Wilderness First Aid

Credit: William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, 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!

Dates

Dates

We found 11 courses in Texas:

2019 Dates

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Pasadena, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2019
Cedar Creek, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2019
Houston, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Seagoville, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 26 – Oct. 27, 2019
Southlake, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Houston, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
San Antonio, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Dallas, TX

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

2020 Dates

Jan. 13 – Jan. 14, 2020
Terlingua, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: Far Flung Outdoor Center

We found 27 courses in nearby states (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana):

2019 Dates

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

July 6 – July 7, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $249
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Aug. 3 – Aug. 4, 2019
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: $235
Details: The Mountain Center

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 15 – Aug. 16, 2019
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: $275
Details: Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 28 – Sept. 29, 2019
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 26 – Oct. 27, 2019
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: OMEGA

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

2020 Dates

Feb. 29 – March 1, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Albuquerque Academy

April 9 – April 10, 2020
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bondi Outdoor Leadership

June 4 – June 5, 2020
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bondi Outdoor Leadership

June 11 – June 12, 2020
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$188 to $500

Duration

16 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

1 College Credits
  • 1 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR (on some courses)

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Aid

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Various

Fly in/out

Various

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education: This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. It is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license. Learn more here.

 

Recertification Prerequisites:

Using this course to recertify? Be sure to check out our recertification policies to make sure you're eligible to refresh your certification.

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."

– WFA grad from NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

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. 

 

 

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