Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$245 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 State 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

90 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 13, 2020 –
Aug 14, 2020

$250

McCall , ID
McCall Outdoor Science School

Aug 21, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$295 to $460.43

Bozeman, MT
Crossing Latitudes

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$260

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 24, 2020 –
Aug 25, 2020

$315

Helsinki, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Aug 28, 2020 –
Aug 30, 2020

TBA

Kiljava, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 1, 2020 –
Sep 3, 2020

TBA

Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

TBA

Flåm, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 18, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

TBA

Stranda, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 21, 2020 –
Sep 23, 2020

TBA

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

Bailey's Crossroads, VA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$250 to $280

Färgelanda, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 28, 2020 –
Sep 30, 2020

TBA

Centennial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Milford, CT
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Poynette, WI
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

TBA

Bloomington, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$250

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Stöllet, Klarälvdalen Folkhögskola, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 6, 2020 –
Oct 9, 2020

TBA

Newport Beach, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Simpsonville, SC
Trail Blazer Survival School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

TBA

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

TBA

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$250

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Oxnard, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 20, 2020 –
Oct 21, 2020

$245 to $275

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 23, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$500

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

TBA

Sacramento, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Baltimore, MD
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Syöte, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 30, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

TBA

Roanoke, VA
Roanoke Parks And Recreation

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

TBA

Bloomington, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

$245 to $275

Tacoma, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

$245 to $275

Austin, TX
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Banner Elk, NC
Lees McRae College

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

TBA

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Pueblo, CO
Colorado State University Pueblo

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

TBA

Mattapan, MA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Brooklyn, NY
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Värmdö, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 13, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

TBA

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Johnson, VT
Northern Vermont University

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245

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Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$250 to $280

Chicago, IL
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

San Pedro, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Washington, DC
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Lindholmen, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 20, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

TBA

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Montville, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245

Arcadia, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Brooklyn, NY
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Golden, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Highland Park, IL
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Terlingua , TX
Far Flung Outdoor Center

Jan 11, 2021 –
Jan 12, 2021

TBA

RealGymnasiet, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jan 13, 2021 –
Jan 15, 2021

TBA

RealGymnasiet, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jan 20, 2021 –
Jan 22, 2021

TBA

RealGymnasiet, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jan 27, 2021 –
Jan 29, 2021

TBA

Rapid City, SD
Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

Feb 13, 2021 –
Feb 15, 2021

TBA

RealGymnasiet, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Feb 15, 2021 –
Feb 17, 2021

TBA

Airway Heights, WA
Spokane County Fire District 10

Mar 20, 2021 –
Mar 21, 2021

TBA

Värmdö, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Mar 26, 2021 –
Mar 28, 2021

$510

Phillipsburg, PA
Brett Simpson

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

TBA

Golden, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Apr 15, 2021 –
Apr 16, 2021

TBA

Friluftsfrämjandet Veberöd, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Apr 16, 2021 –
Apr 18, 2021

TBA

Flåm, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Apr 30, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

TBA

Portland, OR
Post 58

May 1, 2021 –
May 2, 2021

TBA

Bozeman, MT
Crossing Latitudes

May 15, 2021 –
May 16, 2021

$270

Dubois, WY
SOAR

May 20, 2021 –
May 21, 2021

TBA

Golden, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Jun 3, 2021 –
Jun 4, 2021

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.