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Course List

  • Basic First Aid (BFA)

    BFA with CPR - 8 or 16 hrs
    50% classroom : 50% practical

    What: An overview of wilderness medicine.
    Who: For those looking for the fundamentals of wilderness medicine.


    Key Course Components:
    • Scene assessment
    • Patient assessment
    • Identifying life threatening injuries
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Caring for injuries and illnesses including:

    stopping bleeding
    cleaning and caring for wounds
    managing and splinting fractured bones and joints
    snake bites

    • Safely moving patients


    BFA and CPR certification from SOI

    The Basic First Aid course is an excellent introduction to handling a medical emergency.  This course is more than just CPR training; it offers an opportunity to learn how to provide medical care and, just as importantly, how to do so safely.  This is an excellent chance to learn the basic skills that allow the student to be an asset when someone needs medical help.


  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

    WFA with CPR - 24 hrs
    60% classroom : 40% practical

    What: An overview of wilderness medicine and extended guidance in technique development.
    Who: Ideal for camp staff, drivers, and assistant guides.  *Not appropriate for lead guides.


    Key Course Components:
    • Scene assessment
    • Patient assessment
    • Identifying life threatening injuries
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Caring for injuries and illnesses including:

    stopping bleeding
    cleaning and caring for wounds
    managing and splinting fractured bones and joints
    snake bites

    • Safely moving patients
    • Injury and illness prevention
    • Long-term injury management
    • Improvised litter construction
    • Environmental emergencies


    Internationally recognized WFA and CPR certification from SOI

    The Wilderness First Aid course provides an introduction to emergency medicine and more.  This course will instruct the student how to care for a patient for longer periods and even how to build litters to move them more safely over longer distances.  Even more, the student will learn how to recognise hazards and risks, and use that foresight to prevent injuries and illnesses.   The topic of environmental emergencies will also be covered.

    ‡Fully-catered tented accommodations are available.


  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

    WFR with CPR - 80 hrs
    66% classroom : 33% practical

    What: In-depth wilderness medicine education and thorough development of decision making and practical skills - world standard in outdoor emergency medical care.
    Who: Ideal for lead guides, those looking to increase their experience and qualifications, and independent outdoor enthusiasts.  Prior experience strongly encouraged; not for beginners.  *Strong English language skills required.


    Key Course Components:
    • Scene assessment
    • Patient assessment
    • Identifying life threatening injuries
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Caring for injuries and illnesses including

    stopping bleeding
    cleaning and caring for wounds
    managing and splinting fractured bones and joints
    snake bites

    • Safely moving patients
    • Injury and illness prevention
    • Long-term injury and illness management
    • Improvised litter construction
    • Environmental emergencies
    • Honing assessment, critical thinking and decision skills
    • Practicing technique

    Study required before and during course.

    **Final written and practical exams.


    Internationally recognised WFR and CPR certification from SOI

    WFR certifications are valid for two years and recognised by other reputable wilderness medicine education providers.  Recertifications must be completed within three years of last course, and re-taking the entire WFR is encouraged every six years to maintain the highest level of proficiency and competency.

    The Wilderness First Responder is the quintessential course to prepare students to manage a medical emergency.  Beyond teaching students the skills to treat patients, this course provides an emphasis on properly assessing the situation and building the skills to determine the correct plan of action and carry it out.  A great amount of time is devoted to honing skills and techniques through practice scenarios.

    ‡Fully-catered tented accommodations are available.


  • Risk Management and Crisis Response (RMCR)

    RMCR no CPR - 24 hours 

    What: Developing strategies for accident prevention and care for your organisation.
    Who: Organisation managers.


    Key Course Components:
    • Developing better accident and illness prevention strategies
    • Providing evacuation guidelines and criteria for staff in the field
    • Setup and activation of evacuation plans
    • Coordinating and managing time and resources effectively during a crisis
    • Developing the confidence and experience required in today’s litigious world to be able to make the right call at the right time
    • Developing strategies to train and manage staff in emergency preparedness
    • Developing improved skills to deal with crisis, challenging client situations, and fatalities
    • Determining the needs of individualised, program specific, first aid kits
    • Understanding basic assessment and care strategies for a wide array of injuries and illnesses from immediate needs through extended or postponed evacuations
    • Basic understanding of improvised splints, stretchers, and other available technologies to aid emergency response


    IWM and RMCS certification from SOI

    What are your guides trained to do in emergency situations?  How do you respond to support their efforts?  Are you prepared to break the news of tragedy to a client’s family at home?  What resources do you have in place to improve outcomes?  These are common questions tour operators, program managers, guide service owners, land managers, and many other supervisory/management level personnel have.  With these questions in mind, Sentinel Outdoor Institute offers a course specifically designed for company supervisors, managers, and owners with an emphasis on operations in East Africa.

    ‡Fully-catered tented accommodations are available.


  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

    TNCC - 16 hours
    What: Presents core-level knowledge, refines skills, and builds a firm foundation in trauma nursing.
    Who: Registered nurses, other health care providers may attend as observers.

    Key Course Components:
    •The Trauma Nursing Core Course and Trauma Nursing
    •Epidemiology, Biomechanics and Mechanisms of Injury
    •Initial Assessment
    •Airway and Ventilation
    •Brain and Cranial Trauma
    •Ocular, Maxillofacial, and Neck Trauma
    •Thoracic Trauma
    •Abdominal Trauma
    •Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
    •Musculoskeletal Trauma
    •Surface and Burn Trauma
    •Special Populations: Pregnant, Pediatric, and Older Adult Trauma Patients
    •Disaster Management
    •Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma Care
    •Transition of Care for the Trauma Patient
    •Demonstration of the Trauma Nursing Process Station

    Skill Stations
    •Trauma Nursing Process Teaching Stations
    •Airway and Ventilation Interventions Teaching Stations
    •Spinal Protection, Helmet Removal, and Splinting
    •Physical Assessment Station

    Successful completion of the course includes scoring 80% or greater on the multiple choice examination and demonstrating all critical steps and 70% of the total points in the evaluated skill station the Trauma Nursing Process.

    TNCC Certification from Emergency Nurses Association
    Verification will be issued from ENA upon successful completion of the evaluated psychomotor skill station and the multiple choice examination. Expiration of verification will occur four years from the last day of the month in which the card was issued. ENA does not offer certification on any level as related to completion of this course.

    The magnitude of trauma as a national and international problem is documented by data that identifies injury as being the primary cause of death in persons under age 45. The optimal care of the trauma patient is best accomplished within a framework in which all members of the trauma team use a systematic, standardized approach to the care of the injured patient. Emergency nurses are essential members of the trauma team. Morbidity and mortality of trauma patients can be significantly reduced by educating nurses to provide competent trauma care. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and its constituents have the responsibility to facilitate trauma-related, continuing education opportunities for nurses who provide care to trauma patients.


  • Leave No Trace (LNT)

    LNT - 4 hrs

    What: An overview of outdoor ethics and methods to minimize impacts - world standard in outdoor travel.
    Who: Anyone who spends time in the outdoors or works with outdoor groups.


    Key Course Components:
    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Leave What You Find
    • Minimize Campfire Impacts
    • Respect Wildlife
    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors


    Internationally recognised LNT Awareness certification from the LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics

    We all benefit from the outdoor environment and it is important that we all care for it as well.  As the number of individuals visiting the outdoors increases, so does the impact.  We must respect wildlands, the rights of other users and those of future generations.  The Leave No Trace Principles foster an understanding of our natural systems and methods to minimize our impacts in the outdoors.