Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$240 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. 

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WFA Course Outline

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 State 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

152 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Eugene, OR
City Of Eugene Parks And Open Space

Jul 15, 2020 –
Jul 17, 2020

TBA

Accokeek, MD
REI Outdoor School

Jul 18, 2020 –
Jul 19, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 18, 2020 –
Jul 19, 2020

$245 to $275

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jul 18, 2020 –
Jul 19, 2020

$240 to $270

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Pasadena, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Winston-Salem, NC
City Of Winston Salem Recreation And Parks

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

TBA

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Montville, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Glencoe, IL
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Rockville, MD
REI Outdoor School

Jul 25, 2020 –
Jul 26, 2020

$245 to $275

Philadelphia, PA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 1, 2020 –
Aug 2, 2020

$245 to $275

Chesterfield, VA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 1, 2020 –
Aug 2, 2020

$245 to $275

Jackson, WY
Teton Science Schools

Aug 7, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$320

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$250

Bailey's Crossroads, VA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Asheville, NC
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Greenough, MT
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Clarkston, MI
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 8, 2020 –
Aug 9, 2020

$245 to $275

Carbondale, CO
Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Aug 13, 2020 –
Aug 14, 2020

$275

Sedona, AZ
Verde Valley School

Aug 15, 2020 –
Aug 16, 2020

$265

Hermitage, TN
REI Outdoor School

Aug 15, 2020 –
Aug 16, 2020

$245 to $275

Centennial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 15, 2020 –
Aug 16, 2020

$245 to $275

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 15, 2020 –
Aug 16, 2020

$245 to $275

San Pedro, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 15, 2020 –
Aug 16, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
The Bush School

Aug 18, 2020 –
Aug 20, 2020

TBA

McCall , ID
McCall Outdoor Science School

Aug 21, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$295 to $460.43

Oklahoma City, OK
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

TBA

Raleigh, NC
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Point Reyes, CA
Ready SF

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

TBA

Olympia, WA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Chuluota, FL
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Lacygne, KS
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Aug 22, 2020 –
Aug 23, 2020

$245 to $275

Helsinki, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Aug 28, 2020 –
Aug 30, 2020

TBA

Eagle River, AK
REI Outdoor School

Aug 29, 2020 –
Aug 30, 2020

$245 to $275

Accokeek, MD
REI Outdoor School

Aug 29, 2020 –
Aug 30, 2020

$245 to $275

Helsinki, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Sep 4, 2020 –
Sep 6, 2020

TBA

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

Sep 5, 2020 –
Sep 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Raniket, India
NOLS India

Sep 10, 2020 –
Sep 12, 2020

TBA

Las Vegas, NV
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

West Valley City, UT
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Cedar Creek, TX
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Bloomington, MN
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Los Angeles, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Sep 12, 2020 –
Sep 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Tucson, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Cincinnati, OH
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Greenville, SC
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Topsfield, MA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Cedar Hill, TX
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Eugene, OR
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Chesterfield, VA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Jacksonville, FL
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Sep 19, 2020 –
Sep 20, 2020

$245 to $275

Pepper Pike, OH
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

Arcadia, CA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

Bailey's Crossroads, VA
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

East Hanover, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245 to $275

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 26, 2020 –
Sep 27, 2020

$245

Columbus, OH
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Roswell, GA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Centennial, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Northville, MI
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Milford, CT
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$250

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Bloomington, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

$245 to $275

Phillipsburg, PA
Brett Simpson

Oct 3, 2020 –
Oct 4, 2020

TBA

Stöllet, Klarälvdalen Folkhögskola, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 6, 2020 –
Oct 9, 2020

TBA

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Talent, OR
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Simpsonville, SC
Trail Blazer Survival School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

TBA

Fort Collins, CO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Newport Beach, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 10, 2020 –
Oct 11, 2020

$245 to $275

Wake Forest, NC
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

New York, NY
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Seagoville, TX
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Oxnard, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

West Alton, MO
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$250

Palo Alto, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 17, 2020 –
Oct 18, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 20, 2020 –
Oct 21, 2020

$245 to $275

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 23, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$500

Baltimore, MD
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Fresno, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Santa Fe, NM
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Lacygne, KS
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Sacramento, CA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 24, 2020 –
Oct 25, 2020

$245 to $275

Syöte, Finland
Crossing Latitudes

Oct 30, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

TBA

Bloomington, MN
REI Outdoor School

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

$245 to $275

Tacoma, WA
REI Outdoor School

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

$245 to $275

Roanoke, VA
Roanoke Parks And Recreation

Oct 31, 2020 –
Nov 1, 2020

TBA

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Hamilton Township, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Pueblo, CO
Colorado State University Pueblo

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

TBA

Brooklyn, NY
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Milwaukee, WI
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Mattapan, MA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Austin, TX
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Valley Park, MO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 7, 2020 –
Nov 8, 2020

$245 to $275

Värmdö, Sweden
Crossing Latitudes

Nov 13, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

TBA

San Pedro, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Chicago, IL
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Washington, DC
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Seattle, WA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Knoxville, TN
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

San Mateo, CA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Oklahoma City, OK
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

TBA

Chesterfield, VA
REI Outdoor School

Nov 14, 2020 –
Nov 15, 2020

$245 to $275

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Chevy Chase, MD
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Montville, NJ
REI Outdoor School

Nov 21, 2020 –
Nov 22, 2020

$245 to $275

Brooklyn, NY
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Arcadia, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Tucson, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245

Woodinville, WA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

San Diego, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Denver, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Portland, OR
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Raleigh, NC
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Eugene, OR
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Dallas, TX
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Albuquerque, NM
REI Outdoor School

Dec 5, 2020 –
Dec 6, 2020

$245 to $275

Las Vegas, NV
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Highland Park, IL
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Berkeley Hills, CA
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Kings Mountain, NC
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Phoenix, AZ
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Golden, CO
REI Outdoor School

Dec 12, 2020 –
Dec 13, 2020

$245 to $275

Terlingua , TX
Far Flung Outdoor Center

Jan 11, 2021 –
Jan 12, 2021

TBA

Airway Heights, WA
Spokane County Fire District 10

Mar 20, 2021 –
Mar 21, 2021

TBA

Phillipsburg, PA
Brett Simpson

Apr 10, 2021 –
Apr 11, 2021

TBA

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.