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 14 courses in Colorado:

2019 Dates

Sept. 6 – Sept. 8, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $245 to $265
Details: Tara Performing Arts High 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

Sept. 28 – Sept. 29, 2019
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Woodland Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Us Air Force Academy: Outdoor Recreation

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: OMEGA

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

2020 Dates

April 9 – April 10, 2020
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bondi Outdoor Leadership

June 4 – June 5, 2020
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bondi Outdoor Leadership

We found 30 courses in nearby states (Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska):

2019 Dates

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

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

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

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

2020 Dates

Jan. 11 – Jan. 12, 2020
West Valley City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 25 – Jan. 26, 2020
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 8 – Feb. 9, 2020
Phoenix, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 22 – Feb. 23, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 29 – March 1, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $240
Details: Albuquerque Academy

March 14 – March 15, 2020
Phoenix, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 21 – March 22, 2020
West Valley City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 28 – March 29, 2020
Lacygne, KS

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 18 – April 19, 2020
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 25 – April 26, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 9 – May 10, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 11 – June 12, 2020
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

June 27 – June 28, 2020
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 27 – June 28, 2020
Kamas, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

June 27 – June 28, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 12 – Sept. 13, 2020
West Valley City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 19 – Sept. 20, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 26 – Sept. 27, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Oct. 24 – Oct. 25, 2020
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 5 – Dec. 6, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 5 – Dec. 6, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 12 – Dec. 13, 2020
Phoenix, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$199 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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