Wilderness First Aid

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits. Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Course Description

The expected target audience is seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.

Course topics are:
Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints1 - Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine.

Evenings should be reserved for study and required assignments, averaging 1-2 hours per evening. The teaching focus is on medical conditions and response that will be relevant to this group. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for common emergencies.

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Customization

Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field.

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.

Elective topics to specific environments (altitude, tropical, SCUBA, offshore medicine, etc.) can be added to the WFA course content. Please talk to the office or instructor at time of booking.

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Certifications

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Aid, standard First Aid certification, and CPR level C with AED. Certifications are valid for three years. Annual CPR refreshers are recommended by all CPR curriculum providers.

Materials

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

  • ​The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook

Evaluation

There is pass/fail criteria. A written test exists but is not necessary on this course. Failure criteria could be due to lack of attendance or participation; inability to demonstrate CPR, epinephrine injection, or patient assessment. Tundra Medical Resources and Wilderness Medical Associates International are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Prerequisites

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.