WOW.they are organized and have it together. Great river adventure.
$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)
To see a more in-depth overview of the course click here
January 6 – 10, 2020
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 photocopy of your WFR certification card & your current EMT card(s).
- A signed copy of our agreement. Click here to download a copy
- Course materials
Our lunches vary based on current supplies, but expect a smorgasbord of picnic foods such as deli meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, dips, chips, pickles, and cookies. Iced water will be available during the trip with tea and lemonade available at lunch. Because of our remote location, specialty foods are more difficult to obtain. Should you have a specific dietary requirement, please notify our office at least 48 hours prior to the departure date.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The WFA course is pre-approved for 16 hours of EMT CEU’s by CECBEMS.
Upon successful completion of practical and written exams, you will receive a NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification, valid for two years.
The WFA may be used to recertify a WFR or WAFA certification.
If you hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification from WMI, SOLO, or WMA, you will receive a NOLS Wilderness First Responder certification upon successful completion of your WFA 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 NOLS WFR certification. This letter of completion may allow you to recertify with your original certifying organization. You should contact that organization prior to your NOLS Wilderness Medicine course to ensure that our course will meet their requirements for recertification.
All WFR students who would like to recertify are required to submit a photocopy of their WFR certification card on the first day of 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.
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.
The format for this 16 hour Wilderness first aid course 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.
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.
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.
Lodging special at Far Flung casitas! $139 per night, double occupancy for WFA students. Find a partner and your very own casita is only $70 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.
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 a half mile west of the intersection of Highway 118 and FM 170 in Study Butte/Terlingua. Click here for more detailed travel instructions.
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.
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.
Smoking and/or the use of alcohol is prohibited in the classroom or during class training sessions.
Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly FUN! We learned so much about the area as we rode to the river. Yummy snacks were provided, too. We would definitely use Far Flung again for any type of tour!
We had a great time on our canoe trip down the Santa Elena canyon! The guides were helpful and informative. The trip was beautiful! We appreciated that the trip was very organized and well run.
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!