Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

WFR with CPR – 80 hrs
2/3 classroom : 1/3 scenarios

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 recognized WFR and CPR certification from Sentinel Outdoor Institute.   WFR certifications are valid for two years and recognized 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 technique through practice scenarios.

‡Fully-catered tented accommodations are available.