Wilderness First Aid Certification
Wilderness First Aid Certification
Wilderness First Aid Certification

Wilderness First Aid Certification

Wilderness First Aid Certification

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.


Wilderness First Aid is a two day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. The course is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast or wilderness trip leaders who venture into moderately remote and challenging environments.. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

"The combination of hands on simulations, drills, and to the point lecture information made absorption of the medical information much easier and allowed me to quickly apply my newly learned skills"



Day 1 – 4 hours

  • Depart SDSU for Idyllwild at 5pm from ARC
  • Quick stop for dinner in Hemet
  • Arrive at Course Site in Idyllwild before 9pm
  • Assign Cabins and location of bathhouse.
  • Sleep well

Day 2 – 9 hours

  • Introduction/Registration
  • General Concepts
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Adult CPR
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Fractures
  • Stable Injuries
  • Splints – Extremities
  • Hypothermia
  • Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3 – 9 hours

  • Hyperthermia & Heat Illness
  • Near Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wounds & Burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lifting
  • Moving Extrication
  • Patient Carries
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Final Exam
  • Conclusion

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard Red Cross courses and other programs that are oriented toward the urban environment. This course teaches what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.

Class Format

This course is presented in 16-18 hours over two days. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to practical hands-on sessions. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments.

Course Sponsor and Instructor

Wilderness Outings of Idyllwild, CA and the Aztec Adventures Outdoor Program are the sponsors of this WFA Course. John Jacobs will be our Wilderness Medical Associates’ instructor. John has been instructing for WMA for nearly thirty years and has an amazing resume of outdoor experience.


All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes a book of lecture handouts, SOAP Notes, The Outward Bound First-Aid Handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide.

Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Certifications Available

All students who successfully complete the WFA course will receive WFA certification card, an Anaphylaxis certification card and Adult CPR certifications from Wilderness Medical Associates. These certifications remain valid for three years.


Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course sponsored by Aztec Adventures—no exceptions.

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Wilderness First Aid Certification

Packing List

What to bring

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, snow, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also need pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.

Course Policies

No dogs, no use of drugs or alcohol, closed toed shoes required at all times.


Transportation provided for SDSU Students enrolled in ENS 138.


Aztec Adventures will provide two breakfasts, snacks, hot drinks and two lunches. Dinner will be on your own in town on Saturday night. (The entire class and instructor normally go out for pizza together). Road meals on Friday and Sunday night are not included in the price.

Wilderness First Aid Certification

Hygiene & Comfort


We will be sleeping in cabins and have access to a shower house. Sleeping bags will be provided by Aztec Adventures should you need one. Please provide your own toiletries and towels.

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