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The MED Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course makes use of lecture and practical-based learning both in and outside of the classroom, and is geared towards students who will be working, guiding, or recreating in remote locations with others.


The concepts and skills taught in this course will prepare you to prevent, identify and stabilize a diverse range of injuries and illnesses associated with recreation in remote places where adaptations to harsh environments, limited access to resources and communication, and personal/group safety must be made.


Beginning with patient assessment, this course helps establish a foundation for students to make informed decisions during emergency situations when far from definitive healthcare systems.


Topics covered in our Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course include an in depth overview and practice of:


Inclusion of additional topics and descriptions beyond what is listed can be discussed and agreed on upon request.

  • Wilderness Medicine Theory & Legality

  • Patient Assessment

  • Documentation

  • CPR

  • Bleeding

  • Wilderness Wound & Burn Management

  • Shock

  • Chest & Lung Injuries

  • Cardiac Emergencies

  • Spine Injuries

  • Head Injuries



  • Neurological Emergencies

  • Cold Injuries

  • Heat Illnesses

  • Bites, Stings & Poisoning

  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis

  • Diabetic Emergencies

  • Lightning

  • Submersion

  • Altitude Illnesses

  • Abdominal Emergencies

  • Communicable Diseases & Camp Hygiene

  • Athletic Injuries

  • Fractures

  • Dislocations

  • Urinary & Reproductive System Issues

  • Long-term Patient Care

  • Emergency & Evacuation Plans

  • Common Wilderness Medicine Problems

  • First Aid Kits & Medications




Day 1: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 2: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 3: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 4: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 5: 8:00am-6:00pm

A 1 hour lunch break is provided each day of this course.

Customizations to this schedule can be made upon request.




Our Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course involves a minimum of 40 hours of contact time. No exam is associated with this course. 

Upon successful completion of the course components, a student is granted a 2 year certification.




No recertification course exists for this training. Instead, a student can participate in a new Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course and gain further certification.

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