Wilderness First Responder Courses

Basic Wilderness Life Support 

Course Objectives: The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed to meet the needs of the individual with more committment to learning about the various wilderness medical problems. In some ways, the course is like a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (W-EMT) certification, but without the technical aspects and protocols.After taking this course you will be familiar with the most common backcountry problems. You’ll have practiced evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. You’ll have developed a sense for what situations require emergent medical assistance and how to proceed. To see list of topics covered check out a sample syllabus at the bottom of this page.


Time Commitment:

The length of instruction is 6 long days for most courses from 8:00am-10:00pm.  Evening/weekend courses last two weeks and run from 6:00pm-10:00pm during the weekdays and 8:00am-6:00pm on Saturdays and 8:00am-6:00pm on the first Sunday, the course is approximately 74 hours of didactic lecture and hands on workshops and scenarios.

Course Cost:

The cost is $449 per person for a new or expired student. We are pleased to offer a discounted price for recertification at $299. Because we need a minimum number of students to sustain costs for a course, we regret we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of a course.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

• Patient Assessment Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
• CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers
• Bleeding and Shock
• Wound and Burn Management (bandaging)
• Fractures & Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
• Chest Injuries
• Abdominal Injuries
• Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Immobilization
• Near Drowning
• Lightning
• Heat-Related Illness
• Hypothermia & Cold-Related Illness/Injury (Frostbite, etc.)
• Gender Specific Emergencies
• Obstetrical Emergencies
• Psychology in the Wilderness
• Neurologic Emergencies
• Diving Medicine (Intro)
• Altitude Illness
• Avalanche Medicine
• Law and the Wilderness
• Poisoning Emergencies
• Evacuation Guidelines
• Improvised Litters & Carries
• Skin, Wilderness Dentistry, Illness & Injury of the Eyes

Multiple practice workshops and scenarios are also included in the curriculum. These hands-on workshops are often done while on small hikes as a class to get more realistic practice. Most of our practice scenarios are based on real-life incidents that our instructors have managed as professional rescuers or encountered in their own backcountry adventures.


All WFR certifications are valid for 2 years with a 1 year grace period within which to recertify.