NOLS WILDERNESS FIRST AID
Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, “What do I do now?” Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine.
If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at camps or lead wilderness trips, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.
You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine’s course is approved by such organizations as the American Camp Association, the United States Coast Guard, and other states as well as federal agencies.
Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Epinephrine Auto-injector, and on courses with the CPR module, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management.
CLASS FORMAT AND PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
Check-in is 7:45 AM on the first day. Course days run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All course materials will be provided on the first morning of the course.
The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, case studies, and skills practice sessions. Attendance is required at all classes.
Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient.
Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to enhance the realism of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes and a camp chair.
- Notebook and pencil or pen
- Watch with a second hand or digital second
- Sunglasses and hat
- Water bottle
- Light day pack
- Waterproof outerwear top and bottom
- Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
- Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions
- Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
- Camp chair for classroom time (optional)
For the full course outline, visit the NOLS Wilderness Medicine WFA course page.
REGISTRATION AND TUITION PAYMENT
Tuition payment in full to Northeast Off Road Adventures (NORA) is required to reserve your spot in the course. You can pay your balance online by following the registration link below. You can also call NORA’s office with registration information and mail a check (with driver’s license number).
The tuition fee includes instruction, handouts, a field pocket-guide, equipment use, and certification. A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.
$275 Non-members, $250 NORA Adventure Club members
$30 Add-on lunch for 2 days
$195 Add-on 3 hour off-road driving class w/trail rig rental
NORA is offering an Introduction to Off-Road Driving 3-hour class (priced with rental trail rig included) the Saturday after WFA. Learn skills to drive in rugged terrain with a NORA certified instructor. Available as optional add-on at the WFA registration link. Note: add-on driving class is not affiliated with NOLS.
Optional Intro to Off-Road Driving is held on Sat Apr 11, 9am-12pm
WAFA/WFR/WEMT RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification holders may take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course to recertify a WAFA, WFR or WEMT certification. Certification holders from other wilderness medicine training organizations cannot recertify through a Wilderness First Aid course.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. You should bring your certification card to the course so the instructor can verify the expiration date. For more information please visit our recertification policy here.
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is an introductory course for individuals with no prior knowledge and generally, does not include CPR.
The preferred way to recertify your certification is to enroll in a Wilderness First Responder Recertification course (WFR-R), or through our Hybrid WFR Recertification course, which adds an online component in addition to traditional scenarios and skills.
These courses are specifically designed for students needing recertification.
More information can be found by following the links below:
You will be required to pass both a written and a practical test. Check the Wilderness Medicine Resources web page for information and resources on how to best prepare for your course.
NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE STUDENT AGREEMENT
Please download the NOLS Student Agreement and read it carefully as it affects your legal rights.
Bring the two-page signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document as well. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course. NOLS Wilderness Medicine participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the NOLS Wilderness Medicine program and are at the sole risk of the participant.
NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE POLICIES
If you cancel or withdraw from a NOLS course:
- Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course start date, NOLS Wilderness Medicine will retain a $35.00 administrative fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
- Within 30 days of the course start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable as per the following:
- WFA, WFR-R, WMPP – loss of full tuition.
- WFR, WAFA, WUMP – loss of course deposit.
- Once the course begins, no refunds will be awarded. All course registrations are non-transferable.
Pets are not allowed at the course site. This includes leashing them outside. Any student bringing a pet to class will be asked to leave until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other facility. No exceptions.
Please contact the Wilderness Medicine office at 1-866-831-9001 if you intend to bring a service animal to the course.
Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco & Weapons
No alcohol, no drugs, no tobacco, and no weapons are allowed in the classroom.
Pre-Course Access to College Credit
The WFA course is pre-approved for 0.5 credit through Western State Colorado University or an additional cost. Interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by contacting Western at least 30 days prior to the course start. More information can be found here.
On-Course Access to College Credit
The WFA course is pre-approved for one semester hour credit through the University of Utah for an additional cost. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please ask your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.
Meals and Lodging
Bottled water, coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.
For an additional fee, lunch may be ordered and will be delivered to your classroom.
Local lodging suggestions:
NORA’s Training Center is located at:
23 Tempaloni Road
Look for the NORA sail flag at the driveway entrance, #23 is on the left gate post.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.