Wilderness First Responder

Credit: Eric Page

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

Dec. 27, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019
Bainbridge Island, WA

Tuition: $875
Details: IslandWood

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

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

2019 Dates

Jan. 2 – Jan. 10, 2019
Arden, NC

Tuition: $775 to $875
Details: Landmark Learning

Jan. 2 – Jan. 10, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $750
Details: Regis University
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2019
Hudson, WI

Tuition: $755 to $945
Details: YMCA Camp St. Croix

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: $760
Details: University of Texas at Austin
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: $600
Details: NOLS Mexico

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $650 to $775
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $650 to $775
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Juneau, AK

Tuition: $900
Details: East Basin Company

Jan. 7 – Jan. 16, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $685 to $715
Details: Colorado College
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 7 – Jan. 16, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: CSU Outdoor Program
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2019
Incline Village, NV

Tuition: $725
Details: Sierra Nevada College
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2019
Laramie, WY

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: University of Wyoming
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 9 – Jan. 18, 2019
Arcata, CA

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: Humboldt State University
Filling fast! details

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

Tuition: $1,200
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $750
Details: Lewis and Clark College
Full, Waitlist Available details

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

Tuition: $750
Details: Lewis and Clark College
Filling fast! details

Jan. 11 – Jan. 20, 2019
Madison, WI

Tuition: $750 to $800
Details: Outdoor UW / University of Wisconsin

Jan. 12 – Jan. 20, 2019
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 14 – Jan. 22, 2019
Greenfield, MA

Tuition: $700
Details: Greenfield Community College

Jan. 15 – Jan. 24, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $795
Details: Cal Adventures

Jan. 18 – Jan. 27, 2019
Greenbelt, MD

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 21 – Jan. 30, 2019
Moab, UT

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 22 – Jan. 31, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 25 – Feb. 3, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Southwest
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Elon, NC

Tuition: $650 to $775
Details: Elon University

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

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides
Full, Waitlist Available details

Feb. 1 – Feb. 10, 2019
Lyons, CO

Tuition: $730
Details: Ryland R. Gardner

Feb. 4 – Feb. 13, 2019
Watonga, OK

Tuition: TBA
Details: Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Feb. 9 – Feb. 17, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Feb. 11 – Feb. 20, 2019
Fossil, OR

Tuition: $645 to $1,055
Details: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Feb. 15 – Feb. 24, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 16 – Feb. 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Feb. 22 – March 3, 2019
Lohajung, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

Feb. 23 – March 3, 2019
Klamath Falls, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Klamath Community College

Feb. 25 – March 6, 2019
Midpines, CA

Tuition: $755
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

March 1 – March 10, 2019
Westwood, MA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: TBA
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $750 to $1,065
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Flat Rock, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Blue Ridge Community College

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Durango, CO

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Fort Lewis College - Outdoor Pursuits

March 8 – March 17, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $715
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 8 – March 17, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $765
Details: University of Utah

March 9 – March 17, 2019
Lexington, KY

Tuition: TBA
Details: University Of Kentucky

March 9 – March 17, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

March 9 – March 18, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $775
Details: Whitman College
Filling fast! details

March 9 – March 17, 2019
Raleigh, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Landmark Learning

March 11 – March 20, 2019
Kamuela, HI

Tuition: $785 to $885
Details: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Outdoor Program

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: $725
Details: Prime Medical Training

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Pocatello, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho State University

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: $745
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

March 18 – March 26, 2019
Table Rock, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: North Carolina Outward Bound School

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $750
Details: City of Eugene

March 22 – March 31, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 23 – April 1, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $800
Details: UCLA Outdoor Adventures

March 23 – March 31, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: Portland State University

March 23 – March 31, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

April 2 – April 11, 2019
Moab, UT

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 5 – April 14, 2019
Riverwoods, IL

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 5 – April 14, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 8 – April 17, 2019
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $780
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

April 9 – April 18, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $770
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 16 – April 25, 2019
Bishop, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

April 16 – April 25, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 19 – April 28, 2019
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

April 19 – April 28, 2019
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $750 to $1,100
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

April 20 – April 28, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

April 23 – May 2, 2019
Conway, WA

Tuition: $795 to $925
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

April 24 – May 4, 2019
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: $1,400
Details: Crossing Latitudes

April 26 – May 5, 2019
Saint Paul, MN

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 30 – May 9, 2019
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz

May 1 – May 10, 2019
Granby, CO

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

May 3 – May 11, 2019
Orem, UT

Tuition: $780
Details: Utah Valley University

May 3 – May 12, 2019
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

May 4 – May 13, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $765
Details: University of Utah

May 6 – May 15, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 6 – May 14, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Regis University

May 7 – May 16, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $745
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

May 10 – May 19, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

May 11 – May 20, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

May 11 – May 19, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

May 11 – May 19, 2019
Portland, ME

Tuition: TBA
Details: Outdoor Sport Institute (formerly Maine Winter Sports Center)

May 12 – May 20, 2019
Boone, NC

Tuition: $530 to $760
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 13 – May 22, 2019
Golden, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado School of Mines

May 13 – May 22, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $750
Details: Lewis and Clark College

May 15 – May 23, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 17 – May 26, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

May 18 – May 27, 2019
San Antonio, TX

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

May 18 – May 26, 2019
Washington Crossing (Philadelphia area), PA

Tuition: $695 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

May 18 – May 26, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $910
Details: Landmark Learning

May 20 – May 29, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

May 20 – May 28, 2019
Murfreesboro, TN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Middle Tenn. State Univ. - Murfreesboro

May 22 – May 31, 2019
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

May 22 – May 31, 2019
Grand Junction, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program

May 28 – June 6, 2019
Chico, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings

May 30 – June 8, 2019
Bemidji, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Thunderbird

June 1 – June 9, 2019
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $695 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 3 – June 12, 2019
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Irwin Guides

June 3 – June 12, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

June 7 – June 16, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

June 10 – June 19, 2019
Grand Canyon, AZ

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

June 11 – June 20, 2019
Olympic National Park, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

June 14 – June 23, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz

June 14 – June 23, 2019
Pomona, NY

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 18 – June 27, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 29 – July 7, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

June 29 – July 7, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $700
Details: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

July 5 – July 14, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 5 – July 14, 2019
Greenbelt, MD

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 12 – July 21, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 13 – July 22, 2019
Ann Arbor, MI

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 15 – July 24, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 15 – July 24, 2019
Newport, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 19 – July 28, 2019
South Holland, IL

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 19 – July 28, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: $760
Details: University of Texas at Austin

July 26 – Aug. 4, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 27 – Aug. 5, 2019
Wildwood, MO

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 28 – Aug. 5, 2019
Batam, Indonesia

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

Aug. 2 – Aug. 11, 2019
Greeley, CO

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

Aug. 3 – Aug. 11, 2019
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lees McRae College

Aug. 5 – Aug. 14, 2019
Kelly, WY

Tuition: $955 to $1,635
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2019
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug. 9 – Aug. 18, 2019
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 15 – Aug. 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug. 16 – Aug. 25, 2019
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz

Sept. 7 – Sept. 15, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 13 – Sept. 22, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sept. 20 – Sept. 29, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 18 – Oct. 27, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 21 – Oct. 30, 2019
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $955 to $1,635
Details: Teton Science Schools

Nov. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: $995
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 29 – Dec. 8, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 6 – Dec. 15, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$530 to $1,635
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

Downloads

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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