Learn how to lead others, make decisions, and create positive outcomes. 

Wilderness First Aid has taught over 7000 students since 1998

Think your way through a safe response.


Wilderness First Aid is training in emergency medicine for people who aren't professionals. Two demanding days of lecture, discussion, hands-on and scenario based practice of skills.

We cover:

  • Patient assessment

  • Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injury

  • Splinting

  • Dealing with bad weather and non-standard equipment.

You will gain confidence in your ability to make decisions and create positive outcomes out of unpredictable situations. Dramatically expand your knowledge, and solidify it through practical hands-on exercise and outdoor scenarios.


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We offer classes in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. You can see a list of class dates here, and specific locations here.


Your structured methods rapidly improved my prevention and first aid capability. You beautifully target the things that are critical for this environment!
— Student

WFA is two demanding days of lecture, discussion, hands-on and scenario based practice that will increase your ability to do the right thing for a patient.

It's designed for an audience of adults who are committed to giving 100% of their time and attention to this training. So, although it's 18 hours of training, put other interests on hold for the weekend. Plan to set your social life and cell phone aside.

Our Mission

Is a good and safe outcome for a person we never meet in the classroom. Your patient.

We help you to achieve that goal by providing the skills you need to determine what you know (and what you don't) so that you can make better decisions about what you can do (and what you can't) for any given patient.

Medicine is not math. It's not a recipe book. Often, learning how to think becomes more important than learning what to think.

We teach you how to think your way through a safe response in an emergency, employing your leadership and communication skills in a manner that ensures the best possible outcome for your patient.

Learn more about why you should take a WFA class here.

I’ve taken quite a few first aid classes, but nothing prepared me for your class. The class time and scenarios, really helped me retain the lessons. My past training was general, but now I feel I’ve moved to the next level. I’m definitely more comfortable with my abilities and my preparedness.

— John Mearman, BSA


Class Outline

About 1/3 of our time is spent outdoors in hands-on practice and scenarios. The outline for classroom lecture and discussion:

  • Wilderness Risk Management

    • Preventing problems to begin with

  • Scene Safety

    • Preventing a second victim

  • Patient Assessment

    • Primary survey (vital systems)

    • Secondary medical survey

  • Musculoskeletal Injury

    • Splinting

    • Dislocations

  • Soft Tissue Wounds

    • Cleaning and bandaging

    • Infection

  • Shock

  • Head Injury

  • Spine Injury

    • Clearing neck-spine issues

  • Heat and Cold Related Illness

  • Diabetes

  • Asthma and Anaphylaxis


Wilderness First Aid is a program of the Wilderness Safety Council, a non-profit incorporated in Virginia.

Since 1998:

  • 7,000+ students

  • 10,000+ classroom hours

  • 35-40 classes each year

Helping students like you achieve confidence in their own competence to do the right thing. You will learn how to lead others, make decisions, and create positive outcomes for patients.

You are not going to believe this but tonight I pulled up at a traffic light and there in front of me . . . 2 cars smashed. I immediately got out of my car and felt so ready. All that we learned was going thru my head. Thank you!

— Gina Cohen
Wilderness First Aid Class in Richmond VA

Our Students

  • Adults from across the spectrum of ages and professional backgrounds.

  • Volunteers with adult groups like the Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Club and National Ski Patrol.

  • Scout Leaders in preparation for high adventure camps like Philmont and Northern Tier.

  • Federal agencies like the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey.

  • College Outdoor Adventure: Virginia Tech, the University of Richmond, the University of Delaware.

  • Young people leading for summer camps, Outward Bound, the Student Conservation Association.

  • And any individual seeking the best level of medical preparedness and safety in their outdoor adventure.