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 7 courses in Idaho:

2019 Dates

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: $230
Details: Sage International School
Full, Waitlist Available details

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Pocatello, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho State University

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Aug. 23 – Aug. 25, 2019
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

We found 108 courses in nearby states (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado):

2019 Dates

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

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

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

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

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Portland, OR

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

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Tacoma, WA

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

March 9 – March 10, 2019
Redmond, WA

Tuition: $230
Details: The Overlake School
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 9 – March 10, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

March 9 – March 10, 2019
Denver, CO

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

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Filling fast! details

March 16 – March 18, 2019
Lander, WY

Tuition: $245
Details: NOLS Rocky Mountain

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Talent, OR

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

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Billings, MT

Tuition: $245
Details: Rocky Mountain College Outdoor Recreation

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $225 to $245
Details: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

March 23 – March 24, 2019
West Valley City, UT

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

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Olympia, WA

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

March 30 – March 31, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

March 30 – March 31, 2019
Buxton, OR

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

April 2 – April 3, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $200
Details: Heart Of Oregon Corps

April 3 – April 4, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Denver, CO

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

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

April 11 – April 12, 2019
Golden, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bondi Outdoor Leadership

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $225 to $245
Details: Regis University

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Portland, OR

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

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

April 20 – April 21, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

April 20 – April 21, 2019
Toutle, WA

Tuition: $343
Details: Mount St Helens Institute

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Kennewick, WA

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

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: $259
Details: Bad Adventure Company

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Newberg, OR

Tuition: $160 to $240
Details: Post 58

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Westcliffe, CO

Tuition: $200
Details: Custer County Search and Rescue

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Conway, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

May 11 – May 12, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 11 – May 12, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 11 – May 12, 2019
Blaine, WA

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

May 14 – May 15, 2019
Gardiner, MT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yellowstone Forever

May 17 – May 18, 2019
Bailey, CO

Tuition: $225
Details: Camp IdRaHaJe

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Lake City, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sky Ranch at Ute Trail Inc

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

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

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Bozeman, MT

Tuition: $260
Details: Crossing Latitudes

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Pullman, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Washington State University

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

Tuition: $265
Details: University of Utah

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Newport, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Vernal, UT

Tuition: $240
Details: NOLS River Base

May 23 – May 24, 2019
Dubois, WY

Tuition: $230
Details: SOAR

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Portland, OR

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

May 25 – May 26, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

May 27 – May 28, 2019
Granby, CO

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

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Tacoma, WA

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

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Durango, CO

Tuition: $240
Details: Colvig Silver Camps

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Denver, CO

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

June 4 – June 5, 2019
Sammamish, WA

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

June 8 – June 9, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

June 14 – June 15, 2019
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Carbondale Community School

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Silverdale, WA

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

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
Salt Lake City, UT

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

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Denver, CO

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

July 9 – July 10, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Heart Of Oregon Corps

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

July 16 – July 17, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Bothell, WA

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Denver, CO

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

July 27 – July 28, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

Aug. 9 – Aug. 11, 2019
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $310
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Boulder, 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. 15 – Aug. 16, 2019
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: $275
Details: Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug. 19 – Aug. 21, 2019
Seattle, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: The Bush School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Olympia, WA

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

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Greenough, MT

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Kennewick, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

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

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

Sept. 14 – Sept. 15, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

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

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Denver, CO

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
Blaine, WA

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

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

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

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

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Talent, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

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

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 22 – Oct. 23, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Tacoma, WA

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

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: $245 to $275
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

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

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

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Bothell, WA

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$80 to $500

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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