Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

This course may be used to re-certify a NOLS WAFA or WFR certification.

This course does NOT include CPR.


$325 per student

Start time

Check in is at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course.
Course times are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

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Oasis Lodge at Far Flung Outdoor Center. Click here to see how to find us.


2 days (16 hours)

Course dates

January 5-6, 2023



More Info

To see a more in-depth overview of the course, click here

For course logistics specific to this class, click here

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.

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.

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