Wilderness First Aid

Credit: Luis Camargo

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!

Download the WFA Course Outline.

 

Dates

Dates

We found 31 courses in California:

2018 Dates

July 21 – July 22, 2018
Santa Rosa, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 28 – July 29, 2018
Redondo Beach, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 4 – Aug. 5, 2018
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2018
Los Olivos, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Dunn School

Aug. 18 – Aug. 19, 2018
Newport Beach, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 18 – Aug. 19, 2018
Coronado, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 25 – Aug. 26, 2018
Los Gatos, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 15 – Sept. 16, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

Sept. 15 – Sept. 16, 2018
San Jose, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Pilot Hill, CA

Tuition: $280
Details: Earthwalker LLC

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Ojai, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Los Gatos, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Dana Point, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Fresno, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Beverly Hills, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Redondo Beach, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

2019 Dates

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

We found 24 courses in nearby states (Nevada, Arizona, Oregon):

2018 Dates

July 21 – July 22, 2018
Buxton, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Aug. 8 – Aug. 10, 2018
Window Rock, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Fort Defiance Indian Hospital
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 11 – Aug. 12, 2018
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 25 – Aug. 26, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 15 – Sept. 16, 2018
Buxton, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $235
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Talent, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Picacho, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Vernonia, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Goodyear, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catlin Gabel School

2019 Dates

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 28 – April 29, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catlin Gabel School

June 8 – June 9, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$199 to $403.46

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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