Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is one of the most intense and comprehensive first aid courses available to those with no medical background. This course is based on Wilderness Medical Society Guidelines and medical best practices.
This course consists of all thirty-three lectures, demonstrations, videos and slides found in the traditional, onsite, two-day, sixteen hour Wilderness First Aid certification course. Additional bonus content to include downloadable handouts and checklist are made available to you in this course. You will have the opportunity to test your new knowledge with graded quizzes and practice your skills in scenarios provided in this course
This course will teach you to identify and manage life-threatening injuries and knowledge and skills to identify and treat injuries and illnesses when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is hours if not days away.
The Wilderness First Aid Course - also known as WFA and pronounced “WOO-FA” is a significant time and financial commitment. The traditional, onsite course alone is two days long of lecture, demonstration and practice. The course does not usually take place in the city you are living, so almost all students have to spend a day traveling to the class and then staying a night or two in a hotel, and then there are travel costs and meals. With WFA classes costing north of $250 - when you add in travel, hotel and meals a typical student will spend $400 - $600 plus an entire weekend.
A WFA course crams many of the concepts taught in a First Responder course into the two-day course. Many students complain that there is so much information thrown at them during a WFA course that they feel like they are “drinking from a fire hose attempting not to drown.” I felt that way when I completed my WFA certification years ago. I wondered after I graduated how much information I really retained and if I was really ready to render medical care if I needed to.
This course will save you time, it will save you money and since it is self-paced, it will give you the time to absorb the material - plus this course uses a method that makes learning, understanding and retaining first aid easier. But more on that in a later
Who takes this course? Well, there are three types of people.
- People who want the deep first aid knowledge that a WFA course provides but do not require a certification.
- Preparing to attend a WFA Course. These are people who know that WFA is a cram course in first aid and they want to prepare so when they attend the course they don’t have to spend all their time heads-down furiously writing notes. And when they graduate from the course they will have the confidence and competence to be able to render first aid when they need to.
- Continuing Education. For those who have graduated, this school is part of their continuing education during their twenty-four month certification. First aid is a perishable skill. This course keeps your skills fresh.