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 6 courses in Idaho:

2019 Dates

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

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Aug. 23 – Aug. 25, 2019
McCall, ID

Tuition: $290 to $455.43
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sage International School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: $245
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Hailey, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sage International School

We found 55 courses in nearby states (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado):

2019 Dates

June 29 – June 30, 2019
Buxton, OR

Tuition: $245 to $275
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
Denver, CO

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

July 6 – July 7, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $249
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

July 9 – July 10, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $200
Details: Heart Of Oregon Corps

July 13 – July 14, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

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

July 16 – July 17, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Woodinville, WA

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Denver, CO

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

July 20 – July 21, 2019
Buxton, OR

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
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
Filling fast! details

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Seattle, WA

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

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

Tuition: $275
Details: Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Filling fast! details

Aug. 17 – Aug. 18, 2019
Lakewood, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: The Bad Adventure Company

Aug. 19 – Aug. 21, 2019
Seattle, WA

Tuition: $275
Details: The Bush School

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Greenough, MT

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

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Olympia, WA

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

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Portland, OR

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

Aug. 24 – Aug. 25, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Sept. 6 – Sept. 8, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tara Performing Arts High School

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

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

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Kennewick, WA

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 21 – Sept. 22, 2019
Eugene, OR

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
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: $245 to $275
Details: REI Outdoor School

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

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

Oct. 12 – Oct. 13, 2019
Talent, OR

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, 2019
Portland, OR

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

Oct. 22 – Oct. 23, 2019
Seattle, 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
Tacoma, WA

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: $245 to $275
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
Seattle, WA

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

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17, 2019
Denver, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: OMEGA

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Denver, CO

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Eugene, OR

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

Dec. 7 – Dec. 8, 2019
Portland, OR

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

Dec. 14 – Dec. 15, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

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

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

2020 Dates

March 14 – March 15, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

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

June 6 – June 7, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$188 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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