Wilderness First Aid

Remote Medical Care

Remote Medical Care

Our highly interactive, two-day wilderness first aid course helps participants navigate the complex barriers found in remote wilderness care environments. Our instructors spend time exploring how participants can assess, treat, and manage injury with very limited resources. Course participants will learn how to assess, treat, and when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training. Plus our comprehensive 16-hour wilderness first aid course meets or exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition. A two year course completion card is issued upon successful completion.

Course Length:

16 hours of instruction is the most common length but actual course may be shorter or longer when incorporating hands-on scenarios, skills practice & activities.

Course Format:

Typically taught over two consecutive (weekend) days but this course may also be taught over several weeks or consecutive days upon request and based upon location.

Course Tuition:

$175/person. Course tuition may vary depending on course location, logistics and options.

Certification:

Wilderness First Aid  (Health & Safety Institute Card; valid 2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • We think 13 years of age is a good starting point. The participant must be mentally mature enough to manage the subjects of blood, death, and be mentally hardy enough to provide lay medical care in the middle of a crisis. All participants must also be able to physically fit enough to cary, drag, and other wise move heavy objects across uneven terrain.
  • A current CPR/AED certification is strongly recommended but NOT required.

Recommended For:

This introductory wilderness medicine course is recommended for everyone age 13 and up. It is strongly recommended for anyone who spends any amount of time in the great outdoors, including "weekend warriors" Scouting and youth program leaders, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, canoe & rafting trip guides, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.

Wilderness First Aid

Extended Injury Management

Protecting Yourself

Orthopedic Injuries

Moving and Lifting

Treatment Principals & Techniques

Legal Considerations

Chest Injuries

Patient Assessment

Allergies & Anaphylaxis

Moving and Lifting

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Practice Scenarios

Sudden Illnesses

Shock & Control of Bleeding

Heat-Related Illnesses

CPR in Remote Settings

Cold-Related Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Lightning Strikes

Suspected Spinal Injuries

Altitude Illnesses

Wound Care

Bites & Stings

Poisoning

Altitude Illnesses

Soft Tissue Injuries

Tick Safety

Burns & Blisters

Submersion Emergencies



This comprehensive 16-hour wilderness first aid course meets or exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition.

Sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid Course

From time to time we have groups or organizations (such as scout troops, outing clubs, search and rescue groups, etc.) want to offer a wilderness medicine training for their members and/or the general public. We warmly welcome the chance to organize and conduct a course for your group.

If your group or organization is interested in sponsoring a course, please note that the minimum number of participants we require is 10 due to group dynamics. We realize that some groups and organizations wishing to sponsor a course may not have 10 participants so and we will be happy to work with you to help fill unused seats.

 

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Scheduling

We schedule our sponsored Wilderness First Aid courses at least three months in advance. Finding and booking the course location (facilities, lodging, etc.) is solely the responsibility of the sponsor. If you do not have a location arranged, we will be glad to work with you to help find a nearby solution. Please note that on multi-day courses, we do not permit a change in location from day to day or within the time-frame of the course.

All courses require an indoor classroom with ample room for tables, chairs, PowerPoint projection, as well as space for skills practice - in addition to easy access to an outdoor or wilderness area in which to do practice scenarios and simulations is highly encouraged.

The Wilderness First Aid class works best if conducted over a weekend. We understand weekends  may not work for all groups so we try to be flexible in working around the schedules of instructors and learners.

  • Friday Evening - Optional CPR/AED Class
  • Saturday (8a-5p)
  • Sunday (9a-4p)

Fees

We charge $175/learner.** For all courses that are taught within driving distance of Martinsburg, WV (between 50 and 200 miles), we charge (round trip) the current GSA mileage rate per mile for each vehicle (typically one or two). If the course is located within 35 miles of Martinsburg, WV, we do not charge mileage. We also request meals and lodging for our instructors be provided from the evening before your course through the morning after your course.

If you are unable to provide housing and food, we request a $30 per Diem (per instructor/per day) for meals for the duration of the course; as well as reimbursement for any incurred lodging expenses. Depending upon the course location, instructor, and time of year, overnight camping may also be acceptable.

The average cost per student, factoring in tuition, additional modules and instructor costs (meals, lodging & mileage) average out to be around $25-$75 above the base tuition ($150/learner). We encourage sponsoring organizations to earn revenue through the event via course tuition (we can help collect payment via credit card if needed).

We do support courses more than 200 miles from our base in Martinsburg, WV. However the distance poses a scheduling conflict since most of our instructors are part-time instructors who work full time jobs. We require the sponsor pay any air or train fares, rental car fees, as well as any meals and travel expenses incurred by the instructors en route to and from your course location. We also request the same amenities as mentioned above (meals & lodging during the course of the entire program).  

 **We charge a $1,400 minimum for a Wilderness First Aid class. This fee includes up to 8 seats ($175/seat). More seats can always be added to a class on a per student basis. Contact us for a final cost. 

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