear, AZ
REI Southwest

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$265 to $295

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Midwest

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$280 to $310

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$355 to $385

Jonsered, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 7, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

TBA

Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$240 to $280

Parkton, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$325 to $355

Centennial, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$295 to $325

Union, SC
Trail Blazer Survival School

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

TBA

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$265 to $295

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$355 to $385

Palo Alto, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$265 to $295

Portland, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$265 to $295

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$325 to $355

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

TBA

Great Falls, VA
REI Mid-Atlantic

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$325 to $355

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$265 to $295

Fort Collins, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$295 to $325

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$325 to $355

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$280 to $310

Phoenix, AZ
REI Southwest

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$265 to $295

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 28, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$550

East Hanover, NJ
REI Tri-State

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$355 to $385

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$325 to $355

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

TBA

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$280 to $310

,

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

TBA

Yucca Valley, CA
Mountain Rescue Institute

Nov 3, 2022 –
Nov 4, 2022

TBA

Pudasjärvi, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 4, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

TBA

Portland, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$265 to $295

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$295 to $325

Pueblo, CO
Colorado State University Pueblo

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

TBA

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$265 to $295

Bentonville, AR
37 North Expeditions

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

TBA

Madison, WI
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$280

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$265 to $295

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$265 to $295

Golden, CO
Colorado School of Mines Outdoor Recreation Center

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$245

Baltimore, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$325 to $355

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$355 to $385

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$325 to $355

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$265 to $295

Sylva, NC
Landmark Learning

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$260 to $290

Goodyear, AZ
REI Southwest

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$265 to $295

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$265 to $295

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Nov 19, 2022 –
Nov 20, 2022

$295 to $325

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$325 to $355

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$265 to $295

Asheville, NC
REI Southeast

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$265 to $295

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$280

Brooklyn, NY
REI Tri-State

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$355 to $385

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Midwest

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$280 to $310

Portland, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$265 to $295

Centennial, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$295 to $325

San Diego, CA
REI Southern California

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$325 to $355

Phoenix, AZ
REI Southwest

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$265 to $295

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

TBA

Accokeek, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$325 to $355

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$280 to $310

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$295 to $325

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$265 to $295

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

May 27, 2023 –
May 28, 2023

TBA

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.