Wilderness First Responder

Credit: Lisa Bauer

Wilderness First Responder

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial 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!

Download the WFR course outline.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

July 20 – July 29, 2018
South Holland, IL

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

July 27 – Aug. 5, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

Aug. 3 – Aug. 12, 2018
Greeley, CO

Tuition: $650 to $700
Details: University of Northern Colorado Outdoor Pursuits

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: $700
Details: Lees McRae College

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Dahlonega, GA

Tuition: $798 to $1,894
Details: Barefoot Lodge and Hiker Hostel

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF
Filling fast! details

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2018
Kelly, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 8 – Aug. 17, 2018
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $675 to $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Filling fast! details

Aug. 10 – Aug. 19, 2018
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Aug. 12 – Aug. 20, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Filling fast! details

Aug. 16 – Aug. 25, 2018
Friday Harbor, WA

Tuition: $790
Details: Spring Street International School

Aug. 17 – Aug. 26, 2018
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $770
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz
Filling fast! details

Aug. 25 – Sept. 3, 2018
Lyons, CO

Tuition: $730
Details: Ryland R. Gardner

Aug. 25 – Sept. 2, 2018
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $750
Details: Brevard College

Sept. 1 – Sept. 9, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 14 – Sept. 23, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sept. 17 – Sept. 26, 2018
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Irwin Guides

Sept. 21 – Sept. 30, 2018
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

Sept. 21 – Sept. 30, 2018
Raniket, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 5 – Oct. 14, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $765
Details: University of Utah

Oct. 6 – Oct. 14, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $885
Details: Landmark Learning

Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, 2018
Kandersteg, Switzerland

Tuition: $1,200
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 22 – Oct. 31, 2018
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Oct. 26 – Nov. 4, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $725 to $1,075
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: $770
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov. 2 – Nov. 11, 2018
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 4 – Nov. 12, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 5 – Nov. 14, 2018
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yellowstone Forever

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Moab, UT

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $765
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Bishop, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

Nov. 27 – Dec. 6, 2018
Midpines, CA

Tuition: $755
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Nov. 28 – Dec. 7, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2018
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 9, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 7 – Dec. 16, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: City of Eugene

Dec. 8 – Dec. 17, 2018
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Dec. 8 – Dec. 16, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of South Florida - Tampa

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 12 – Dec. 21, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2018
Greenville, NC

Tuition: $600 to $700
Details: East Carolina University

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 15 – Dec. 23, 2018
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $695 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

Dec. 28, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

2019 Dates

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

Jan. 2 – Jan. 10, 2019
Arden, NC

Tuition: $775 to $875
Details: Landmark Learning

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Texas at Austin

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 4 – Jan. 13, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Jan. 7 – Jan. 16, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2019
Incline Village, NV

Tuition: $725
Details: Sierra Nevada College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Raquette Lake, NY

Tuition: TBA
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Apopka (Orlando area), FL

Tuition: $750
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 12 – Jan. 20, 2019
Brevard, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Southwest

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Elon, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Elon University

Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb. 16 – Feb. 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Feb. 25 – March 6, 2019
Midpines, CA

Tuition: $755
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: TBA
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 8 – March 17, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $300 to $715
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 8 – March 17, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $765
Details: University of Utah

March 9 – March 18, 2019
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

March 9 – March 17, 2019
Lexington, KY

Tuition: TBA
Details: University Of Kentucky

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: $725
Details: Prime Medical Training

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: City of Eugene

March 22 – March 31, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 23 – March 31, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

March 23 – April 1, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UCLA Outdoor Adventures

April 5 – April 14, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 9 – April 18, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $770
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 19 – April 28, 2019
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

April 24 – May 4, 2019
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: $1,400
Details: Crossing Latitudes

May 4 – May 13, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $765
Details: University of Utah

May 6 – May 15, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 7 – May 16, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

May 10 – May 19, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

May 11 – May 20, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

May 13 – May 22, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lewis and Clark College

May 15 – May 23, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 17 – May 26, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

May 18 – May 26, 2019
Washington Crossing, PA

Tuition: $695
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

May 20 – May 29, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

June 1 – June 9, 2019
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $695 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 3 – June 12, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF

June 7 – June 16, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

June 10 – June 19, 2019
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Grand Canyon Association Field Institute

June 14 – June 23, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

July 12 – July 21, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 15 – July 24, 2019
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 26 – Aug. 4, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Aug. 5 – Aug. 14, 2019
Kelly, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 15 – Aug. 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $765
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$300 to $1,894
Learn about Financial Aid & Scholarships

Duration

80 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

3 College Credits
  • 3 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Responder

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Varies

Fly in/out

Varies

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education:

This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). More here.

Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society may earn up to 55 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). More here.

This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy 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. More here.

 

Prerequisites:

Ready 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
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Wilderness Drug and 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 curriculum was exceptionally well-sequenced to continually build upon prior learning. The pacing kept us alert by alternating informative lecture with carefully chosen hands-on scenarios. These first aid and rescue scenarios continually placed students in situations requiring thinking and analysis, rather than merely rote memorization.”

- WFR grad

Credit: Craig Muderlak

Keep Your Certification Current

Your Wilderness First Responder certification will be current for two years. Recertify your course with a WFR Recert or Hybrid WFR Recert course, or look into our WAFA and WFA courses for other recertification options.

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