Curriculum Director & Instructor, Jennifer Kay, demonstrating patient assessment

From our introductory Wilderness First Aid class, to our Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT Upgrade certification courses, Center for Wilderness Safety has trained some of the most elite providers in all corners of the world; from military special operators and Search And Rescue professionals, to mountain guides and outdoor enthusiasts.

Our wilderness medical course curricula are evidence-based and are approved by our medical advisory board, the Wilderness Medical Society, and meet or exceed applicable national standards and guidelines as well. We focus on realistic, hands-on education taught by experienced instructors.

Wilderness Medicine Courses

Wilderness First Aid - WFA

Wilderness First AidWFA

Wilderness First Aid is by far our most popular course, creating a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry & wilderness medical care. Originally taught as ‘mountain & woods first aid’ in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, upon which all backcountry medicine courses are now based.

Wilderness First Aid AfloatWFAA

Our Wilderness First Aid Afloat curriculum includes nearly all the same topics as the regular Wilderness First Aid, while adding topics of special interest to boaters such as marine bites and stings, sea sickness, and other injuries common in marine environments. Practice scenarios will be tailored to be more relevant to paddlers, sailors, and anyone who spends time on or near the water; whether boating, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking or even whitewater rafting.

Wilderness First Aid Afloat - WFAA
Wilderness Advanced First Aid - WAFA

Wilderness Advanced First AidWAFA

This 36-hour class is offers a more thorough and larger variety of topics plus far more hands-on practice for students than a typical WFA class. Taught over three full days, this intensive course offers additional topics which CWS feels are important, such as group leadership, communication, and more.

Wilderness First ResponderWFR

This intensive 72-80 hour course is specifically designed for professionals such as outdoor educators, guides, SAR and others who are in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting as well as for those who simply want a higher level of emergency medical training for extended backcountry trips and expeditions.

Wilderness First Responder - WFR
Wilderness EMT Upgrade – WEMT

Wilderness EMT UpgradeWEMT

This 5-day intensive course is designed for those holding current EMT certification (state or NR) and is very fast paced. Building upon the advanced knowledge of patient care of the EMT, this course includes wilderness protocols and procedures that are significantly different from those taught in urban settings.