Wilderness Advanced First Aid
5 day course
Ready to take your wilderness medicine skills to the next level? Join us on the Wilderness Advanced First Aid course and immerse yourself in 5 days of intense training and learning with some of the best guides and teachers in the business. Get to grips with CPR, take part in a night rescue scenario and expand your skills and confidence as a guide!
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$405 per student
Check in is at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oasis Lodge at Far Flung Outdoor Center. Click here to see how to find us.
5 Days (40 hours)
January 6 – 10, 2020
To see a more in-depth overview of the course click here
Advance Your Wilderness Medicine Skills & Confidence
Up your wilderness game with our 40 hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, delivered by experienced wilderness experts via classroom lectures, practical scenarios, case studies and a simulated night rescue! You’ll receive extensive training across 5 days, including CPR from some of the best in the biz. The course is ideal for all kinds of outdoor guides who lead trips and who may find themselves having to spend an unexpected night out in the open with an injured patient. At Far Flung we require all our guides to complete this course; it meets the minimum standards for National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. You’ll receive the best education available based on the most updated curriculum delivered in an intensive, hands-on format that consistently turns out confident, knowledgeable and highly capable guides.
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What to bring
Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on potentially wet, muddy, or snowy cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient.
Please bring sufficient clothing and equipment - as if you were going on a day hike with the possibility that you might have to overnight unexpectedly in the backcountry.
You will need to bring (minimum requirements): large day pack water bottle, quality rain gear, quality outerwear such as fleece, sturdy boots, headlamp or flashlight, a watch with second hand and a day pack.
A signed copy of our agreement. Click here to download a copy
A photocopy of your WFR certification card & your current EMT card(s).
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualification will I gain from this course?
The WAFA course is pre-approved for 32 hours of EMT CEU’s by CECBEMS.
Upon successful completion of practical and written exams, you will receive a two-year WMI of NOLS Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification and a two-year CPR certification.
Can I take this course to re-certify my previous wilderness medicine certification?
The WAFA may be used to recertify a WFR certification.
If you hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification from WMI, SOLO, or WMA, you will receive a WMI WFR certification upon successful completion of your WAFA course.
If you hold a current WFR certification from any other wilderness medicine organization you will receive a letter of course completion in lieu of a WMI WFR certification. This letter of completion may allow you to re-certify with your original certifying organization. You must contact that organization prior to your WMI course to ensure that our course will meet their requirements for recertification.
All students are required to submit a photocopy of their WFR certification card on the first day of the course.
There is a one-year grace period for recertification of WMI cards. Please keep in mind that you are not current during this grace period and therefore cannot work as a Wilderness First Responder.
Who will teach the course?
All of our wilderness courses are taught by fully qualified EMTs who carry a wealth of practical, hands-on experience in wilderness medicine. They’ve been delivering these courses since 2000, so you can bet they have plenty of teaching experience to go along with all that specialist knowledge.
Do I need to sign anything before I arrive?
Yes, you will need to download, sign and bring with you a copy of our agreement for the first day of the course. Click here to download a copy.
Please read it very carefully as it affects your legal rights. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document. Failure to provide a signed document will result in you not being able to participate in the course. WMI participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the WMI program and are at the sole risk of the participant.
What is the class format?
- The format for this 40-hour WAFA is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, skills practice sessions, case studies, role-playing and simulated rescues.
- Attendance is required for all scheduled classes.
- Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside.
- Stage blood and make-up will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario.
- This course will involve a night scenario on the Thursday evening of class. You will be asked to participate in this training exercise, regardless of the weather.
Does this course include Continuing Education Credits?
WMI is proud to be a Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) accredited organization.
Current EMTs are eligible to receive 32 CEU hours for their WMI WAFA course.
Please bring a photocopy of your current EMT card(s) with you to your course.
How do I register for this course?
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve a space on the course with the tuition balance due 48 hours prior to the first day of class.
Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.
Where can I stay during the course?
Lodging special at Far Flung casitas! $149 per night, double occupancy for WFA students. Find a partner and your very own casita is only $75 per night!
Should you wish to camp while attending the class, $15 per night will get you use of the Far Flung campground, showers, restrooms and our nice outdoor kitchen.
How do I get there?
The course will be held at the Oasis Lodge on the campus of the Far Flung Outdoor Center. Far Flung Outdoor Center is located on FM 170 about half mile west of the intersection of Highway 118 and FM 170 in Study Butte/Terlingua. Click here for more detailed travel instructions.
What is the cancellation policy?
Prior to the first day of the class, the deposit of $50 is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Within 48 hours of the class or during the class, the tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Are pets allowed?
Please note that pets are not allowed for the duration of the course and cannot be kept in a vehicle on the Far Flung campus.
Is smoking and drinking permitted?
Smoking and/or the use of alcohol is prohibited in the classroom or during class training sessions.
Get Out & Explore
Fresh coffee & merch
While you’re at the Far Flung Outdoor Center, start your day off right by indulging in a fresh cup of coffee, homemade muffins, bagels, and kolaches at our on-site coffee shop. Once you’re recharged and ready to go, head on over to our retail shop, pick up some merch, and head out into Big Bend wearing your new threads!