Wilderness First Aid Certification

When: WFA Course, May 9-10, 2015 from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Where: Keystone Science School

Cost: $265

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For more information, contact Ian McCluskie at (970) 455-4230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Course Outline
Fast paced and hands-on, the two-day Wilderness First Aid course is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.

This 16-hour course will be taught by seasoned instructors from the Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) over two days. The course will take place entirely at the Keystone Science School, located in Keystone, CO. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

No previous first aid training is required. Participants must be 16 years old to attend, and all participants under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian. Upon course completion, participants will earn a WMI Wilderness First Aid certification, which is current for two years.

Topics include:

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Evacuation Plans & Emergency Procedures
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits
 

Recertification
This course may also be used to recertify WMI Wilderness First Responder and WMI Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. Participants using the WFA to recertify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical examination. Please click here for more information on recertification.

WFA Course Schedule

Saturday
Morning

  • Introductions
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Initial Assessment
  • Patient Exam, Vital Signs, Focused History
  • Documentation

Afternoon

  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Head Injury
  • Shock
  • Wilderness Wound Management
 

Sunday
Morning

  • Focused Spine Assessment
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Heat

Afternoon

  • Cold Injuries
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illness
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Anaphylaxis
  • The Unconscious Patient
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits
 

Transportation, Meals and Lodging
Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from the KSS campus each day. There is a free public transportation system throughout Summit County. More information, including schedules and bus routes, can be found at www.summitstage.com.

This course does not include meals or kitchen access. Participants will need to bring a lunch and snacks on both course days. Lodging will be available in our cabin dormitories at $75.00 for Friday and Saturday nights. Participants may stay for just one night, however, the full $75.00 lodging fee is required. The Keystone Science School will not include meals or kitchen access.  Our dormitories have bunk beds and restrooms.  Please bring bedding and toiletries.

Suggested Accommodations

Arapahoe Inn
22859 Highway 6
Keystone, CO 80435
970-513-9009
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Comfort Suites
276 Dillon Ridge Road
Dillon, CO 80435
970-513-0300
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La Quinta Inn & Suites
560 Silverthorne Lane  
Silverthorne, CO 80498
970-468-6200
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Quality Inn & Suites
530 Silverthorne Lane
Silverthorne, CO 80498
970-513-1222
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For more information, contact Ian McCluskie at (970) 455-4230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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