The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, wilderness guides, members of the military, professional search and rescue teams, wildland firefighters, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The course provides essential training in wilderness medicine, leadership, and critical thinking for professionals and leaders working and traveling in outdoor, low-resource, and remote environments. During the course, students learn the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary. This course has several formats including the traditional 8 day and offerings over 7 and 5 days.

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
  • Altitude Illness
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Environmental Toxins
  • 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 includes a minimum of 70 hours of preparation, didactic, and practical time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Healthcare Provider-Level CPR

Certifications are valid for three years. Recertification can be earned at any time during the three years following your course.
The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the 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
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine Handbook
  • Wilderness First Responder 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.