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!

Dates

Dates

We found 39 courses in California:

2019 Dates

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Newport Beach, 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
Full, Waitlist Available details

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF
Full, Waitlist Available details

June 7 – June 8, 2019
Hayfork, CA

Tuition: $250
Details: Camp Trinity - Bar 717 Ranch

June 8 – June 9, 2019
Point Reyes, CA

Tuition: $275 to $395
Details: Ready SF

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

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

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

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

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Cardiff, CA

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

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Berkeley Hills, CA

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

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Guerneville, CA

Tuition: $188 to $235
Details: Stewards Of The Coast And Redwoods
Filling fast! details

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Santa Monica, CA

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

July 13 – July 14, 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
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
Berkeley Hills, CA

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

Aug. 16 – Aug. 17, 2019
Los Olivos, CA

Tuition: $250
Details: Dunn School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
San Diego, CA

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

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

Tuition: TBA
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
Newport Beach, 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
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

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

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Oxnard, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 26 – Oct. 27, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

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

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

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
Bonita, CA

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

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

2020 Dates

Feb. 29 – March 1, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

April 4 – April 5, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

May 2 – May 3, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

We found 23 courses in nearby states (Nevada, Arizona, Oregon):

2019 Dates

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $175 to $225
Details: Catlin Gabel School
Full, Waitlist Available details

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
Springfield, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 9 – July 10, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Heart Of Oregon Corps

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Sedona, AZ

Tuition: $265
Details: Verde Valley School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

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

Sept. 28 – Sept. 29, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

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. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

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

2020 Dates

March 14 – March 15, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 6 – June 7, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$175 to $500

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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