Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Have you ever wondered what you would do if someone in your group broke their leg skiing or your climbing partner was struck in the head by a rock? Every backcountry skiing, climbing or mountaineering group should have people trained in wilderness first aid skills because it’s only a matter of time in before you will need to put them into use in the backcountry.
Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment. After a disaster, even urban environments may need to be treated as a wilderness environment when it comes to first aid and patient care.
Wilderness First Aid – WFA (18 hours) is an entry level, 2 day course for those who are involved in wilderness activities. This course is the choice of many recreational skiers, climbers, mountaineers, and hiking trail guides. Basic first aid and CPR skills will be taught in the classroom on the first day of the course, and practiced hands-on in the wilderness environment on day two of the course. This course also meets the requirements for Wilderness First Responder Refresher.
This comprehensive course meets the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid curriculum and guidelines.
Lecture and discussion, practical exercise and outdoor scenarios help students gain confidence, and encourage the development of critical decision making skills. After successful completion students are certified for 2 years in Wilderness First Aid by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), a nationally recognized organization.
Intended Audience: Individuals who require or desire wilderness first aid knowledge and skills, but are not professional responders; including adventure guides, outdoor enthusiasts, trail guides, camp counselors and administrators, camp participants, park and forest rangers, and other occupations that work in a wilderness environment.
Skills covered will include:
Recognizing and treating shock
Bandaging and bleeding control
Splinting fractures, sprains and dislocations
Assessing head and spinal injuries
Recognizing altitude sickness
Identifying various medical problems
Using non-standard and improvised equipment
Adult CPR and AED is recommended. (Required for Boy Scouts of America WFA).
Basic First Aid is recommended.
Students must be 14 years of age (Meets Boy Scouts of America High Adventure Camp participation and wilderness first aid certification requirements).
Course Completion Time: 18 Hours (Course is held over 2 days)
Successful completion is based on achievement of the core learning objectives and skills demonstration rather than a prescribed instruction time. Actual times may vary.
Certification Period: 2 Years