Wilderness First Responder

Credit: Lisa Bauer

Wilderness First Responder

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial 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!

Download the WFR course outline.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

April 24 – May 3, 2018
Conway, WA

Tuition: $795 to $925
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest
Closed to registration details

April 30 – May 9, 2018
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF
Filling fast! details

May 1 – May 10, 2018
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $770
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz
Filling fast! details

May 2 – May 11, 2018
Granby, CO

Tuition: $745 to $845
Details: Camp Chief Ouray

May 2 – May 11, 2018
Canton, MA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 4 – May 13, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $735
Details: University of Utah
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 4 – May 12, 2018
Orem, UT

Tuition: $775
Details: Utah Valley University
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 5 – May 14, 2018
Fort Snelling, MN

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $725
Details: Regis University
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $735
Details: Lewis and Clark College
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Collegedale, TN

Tuition: $735
Details: Southern Adventist University

May 13 – May 21, 2018
Boone, NC

Tuition: $500 to $725
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 14 – May 23, 2018
Golden, CO

Tuition: $675 to $725
Details: Colorado School of Mines
Filling fast! details

May 14 – May 23, 2018
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: CSU Outdoor Program
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 16 – May 25, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 16 – May 25, 2018
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

May 17 – May 25, 2018
Radford, VA

Tuition: $725 to $995
Details: Boy Scouts Of America - Blue Ridge Mountains Council

May 17 – May 26, 2018
Grand Junction, CO

Tuition: $675
Details: Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program

May 18 – May 27, 2018
San Antonio, TX

Tuition: $750
Details: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Outdoor Pursuits

May 19 – May 28, 2018
Woodland Park, CO

Tuition: $700 to $985
Details: Catamount Center

May 20 – May 28, 2018
Murfreesboro, TN

Tuition: $600 to $650
Details: Middle Tenn. State Univ. - Murfreesboro

May 21 – May 30, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

May 29 – June 7, 2018
Chico, CA

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings

May 30 – June 8, 2018
Bemidji, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Thunderbird

May 30 – June 8, 2018
Leadville, CO

Tuition: $750 to $950
Details: High Mountain Institute

June 2 – June 10, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Landmark Learning

June 4 – June 13, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

June 4 – June 13, 2018
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $725 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 11 – June 20, 2018
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: $715 to $740
Details: Grand Canyon Association Field Institute

June 13 – June 21, 2018
Olympic National Park, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Pomona, NY

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz

June 15 – June 24, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Filling fast! details

June 19 – June 28, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 24 – July 3, 2018
Newport, WA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 30 – July 8, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Greenbelt, MD

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 9 – July 18, 2018
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

July 16 – July 25, 2018
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 20 – July 29, 2018
South Holland, IL

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 27 – Aug. 5, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 27 – Aug. 5, 2018
Austin, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Texas at Austin

July 28 – Aug. 5, 2018
Batam, Indonesia

Tuition: TBA
Details: Island Connections International/Telunas Beach Resort

Aug. 3 – Aug. 12, 2018
Greeley, CO

Tuition: $650 to $700
Details: University of Northern Colorado Outdoor Pursuits

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Dahlonega, GA

Tuition: $798 to $1,894
Details: Barefoot Lodge and Hiker Hostel

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: $700
Details: Lees McRae College

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2018
Kelly, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 8 – Aug. 17, 2018
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $675 to $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug. 10 – Aug. 19, 2018
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 12 – Aug. 20, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug. 16 – Aug. 25, 2018
Friday Harbor, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Spring Street International School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 26, 2018
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $770
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz

Aug. 25 – Sept. 3, 2018
Lyons, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ryland R. Gardner

Aug. 25 – Sept. 2, 2018
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $750
Details: Brevard College

Sept. 1 – Sept. 9, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 14 – Sept. 23, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sept. 21 – Sept. 30, 2018
Raniket, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 14, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Utah

Oct. 6 – Oct. 14, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $885
Details: Landmark Learning

Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, 2018
Kandersteg, Switzerland

Tuition: $1,200
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 22 – Oct. 31, 2018
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Oct. 26 – Nov. 4, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov. 2 – Nov. 11, 2018
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 4 – Nov. 12, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $765
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Bishop, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Moab, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 10 – Nov. 19, 2018
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yellowstone Forever

Nov. 27 – Dec. 6, 2018
Midpines, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Nov. 27 – Dec. 7, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2018
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 9, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 8 – Dec. 17, 2018
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 12 – Dec. 21, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2018
Greenville, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: East Carolina University

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 15 – Dec. 23, 2018
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $745 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

Dec. 28, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

2019 Dates

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Apopka (Orlando area), FL

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Raquette Lake, NY

Tuition: TBA
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 12 – Jan. 20, 2019
Brevard, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Elon, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Elon University

Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

April 19 – April 28, 2019
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

May 6 – May 15, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 10 – May 19, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

May 18 – May 26, 2019
Washington Crossing, PA

Tuition: $745
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 8 – June 16, 2019
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $745 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 14 – June 23, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Aug. 5 – Aug. 14, 2019
Kelly, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Teton Science Schools

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition
$500 to $1,894
Learn about Financial Aid & Scholarships
Duration
80 hours
Minimum Age
16 yrs.
Academic Credit
3 College Credits
  • 3 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit
Certifications

CPR

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Responder

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Course Outline

Start/End
Varies
Fly in/out
Varies
Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education:

This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). More here.

Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society may earn up to 55 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). More here.

This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy 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. More here.

 

Prerequisites:

Ready 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
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Communication
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Wilderness Drug and 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 curriculum was exceptionally well-sequenced to continually build upon prior learning. The pacing kept us alert by alternating informative lecture with carefully chosen hands-on scenarios. These first aid and rescue scenarios continually placed students in situations requiring thinking and analysis, rather than merely rote memorization.”

- WFR grad

Credit: Craig Muderlak

Keep Your Certification Current

Your Wilderness First Responder certification will be current for two years. Recertify your course with a WFR Recert or Hybrid WFR Recert course, or look into our WAFA and WFA courses for other recertification options.

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