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.

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.

I’ve taken quite a few first aid classes, but nothing prepared me for your class. The class time and mock 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

The Class Outline

About 1/3 of our time is spent outdoors in hands-on practice and scenarios.
Our 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