National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness First Aid
The NOLS Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected with a fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medical care. This course is great for people of all ages and experiences, best-suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response is expected in a timely manner (< 8 hours). Students who may benefit from a WFA include those who: take short trips relatively close to help, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, and/or participate in local outdoor recreation.
Taught by seasoned instructors in a two-day format. Emphasis is placed on learning the Patient Assessment System, providing effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the out of doors, and making appropriate evacuation decisions.
Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors are the best in the world. Our seasoned, professional educators know what it feels like to make tough decisions in remote places because they've been there.
Who Should Enroll
This course is great for people of all ages (16 or older) and experiences, best-suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response is expected in a timely manner (< 8 hours).
The Wilderness First Aid course is an introductory course for individuals with no prior knowledge and generally does not include CPR. You may choose to take a Wilderness First Aid course to recertify your WAFA, WFR, or WEMT, but only if you hold a certification from WMI. Participants using the WFA to recertify need to pass both a written and a practical exam.
WMI graduates may take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course to recertify their WAFA, WFR or WEMT.
Approvals and Continuing Education
This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirement. This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license. Learn more here.
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MSU Billings Extended Campus
For more information about the National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute please see: http://www.nols.edu/