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 28 courses in Colorado:

2019 Dates

April 20 – April 21, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: $259
Details: Bad Adventure Company
Full, Waitlist Available details

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Westcliffe, CO

Tuition: $200
Details: Custer County Search and Rescue
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May 17 – May 18, 2019
Bailey, CO

Tuition: $225 to $278
Details: Camp IdRaHaJe
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May 18 – May 19, 2019
Lake City, CO

Tuition: $245
Details: Sky Ranch at Ute Trail Inc
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May 18 – May 19, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
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May 27 – May 28, 2019
Granby, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: Camp Chief Ouray

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Denver, CO

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

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Durango, CO

Tuition: $240
Details: Colvig Silver Camps

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: $275
Details: Carbondale Community School

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Denver, CO

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

July 6 – July 7, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Aug. 15 – Aug. 16, 2019
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: $275
Details: Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

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

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

We found 21 courses in nearby states (Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska):

2019 Dates

April 20 – April 21, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

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

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Tucson, AZ

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

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
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May 11 – May 12, 2019
Sedona, AZ

Tuition: $265
Details: Verde Valley School

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Vernal, UT

Tuition: $240
Details: NOLS River Base

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $265
Details: University of Utah

May 23 – May 24, 2019
Dubois, WY

Tuition: $230
Details: SOAR

June 12 – June 13, 2019
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: $225
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

June 22 – June 23, 2019
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $245 to $345
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Aug. 9 – Aug. 11, 2019
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $310
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Sedona, AZ

Tuition: $265
Details: Verde Valley School

Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2019
West Valley City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Tucson, AZ

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

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

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $245 to $345
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Oct. 26 – Oct. 27, 2019
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Tucson, AZ

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

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

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

2020 Dates

June 11 – June 12, 2020
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$160 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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