The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a 2-day training that provides introductory medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments. Through a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to make informed medical decisions when definitive care is hours away. The WFA includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that help students master the central concepts of remote medicine and effectively respond to an emergency if necessary.
Key Topics Covered:
The WFA includes a broad range of introductory medical skills and topics, including: patient assessment, shock, lifting & moving patients, head injuries, wound management & infection, musculoskeletal and spinal injury management, respiratory & cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic & allergic reactions, cold/heat emergencies, altitude, altered mental state, immersion & submersion, lightning, legal considerations, and more. Download Course Outline.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
18+ years old (16+ with parent/guardian approval)
Non-residential; students responsible for food/lodging; 8am-5pm
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In addition to the WFA, RMI also provides: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT), Remote Medicine for the Advanced Provider (RMAP), recertification and upgrade trainings, and a comprehensive listing of private courses for organizations.
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WFA (Wilderness First Aid) Reviews
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"I've taken several first aid courses for my work, and this was by far the best. [The instructors] tailoring the material to the students in a very effective, relaxed and accessible way. They have a wonderful way of blending fun with serious topics that allows a student to learn without becoming overwhelmed by the intensity of treating a severe wilderness injury. We covered a lot of material but everything was framed in a real-life situation with plenty of hands-on practice on live patients with realistic looking wounds."
"I've been a working outdoor professional for a long time and have attended a number of these types of trainings (from EMT-W, WFR and WFA) and I have to say this is a great course. In two days, [the course] hit all the high points and had great hands on components."
Five Stars: "[The WFA] was fun and helpful, with a great deal of hands-on practice. The instructors were fabulous, both fun and confidence-inspiring. I enjoyed it so much that I'm thinking of taking the WFR course. This course is completely worth the time and money."