Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Credit: Era Aranow

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

If you travel or work in remote areas and need more extensive training than a Wilderness First Aid course, our Wilderness Advanced First Aid course is the perfect choice!

Learn to stabilize, treat, and make evacuation decisions for patients in backcountry environments, with an emphasis on long term patient care management and specific injury evaluation. In addition to plenty of time practicing skills and engaging in scenarios, you'll work in small teams and practice leadership.

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 WAFA Course Outline.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Dec. 3 – Dec. 7, 2018
Rio dos Cedros CS, Brasil

Tuition: $305
Details: Backcountry Brasil

2019 Dates

Jan. 7 – Jan. 11, 2019
Terlingua, TX

Tuition: $395
Details: Far Flung Outdoor Center

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2019
Hungary, Hungary

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

May 6 – May 10, 2019
La Serena, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$305 to $395
Learn about Financial Aid & Scholarships

Duration

40 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
  • 2 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Varies

Fly in/out

Varies

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education:

Completing this course gets you pre-approved for 32 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). More info...

Our WAFA course is also 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. More info...

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
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • 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 scenarios were definitely the highlight of this course for me. They really challenge you. They were also very helpful because they prepare you for a real situation. All the practice gave me confidence to act in a first aid situation.”

- WAFA grad, New Summit Academy, Atenas, Costa Rica

Credit: Nick Hall

Keep Your Certification Current

Recertifying the WAFA

Keep up on your Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification by taking our Wilderness First Responder Recertification course, a Wilderness First Aid course, or by retaking this course. 

Recertifying Other Certifications

This course is an option for you to recertify your Wilderness First Responder certification and the wilderness portion of your WEMT certification. If you are taking this course to recertify, you'll need to pass both a written and a practical exam.

More Courses