WAFA to WFR Bridge

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider.

 The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMT/EMS may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.

​**If you are using this course to recertify a WMA WEMS it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.**

Course Description

This course is delivered over 4 days, with 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Evenings should be reserved for study and required assignments, averaging 1-2 hours per evening. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies.

​Students will have access to the pre-course assignments 2-4 weeks prior to the course. These assignments must be submitted in order to receive proof of course completion.

​It is suggested that students not plan other activities during the course dates, as the course load is intensive.


Sample Syllabus:


Day 1

Registration/Introduction; Review Pre-course Study Packet; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory/Respiratory Systems; PAS Drills; Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider-level CPR)

Day 2

Quiz/Case Studies Review; Nervous System; Spine Management; Musculoskeletal; PAS Drill; Dislocations; Patient Immobilization; Litter Carries and Belays; PAS Drills

Day 3

Quiz/Case Studies Review; Emergency Childbirth; Allergy & Anaphylaxis; Altitude or Diving; Frostbite; Near Drowning; Search and Rescue; Traction Splints; Improvised Litters; Simulation and Debrief

Day 4

Case Study Review; Backcountry Medicine; Toxins; Medical Kits; PAS Drills; Written Test; Skills Testing; Conclusion


All eligible students who successfully complete the WAFA to WFR Bridge course will receive WMA International’s Wilderness First Responder certification including anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-Level CPR or equivalent. All WMA International certifications remain valid for three years.


Within three years, graduates may recertify by completing a Wilderness Advanced First Aid, retaking the Bridge (WAFA to WFR), or completing the Open Recertification course.


All learning materials are provided at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A practical guide for the basic and advanced practitioner

  • WFR Class Notes

  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook

  • SOAP Notebook


Students must complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It is designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course and it is required for granting of the WFR certification. Students who do not submit their pre-course package will receive a WAFA certificate at the end of the course.


Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Tundra Medical Resources and Wilderness Medical Associates International are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification within three years of the Bridge course. If using this course to recertify, students must have proof of a valid WMA International WFR or WEMS certification or a valid WFR certification from another organization, whose original training was at least 64 hours in length. Proof of certification is required.

​Students must fulfill WMA's Functional Position Description for Wilderness Medicine Providers to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.


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