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Wilderness First Responder

Duration

80 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$550 to $8,700

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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!

Course Policies
Please review our policies including cancellation policies, attendance requirements, minimum age requirements, and more. 

Also see our Hybrid Wilderness First Responder course.

Additional Details

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

This course has been approved for Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history. 

Academic Credit (Learn more)
This course is approved for 3 college credits through the University of Utah and 3 college credits 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 Responder course (WILDMI-555) is 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

83 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov 29, 2022 –
Dec 8, 2022

$850

In Progress

Midpines, CA
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Nov 29, 2022 –
Dec 8, 2022

$903 to $2,433

In Progress

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec 2, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$875

Estes Park, CO
Mountain Rescue Institute

Dec 2, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$845

McCall, ID
McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 12, 2022

$765

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Dec 9, 2022 –
Dec 18, 2022

$900

Boulder, CO
University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec 9, 2022 –
Dec 18, 2022

$800 to $850

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Santa Cruz, CA
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 19, 2022

$945

3 spaces Enroll Now

Tampa, FL
University of South Florida - Tampa

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 18, 2022

$750

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 18, 2022

$825 to $1,050

Greensboro, NC
Landmark Learning

Dec 12, 2022 –
Dec 20, 2022

$850

Boulder, CO
University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec 30, 2022 –
Jan 8, 2023

$800 to $850

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Fort Collins, CO
CSU Outdoor Program

Jan 3, 2023 –
Jan 12, 2023

$750 to $850

Arcata, CA
Cal Poly Humboldt Center Activities

Jan 3, 2023 –
Jan 12, 2023

$895

Berkeley, CA
Cal Adventures

Jan 3, 2023 –
Jan 12, 2023

$850

Apopka (Orlando area), FL
Lewis and Clark College

Jan 4, 2023 –
Jan 13, 2023

$850 to $1,100

Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark College

Jan 5, 2023 –
Jan 14, 2023

$850

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Jan 5, 2023 –
Jan 14, 2023

$895

5 spaces Enroll Now

Greenfield, MA
Greenfield Community College

Jan 6, 2023 –
Jan 15, 2023

$795

Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Jan 6, 2023 –
Jan 15, 2023

$700 to $800

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jan 7, 2023 –
Jan 15, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Boone, NC
Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

Jan 7, 2023 –
Jan 15, 2023

$670 to $875

Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Jan 9, 2023 –
Jan 18, 2023

$820 to $900

Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College

Jan 16, 2023 –
Jan 25, 2023

$755 to $790

4 spaces Enroll Now

Salisbury, MD
Salisbury University

Jan 18, 2023 –
Jan 27, 2023

$825

Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb 1, 2023 –
Feb 10, 2023

TBA

Kathmandu, Nepal
Idaho Rescue Training

Feb 8, 2023 –
Feb 17, 2023

$725 to $1,195

Fossil, OR
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Feb 8, 2023 –
Feb 17, 2023

$1,095 to $1,165

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Feb 10, 2023 –
Feb 19, 2023

$895

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Feb 18, 2023 –
Feb 26, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Midpines, CA
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Feb 21, 2023 –
Mar 2, 2023

$903 to $2,433

Estes Park, CO
Mountain Rescue Institute

Feb 24, 2023 –
Mar 5, 2023

$875

Ranikhet, India
NOLS India

Feb 24, 2023 –
Mar 5, 2023

$550

La Paz, Mexico
NOLS Mexico

Feb 25, 2023 –
Mar 6, 2023

$739

Accokeek, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Mar 4, 2023 –
Mar 13, 2023

$1,050 to $1,080

Coeur D Alene, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Mar 4, 2023 –
Mar 12, 2023

$945

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Mar 4, 2023 –
Mar 12, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Mar 11, 2023 –
Mar 20, 2023

$700 to $800

Albuquerque, NM
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

Mar 11, 2023 –
Mar 20, 2023

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Mar 18, 2023 –
Mar 26, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Durango, CO
Fort Lewis College - Outdoor Pursuits

Mar 18, 2023 –
Mar 26, 2023

TBA

Boulder, CO
University of Colorado-Boulder

Mar 24, 2023 –
Apr 2, 2023

TBA

Portland, OR
Portland State University

Mar 25, 2023 –
Apr 2, 2023

$700 to $800

5 spaces Enroll Now

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Apr 1, 2023 –
Apr 9, 2023

$895

Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Idaho Rescue Training

Apr 1, 2023 –
Apr 26, 2023

$8,700

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Apr 4, 2023 –
Apr 13, 2023

$850

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Apr 8, 2023 –
Apr 16, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Flåm, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Apr 12, 2023 –
Apr 22, 2023

$1,600

Santiago, Chile
NOLS Patagonia

Apr 14, 2023 –
Apr 23, 2023

$687.50

Estes Park, CO
Mountain Rescue Institute

Apr 21, 2023 –
Apr 30, 2023

$875

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Apr 25, 2023 –
May 4, 2023

$1,005 to $1,035

Orem, UT
Utah Valley University

May 8, 2023 –
May 17, 2023

TBA

Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark College

May 8, 2023 –
May 17, 2023

TBA

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

May 9, 2023 –
May 18, 2023

$860

Boone, NC
Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 13, 2023 –
May 21, 2023

$670 to $875

Boulder, CO
University of Colorado-Boulder

May 13, 2023 –
May 22, 2023

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

May 13, 2023 –
May 21, 2023

TBA

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

May 16, 2023 –
May 24, 2023

$895

Fort Collins, CO
CSU Outdoor Program

May 16, 2023 –
May 25, 2023

TBA

Arcata, CA
Cal Poly Humboldt Center Activities

May 17, 2023 –
May 26, 2023

TBA

Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 30, 2023 –
Jun 8, 2023

TBA

Bemidji, MN
Camp Thunderbird

May 30, 2023 –
Jun 7, 2023

TBA

Chico, CA
Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings

May 30, 2023 –
Jun 8, 2023

TBA

Westport, MA
REI Northeast

Jun 3, 2023 –
Jun 12, 2023

$1,035 to $1,065

Bend, OR
Juniper Flats Outdoor Education

Jun 17, 2023 –
Jun 26, 2023

$850

Glencoe, IL
REI Midwest

Jun 20, 2023 –
Jun 29, 2023

$1,020 to $1,050

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Jun 24, 2023 –
Jul 3, 2023

$1,050 to $1,080

Pomona, NY
REI Northeast

Jun 24, 2023 –
Jul 3, 2023

$1,035 to $1,065

Riau Islands, Indonesia
Island Connections International/Telunas Beach Resort

Jul 3, 2023 –
Jul 11, 2023

$1,530

Sun Valley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jul 7, 2023 –
Jul 16, 2023

$830

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jul 8, 2023 –
Jul 16, 2023

$875 to $1,100

Fort Collins, CO
CSU Outdoor Program

Jul 18, 2023 –
Jul 27, 2023

TBA

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug 11, 2023 –
Aug 20, 2023

$895

Tesuque, NM
The Mountain Center

Sep 1, 2023 –
Sep 10, 2023

TBA

Kobarid, Slovenia
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 20, 2023 –
Sep 30, 2023

$1,250

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Sep 25, 2023 –
Oct 4, 2023

$1,050 to $1,080

Estes Park, CO
Mountain Rescue Institute

Oct 27, 2023 –
Nov 5, 2023

TBA

Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Mountain Guides

Oct 31, 2023 –
Nov 9, 2023

TBA

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov 3, 2023 –
Nov 12, 2023

$895

Estes Park, CO
Mountain Rescue Institute

Dec 1, 2023 –
Dec 10, 2023

TBA

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec 1, 2023 –
Dec 10, 2023

$895

Woodinville, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Dec 8, 2023 –
Dec 17, 2023

$900

Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb 13, 2024 –
Feb 22, 2024

TBA

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. 

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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