Wilderness Medicine and First Aid

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid 16 hour course focuses on the basic skills first aid skills needed for venturing out into remote or wilderness areas.   This course takes into account things such as limited access to medical supplies, exposure to outdoor elements, and extended response time for professional help.   The course is a mix of in-class lecture and outdoor hands on training. The ASHI WFA course meets and exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition.  The ASHI WFA course is also an approved wilderness first aid class by the American Camping Association. Please note that this is a two day course; the USNWC does not have lodging or camping available on site. Please visit our Local Accommodations page for lodging suggestions.

Course Content Includes

(but not limited to):

  • Preparedness and Prevention
  • Assessment of a wilderness emergency
  • Patient assessment systems
  • Minor and Major Wound Care
  • Spinal injuries
  • Sudden Illness
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Use of Epinephrine


  • Certification in adult CPR and AED is required. Prior completion of a basic first aid class is strongly encouraged.
  • We will offer participants in need of this certification a CPR and AED certification course at the end of the first day of the WFA course for an additional $25 per person.

Course Information:

  • $150 per person
    • CPR and AED certification course addition is $25 per person (not required if you have a valid CPR/AED certification)
  • Certification is good for two years
  • Duration:
    • WFA Course – 16 hours over two days
    • CPR/AED certification – 3 hours
  • Minimum Age: 14 years old
  • Course Capacity: 10 – 18

Course Availability:

There are no scheduled courses at this time. Check back soon for additional dates, or contact us at rescue@usnwc.org to set up a class at the USNWC or at your facility for your group.  Additional charges and requirements will apply for courses scheduled off-site from the USNWC.

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