Wilderness Advanced First Aid is a 4 day comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.

Course Content

  • General Principles of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Basic Life Support
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Spine Management
  • Thermoregulation
  • Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Lifting, Moving & Extrication
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical & Legal Issues


As part of Wilderness Medical Associates International's commitment to your medical rescue training, our instructors and management will consult your group's needs and teach according to your group's backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.

Certifications & Recertifications

This course is traditionally scheduled for 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in:

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • Adult CPR

Certifications are valid for three years. Students should retake the WAFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness First Responder.
The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit at the First Responder level through CAPCE.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be available at no additional cost. Students will receive the following materials on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Wilderness and Rescue First-Aid Handbook
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes


Successful completion with certification is based on: Attendance, homework assignments, written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam.
Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.