Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Course Description

As the entry level course for anyone who spends time in remote places, the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.

Class Format
The format for this 16-20 hour WFA involves classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, skills practice sessions, case studies, role playing, and simulates rescues. Attendance is required for all scheduled classes. Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Simulated rescues will take place outside, rain or shine.

Wilderness Medicine Courses in Telluride Colorado

No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.

Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFA certification. Successful course completion earns you an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid certification. For courses including CPR you will earn an ASHI Adult/Child CPR & AED certification. Both certifications are valid for two years.

$235 Tuition and Materials (Textbook, Field Guide) for course including CPR & AED, $210 without CPR & AED, $55 for ASHI Adult/Child CPR & AED only.

Registration and Policies
To register you have two options: (1) Call us at (970) 729-2779 and register over the phone. (2) Send us a message using the “Contact Us” tab of this website. A deposit of $100 via cash, check or credit card is required to reserve a space in the course with the balance of the tuition due at the beginning of class. Cancellation prior to 2 weeks is eligible for a full refund. Cancellation within 2 weeks forfeits the deposit.

Required Equipment
Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on potentially wet, muddy or snowy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. You will need: a day pack, water bottle, multiple clothing layers, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves and hat, and sturdy boots.


  • Patient Assessment System
  • Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures
  • Adult/Child CPR & AED (in some courses)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits and Rx Drug Kits
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