Wilderness First Aid

Credit: William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, 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!

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Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Dallas, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Rockfall, CT

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Sept. 28 – Sept. 30, 2018
Skelleftå, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Ames, IA

Tuition: $199 to $220
Details: Iowa State University

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Haverford, PA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Haverford College

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Whitmore Lake, MI

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
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Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Bloomington, MN

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $235
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Full, Waitlist Available details

Oct. 2 – Oct. 5, 2018
Stöllet, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Roswell, GA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Milford, CT

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Oxnard, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Boise, ID

Tuition: $240
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Oct. 8 – Oct. 10, 2018
Kilijava, Finland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Dana Point, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Providence, RI

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Vernonia, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Los Gatos, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Lynchburg, VA

Tuition: $215
Details: Liberty University

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Picacho, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Talent, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
College Station, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: Texas A & M

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Cincinnati, OH

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Newport, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Flat Rock, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Blue Ridge Community College

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Cedar Hill, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Fresno, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Bloomington, MN

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 23 – Oct. 24, 2018
Seattle, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Washington, DC

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: $225 to $265
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
New York City, NY

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Stanley, NC

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Madison, WI

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 2 – Nov. 4, 2018
Strömfors, Finland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Spring, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Pennington, NJ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Chicago, IL

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Westwood, MA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Chesterfield, VA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Pocatello, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho State University

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Elon, NC

Tuition: $200 to $275
Details: Elon University

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Roanoke, VA

Tuition: $225
Details: Roanoke Parks And Recreation

Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2018
Tacoma, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 6 – Nov. 8, 2018
Färgelanda, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Nov. 9 – Nov. 11, 2018
Oskarsborg, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Bloomington, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Seoul, South Korea

Tuition: TBA
Details: Korea International School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Berkeley Hills, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Valley Park, MO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Montville, NJ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Beverly Hills, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Filling fast! details

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Cedar Creek, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018
Kansas City, MO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Seattle, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Owings Mills, MD

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $240
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Redondo Beach, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Washington, DC

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Goodyear, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Southlake, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
San Mateo, CA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
San Antonio, TX

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Cary, NC

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
New York City, NY

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Highland Park, IL

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Statesboro, GA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Georgia Southern University

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Stanley, NC

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catlin Gabel School

2019 Dates

Jan. 3 – Jan. 4, 2019
Terlingua, TX

Tuition: $259
Details: Far Flung Outdoor Center

Jan. 5 – Jan. 6, 2019
Gardiner, MT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yellowstone Forever

Jan. 21 – Jan. 24, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Jan. 23 – Jan. 25, 2019
Kamuela, HI

Tuition: TBA
Details: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Outdoor Program

Jan. 26 – Jan. 27, 2019
Cedar Falls, IA

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Northern Iowa

Jan. 26 – Jan. 27, 2019
Columbia, SC

Tuition: $235
Details: Heathwood Hall

Feb. 2 – Feb. 3, 2019
Tampa, FL

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of South Florida - Tampa

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cal Adventures

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Bozeman, MT

Tuition: $260
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Arden, NC

Tuition: $235
Details: Landmark Learning

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Chicago, IL

Tuition: TBA
Details: Chicago Yacht Academy

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Albuquerque Academy

Feb. 16 – Feb. 17, 2019
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Feb. 16 – Feb. 18, 2019
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: TBA
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

Feb. 16 – Feb. 17, 2019
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Louisiana State University

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24, 2019
Boone, NC

Tuition: $180 to $260
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 2 – March 3, 2019
Johnson City, TN

Tuition: TBA
Details: East Tennessee State University

March 10 – March 12, 2019
Bengaluru, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

March 11 – March 15, 2019
Värmdö, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

March 15 – March 17, 2019
Ranikhet, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

March 16 – March 17, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

March 22 – March 24, 2019
Värmdö, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Greensboro, NC

Tuition: $220
Details: University of North Carolina-Greensboro

March 23 – March 24, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sage International School

March 29 – March 31, 2019
Lindholmen, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Pocatello, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho State University

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lees McRae College

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cal Adventures

April 13 – April 14, 2019
Stateline, NV

Tuition: TBA
Details: Tahoe Rim Trail Association

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Bloomsburg, PA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Quest

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Texas at Austin

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 28 – April 29, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catlin Gabel School

May 3 – May 5, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $240
Details: UC Santa Cruz

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Conway, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Biddeford, ME

Tuition: $245
Details: Community Bicycle Center

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $240
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Washington Crossing, PA

Tuition: $235
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

May 4 – May 5, 2019
Grand Marais, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

May 10 – May 12, 2019
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Bozeman, MT

Tuition: $260
Details: Crossing Latitudes

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $265
Details: University of Utah

May 20 – May 21, 2019
Newland, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: NovusWay

May 23 – May 24, 2019
Dubois, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: SOAR

May 28 – May 29, 2019
Grand Marais, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Wilderness Canoe Base

June 1 – June 2, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $235
Details: Ready SF

June 7 – June 9, 2019
Lindholmen, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

June 8 – June 9, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: $235
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

June 12 – June 13, 2019
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: $225
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

June 14 – June 17, 2019
STF Saltoluokta Fjallstation, Sweden

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

June 15 – June 16, 2019
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $235 to $305
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11, 2019
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $240
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Oct. 5 – Oct. 6, 2019
Boise, ID

Tuition: $240
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$180 to $305

Duration

16 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

1 College Credits
  • 1 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR (on some courses)

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Aid

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Various

Fly in/out

Various

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education: This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. It is 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. Learn more here.

 

Recertification Prerequisites:

Using this course 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
  • 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."

– WFA grad from NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

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. 

 

 

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