The 80 Hours Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. This course offers the Wilderness Medical Associate's (WMA) curriculum which is comprehensive and practical, and includes all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for disciplined individuals with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation.Students must register at least 3 weeks before the course date. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.


Full Course: November 8 to 12, 2023 SOLD OUT

Recert: November 10 to 12, 2023 SOLD OUT

Location: 8988 Pemberton Meadows Road


25 Hours Pre-Course Preparation and 45 Hours On-Site Training. This course is offered by Wilderness Medical Associates


Students will be sent the course ID number and password to access their online pre-course materials two to four weeks prior to the first day of their course. Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the 5-Day WFR course. No previous medical training is required.

Class Format

This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as the standard 8-9 says Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and have self-discipline to complete approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation.

Students will have access to the WFR Study Guide two to four weeks before the course starts. They are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, and tests. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site daytime training can focus on wilderness and rescue scenarios and practical skills. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies.

Conscientious preparation, studying, and time prior to the course is essential for success. This is not a short-cut version of the standard course.

Wilderness First Responder Course Cancellation
  • You must pass the Online Exam before attending the in-person portion of the course.
  • There is no refund if you do not pass the exam and cannot attend the in-person portion.
  • No Cancellations or Refunds inside of two weeks of the course start date.

8988 Pemberton Meadows Road, Pemberton (almost at the end of the meadows road, a few minutes from the Hurley FSR turn off).

  • General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems: BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma
  • Practical Skills: Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration
  • Environmental Topics: Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche
  • Musculoskeletal Systems: Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations
  • Other: Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits

The following teaching materials are provided by WMA at no additional cost:

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A guide for the basic and advanced practitioner
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • WFR Class Notes and handouts
  • SOAP Notes
Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. WMA is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the 2015 ILCOR/AHA guidelines. All WMA certifications remain valid for three years. The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE

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