Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips. Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including patient assessment drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.

Course Content

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


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 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Adult CPR

Certifications are valid for three years. Students should retake the WFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness Advanced First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder.

Included Materials

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

  • Wilderness First Aid Guide
  • SOAP Notebook


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.