Wilderness First Aid

Credit: William Woodward

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!

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Dates

Dates

We found 69 courses in California:

2018 Dates

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Travis Air Force Base (Solano County), CA

Tuition: $225
Details: Travis Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation

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

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

2019 Dates

Jan. 12 – Jan. 13, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 12 – Jan. 13, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 12 – Jan. 13, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 19 – Jan. 20, 2019
Ojai, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 19 – Jan. 20, 2019
Oakland, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 26 – Jan. 27, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 2 – Feb. 3, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 2 – Feb. 3, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Santa Barbara, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $250
Details: Cal Adventures

Feb. 16 – Feb. 17, 2019
Oakland, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 16 – Feb. 17, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 9 – March 10, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 9 – March 10, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 9 – March 10, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
San Jose, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Oxnard, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $250
Details: Cal Adventures

April 20 – April 21, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Ojai, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 22 – June 23, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Guerneville, CA

Tuition: $188 to $235
Details: Stewards Of The Coast And Redwoods
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June 29 – June 30, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 27 – July 28, 2019
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 27 – July 28, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 28 – Sept. 29, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
San Jose, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Oxnard, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 9 – Nov. 10, 2019
Santa Barbara, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

We found 43 courses in nearby states (Nevada, Arizona, Oregon):

2018 Dates

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Litchfield Park, AZ

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

Dec. 4 – Dec. 5, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: $200
Details: Heart Of Oregon Corps

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $175 to $225
Details: Catlin Gabel School

2019 Dates

Jan. 5 – Jan. 6, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 19 – Jan. 20, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Litchfield Park, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Talent, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

March 30 – March 31, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 30 – March 31, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

April 20 – April 21, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 28 – April 29, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catlin Gabel School

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Newberg, OR

Tuition: $160 to $240
Details: Post 58

May 11 – May 12, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 8 – June 9, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Talent, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 9 – Nov. 10, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Litchfield Park, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$80 to $310

Duration

16 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

1 College Credits
  • 1 Semester
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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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