Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$195 to $500

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Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, 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!

Course Policies
Please review our policies including cancellation policies, attendance requirements, minimum age requirements, and more. 

Additional Details

Academic Credit (Learn more)
This course is approved for 1 college credit through the University of Utah and 0.5 college credit through Western Colorado University.
 

Course Approval
This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. Additionally, the Wilderness First Aid course (WILDMI-554), and when included the CPR/AED course (WILDMI-134), are approved by the United States Coast Guard to meet the first aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1)(ii) and 46 CFR 11.201(i)(2)(iiI) for a merchant mariner credential.

Course Dates

124 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Austin, TX
University of Texas at Austin

Jun 23, 2021 –
Jun 25, 2021

$325

Huntsville, UT
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$265

5 spaces Enroll Now

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

5 spaces Enroll Now

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Kalispell, MT
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$260

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$255 to $285

3 spaces Enroll Now

Rutland, MA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

TBA

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Pasadena, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jun 26, 2021 –
Jun 27, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

STF Abisko Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jun 27, 2021 –
Jun 29, 2021

TBA

STF Grövelsjön Fjällstation, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Jul 2, 2021 –
Jul 4, 2021

TBA

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Cedar Creek, TX
REI Outdoor School

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Boulder, CO
Stasi York

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$200 to $250

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 10, 2021 –
Jul 11, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

St Paul, MN
REI Outdoor School

Jul 17, 2021 –
Jul 18, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jul 17, 2021 –
Jul 18, 2021

$250 to $280

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

Jul 20, 2021 –
Jul 21, 2021

$255 to $285

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 20, 2021 –
Jul 21, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Triangle, VA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$295 to $325

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 24, 2021 –
Jul 25, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Canfield, OH
Environmental Collaborative

Jul 31, 2021 –
Aug 1, 2021

TBA

Sheridan, WY
Antelope Butte Foundation

Jul 31, 2021 –
Aug 1, 2021

$250

Los Angeles, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 31, 2021 –
Aug 1, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Chapel Hill, TN
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA)

Jul 31, 2021 –
Aug 1, 2021

$245 to $275

Kelly, WY
Teton Science Schools

Aug 6, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$330

Lindholmen, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Aug 6, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

TBA

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$295 to $325

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Asheville, NC
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Lithonia, GA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Triangle, VA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 7, 2021 –
Aug 8, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 14, 2021 –
Aug 15, 2021

$265

Santa Fe, NM
The Mountain Center

Aug 14, 2021 –
Aug 15, 2021

TBA

Pasadena, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 14, 2021 –
Aug 15, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Arcata, CA
The Trustees of the CSU, on behalf of Humboldt State University

Aug 14, 2021 –
Aug 15, 2021

$195 to $225

Seattle, WA
The Bush School

Aug 16, 2021 –
Aug 18, 2021

$275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 17, 2021 –
Aug 18, 2021

TBA

Los Olivos, CA
Dunn School

Aug 20, 2021 –
Aug 21, 2021

$250

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 21, 2021 –
Aug 22, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 21, 2021 –
Aug 22, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Nelson/Richmond, New Zealand
NOLS New Zealand

Aug 27, 2021 –
Aug 29, 2021

$290

1 space Enroll Now

Accokeek, MD
REI Outdoor School

Aug 28, 2021 –
Aug 29, 2021

$275 to $305

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 28, 2021 –
Aug 29, 2021

$245 to $275

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Southfields, NY
REI Outdoor School

Aug 28, 2021 –
Aug 29, 2021

$295 to $325

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Colorado Springs, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Aug 28, 2021 –
Aug 29, 2021

TBA

Thoreau, NM
Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

Sep 4, 2021 –
Sep 5, 2021

TBA

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 4, 2021 –
Sep 5, 2021

$245 to $275

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

Sep 4, 2021 –
Sep 5, 2021

$245 to $275

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 10, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

TBA

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$270

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$245 to $275

St Paul, MN
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Los Angeles, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$275 to $305

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Triangle, VA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 11, 2021 –
Sep 12, 2021

$275 to $305

Jyderup, Denmark
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 17, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

TBA

Kobarid, Slovenia
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 17, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$450

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$255 to $285

Morrison, CO
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$245 to $275

Topsfield, MA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 18, 2021 –
Sep 19, 2021

$245 to $275

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$245

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$250 to $280

Fawnskin, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$275 to $305

Blairstown, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Sep 25, 2021 –
Sep 26, 2021

$295 to $325

Färgelanda, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 28, 2021 –
Sep 30, 2021

TBA

Cumming, GA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$245 to $275

Fishkill, NY
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$295 to $325

St Paul, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$245 to $275

Madison, WI
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$280

Centennial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 2, 2021 –
Oct 3, 2021

$245 to $275

Flåm, Norway
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 8, 2021 –
Oct 10, 2021

TBA

Los Angeles, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 9, 2021 –
Oct 10, 2021

$275 to $305

Little Rock, AR
Arkansas 4-H

Oct 9, 2021 –
Oct 10, 2021

TBA

Charlotte, NC
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation

Oct 9, 2021 –
Oct 10, 2021

TBA

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 9, 2021 –
Oct 10, 2021

$245 to $275

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 16, 2021 –
Oct 17, 2021

$245 to $275

St Paul, OR
REI Outdoor School

Oct 16, 2021 –
Oct 17, 2021

$245 to $275

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Oct 16, 2021 –
Oct 17, 2021

$260

Medelfors Folkhögskola, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 22, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

TBA

Simpsonville, SC
Trail Blazer Survival School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

TBA

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

$245 to $275

Parkton, MD
REI Outdoor School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

$275 to $305

Portland, OR
Catlin Gabel School

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

TBA

Santa Cruz, CA
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Oct 23, 2021 –
Oct 24, 2021

$240

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 25, 2021 –
Oct 27, 2021

$500

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Oct 30, 2021 –
Oct 31, 2021

$290

St Paul, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 30, 2021 –
Oct 31, 2021

$245 to $275

Ovar, Portugal
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 5, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

Mattapan, MA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

Miami, FL
University of Miami

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$255 to $285

Centenial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Roanoke, VA
Roanoke Parks And Recreation

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

TBA

St Paul, OR
REI Outdoor School

Nov 6, 2021 –
Nov 7, 2021

$245 to $275

Humak Nurmijärvi, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 10, 2021 –
Nov 12, 2021

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Nov 13, 2021 –
Nov 14, 2021

$250 to $280

Ädelfors Folkhögskola, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 17, 2021 –
Nov 19, 2021

TBA

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

$245 to $275

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

$295 to $325

Triangle, VA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

$275 to $305

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov 20, 2021 –
Nov 21, 2021

TBA

Syöte, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 26, 2021 –
Nov 28, 2021

TBA

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$265

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$245 to $275

Centenial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$245 to $275

St Paul, OR
REI Outdoor School

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$245 to $275

Los Angeles, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$275 to $305

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Dec 4, 2021 –
Dec 5, 2021

$255 to $285

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 11, 2021 –
Dec 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 11, 2021 –
Dec 12, 2021

$245 to $275

Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Feb 19, 2022 –
Feb 21, 2022

TBA

La Paz, Mexico
NOLS Mexico

Feb 22, 2022 –
Feb 24, 2022

TBA

Ranikhet, India
NOLS India

Mar 15, 2022 –
Mar 17, 2022

TBA

Arcata, CA
The Trustees of the CSU, on behalf of Humboldt State University

Apr 9, 2022 –
Apr 10, 2022

TBA

Portland, OR
Post 58

Apr 30, 2022 –
May 1, 2022

TBA

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

May 28, 2022 –
May 29, 2022

$290

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."

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.