Are you prepared for the unexpected in the outdoors?

If you are one of the many active people who hike, bike, camp, fish, ski, hunt, raft, climb, or pursue other outdoor adventures but don't have medical training, our wilderness medicine courses can help! We cater to all outdoor enthusiasts from weekend warriors to professional athletes and guides. Let us find a course to make sure you are prepared for your next adventure!


COVID-19 Update

April 13, 2021

As restrictions throughout the state of Utah ease, vaccinations continue to roll out in a timely manner, and case counts keep dropping, we want to reiterate our approach to keeping all of our students healthy and safe. Wilderness Medicine of Utah will continue to reassess our protocols as we receive more insight from the CDC.

For the time being, all students attending a course will be asked to provide Wilderness Medicine of Utah with a negative COVID test within a week of the course start date (or provide proof of vaccinations being complete at least 2 weeks before class starts).

During class, students will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of each day. The health of our students remains our number one priority, and in order to keep everybody safe during this time we will continue to adhere to the following measures: COVID-19 Update


Which course is right for you?

Wilderness First Responder (BWLS: WFR) courses are appropriate for professional guides and others who want a deeper understanding of wilderness medicine. Wilderness First Aid (WLS: WFA) courses are designed for those interested in learning about wilderness emergencies without the time commitment of a full WFR course.

All of our graduates receive a certificate that is valid for 2 years. For BWLS: WFR graduates, there will be a 1 year grace period after the expiration where they will be able to recertify without having to retake the full BWLS: WFR course again. Please call with any questions!






Who We Are:

Wilderness Medicine of Utah was established in 1993 to teach medical principles for a backcountry environment where there is no medical help available. Certain injuries and illnesses are common to backcountry sports and activities. Many of these popular activities include hiking, skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater river running. Wilderness Medicine of Utah offers programs to train and prepare you in prevention, management, and evacuation techniques for medical problems in the backcountry. These courses are certification programs to foster continued learning. Our instructors are all certified with the Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certificate or with a BWLS certificate. They come from the University of Utah School of Medicine or have years of experience with ski patrol, Search and Rescue, emergency medicine, or Wilderness Medicine of Utah.  Wilderness Medicine of Utah follows the WFR Guidelines for instruction as outlined by the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Wilderness Medical Society.