Wilderness First Aid has taught over 7000 students since 1998

Learn how to think your way through a safe response.


Wilderness First Aid is a program of the Wilderness Safety Council, a non-profit incorporated in Virginia. Register for a class to gain confidence in your ability to make decisions and create positive outcomes out of unpredictable situations. Our students expand their knowledge through practical hands-on exercise and outdoor scenarios.


First Aid Training

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

Experienced Guide

Helping students achieve confidence in their own competence. We teach you how to lead others, make decisions, and create positive outcomes for patients.

Multiple Locations

Classes are offered multiple times throughout the year in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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

Our Students

Wilderness First Aid is designed for an audience of adults who are committed to giving 100% of their time and attention to this training.

  • 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.

Wilderness First Aid Class in Richmond VA
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

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