Camera William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Duration

16 hours

Age

16+ yrs

Tuition

$240 to $395

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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

104 courses

Dates

Geolocation

Goodyear, AZ
REI Southwest

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Cumming, GA
REI Southeast

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$335

5 spaces Enroll Now

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Midwest

Oct 1, 2022 –
Oct 2, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Topsfield, MA
REI Northeast

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Bozeman, MT
Headwaters Field Medicine

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$320

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Parkton, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$350

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Oct 8, 2022 –
Oct 9, 2022

$240 to $280

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$335

Palo Alto, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$350

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Buxton, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Oct 15, 2022 –
Oct 16, 2022

$325

Fort Collins, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$350

Phoenix, AZ
REI Southwest

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Santa Cruz, CA
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$300

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$335

Great Falls, VA
REI Mid-Atlantic

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$350

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 22, 2022 –
Oct 23, 2022

$350

Bigfork, MT
Idaho Rescue Training

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$295

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$315

Santa Barbara, CA
REI Southern California

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$350

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Des Moines, IA
Wander Women Iowa

Oct 29, 2022 –
Oct 30, 2022

$285

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$350

Buxton, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

New Orleans, LA
Tulane University

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$280

Austin, TX
REI Southwest

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Monona, WI
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$280

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Nov 5, 2022 –
Nov 6, 2022

$335

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Golden, CO
Colorado School of Mines Outdoor Recreation Center

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$245

Fishkill, NY
REI Tri-State

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$350

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$350

El Cerrito, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$350

Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$260 to $290

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$335

Baltimore, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$350

5 spaces Enroll Now

Pueblo, CO
Colorado State University Pueblo

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

TBA

Goodyear, AZ
REI Southwest

Nov 12, 2022 –
Nov 13, 2022

$335

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Nov 19, 2022 –
Nov 20, 2022

$285

Philipsburg, PA
Keystone Wilderness Medicine

Nov 19, 2022 –
Nov 20, 2022

$355

Colorado Springs, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Nov 19, 2022 –
Nov 20, 2022

$350

Seattle, WA
REI Washington-Alaska

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$335

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$325

Vernon Hills, IL
REI Midwest

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$335

Asheville, NC
REI Southeast

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$335

Centennial, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$350

Los Angeles, CA
REI Southern California

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$350

San Diego, CA
REI Southern California

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$350

Brooklyn, NY
REI Tri-State

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$350

Buxton, OR
REI Oregon-Northern Rockies

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$335

Phoenix, AZ
REI Southwest

Dec 3, 2022 –
Dec 4, 2022

$335

Sacramento, CA
REI California Bay-Sierra

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$350

Saint Paul, MN
REI Midwest

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$335

Accokeek, MD
REI Mid-Atlantic

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$350

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$325

Denver, CO
REI Rockies-Great Plains

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$350

Seekonk, MA
REI Northeast

Dec 10, 2022 –
Dec 11, 2022

$335

Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Mountain Rescue Institute

Jan 18, 2023 –
Jan 19, 2023

$325

Williamsburg, VA
The College of William & Mary

Jan 21, 2023 –
Jan 22, 2023

TBA

Columbia, SC
Heathwood Hall

Jan 21, 2023 –
Jan 22, 2023

TBA

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Jan 21, 2023 –
Jan 22, 2023

$325

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Jan 28, 2023 –
Jan 29, 2023

$285 to $335

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Jan 28, 2023 –
Jan 29, 2023

$250

Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Adventure Collective

Feb 4, 2023 –
Feb 5, 2023

TBA

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Feb 11, 2023 –
Feb 12, 2023

$325

Bozeman, MT
Headwaters Field Medicine

Feb 11, 2023 –
Feb 12, 2023

$320

Greensboro, NC
University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Feb 25, 2023 –
Feb 26, 2023

$250

Stateline, NV
Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Feb 25, 2023 –
Feb 26, 2023

$315 to $350

Ogden, UT
Idaho Rescue Training

Feb 25, 2023 –
Feb 26, 2023

$320

Arden, NC
Landmark Learning

Mar 4, 2023 –
Mar 5, 2023

$285

Knoxville, TN
University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Mar 4, 2023 –
Mar 5, 2023

TBA

Bend, OR
Bend Park & Recreation District

Mar 5, 2023 –
Mar 6, 2023

TBA

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Mar 11, 2023 –
Mar 12, 2023

$295

Berkeley, CA
Cal Adventures

Mar 11, 2023 –
Mar 12, 2023

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Mar 25, 2023 –
Mar 26, 2023

$285 to $315

Banner Elk, NC
Lees McRae College

Apr 1, 2023 –
Apr 2, 2023

TBA

Arcata, CA
Cal Poly Humboldt Center Activities

Apr 8, 2023 –
Apr 9, 2023

TBA

Ogden, UT
Idaho Rescue Training

Apr 8, 2023 –
Apr 9, 2023

$320

Bozeman, MT
Headwaters Field Medicine

Apr 15, 2023 –
Apr 16, 2023

$320

Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Apr 15, 2023 –
Apr 16, 2023

TBA

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Apr 15, 2023 –
Apr 16, 2023

$325

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Apr 19, 2023 –
Apr 20, 2023

TBA

Coeur D Alene, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Apr 20, 2023 –
Apr 21, 2023

$320

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Apr 22, 2023 –
Apr 23, 2023

$295

Canfield, OH
ECO EdVentures/ Environmental Collaborative

Apr 29, 2023 –
Apr 30, 2023

$350 to $395

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

Apr 29, 2023 –
Apr 30, 2023

$285 to $335

Stateline, NV
Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Apr 29, 2023 –
Apr 30, 2023

$315 to $350

Bigfork, MT
Idaho Rescue Training

May 2, 2023 –
May 3, 2023

$295

Hailey, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

May 6, 2023 –
May 7, 2023

$325

Berkeley, CA
Cal Adventures

May 6, 2023 –
May 7, 2023

TBA

Cullowhee, NC
Landmark Learning

May 13, 2023 –
May 14, 2023

$285 to $315

Florissant, CO
Sanborn Western Camps

May 16, 2023 –
May 17, 2023

TBA

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

May 17, 2023 –
May 18, 2023

TBA

Arden, NC
Landmark Learning

May 27, 2023 –
May 28, 2023

$285

Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

May 27, 2023 –
May 28, 2023

$315

Sausalito, CA
Ready SF

Jun 3, 2023 –
Jun 4, 2023

$325

Stanley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 8, 2023 –
Jun 9, 2023

$265

Sun Valley, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Jun 10, 2023 –
Jun 11, 2023

$295

Lakewood, CO
Bondi Outdoor Leadership

Jun 14, 2023 –
Jun 15, 2023

TBA

Truckee, CA
International Alpine Guides

Jun 17, 2023 –
Jun 18, 2023

TBA

Arcata, CA
Cal Poly Humboldt Center Activities

Aug 5, 2023 –
Aug 6, 2023

TBA

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 17, 2023 –
Aug 18, 2023

TBA

Boise, ID
Idaho Rescue Training

Aug 19, 2023 –
Aug 20, 2023

TBA

Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Field Institute

Sep 9, 2023 –
Sep 10, 2023

$295

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.