wilderness first aid

Wilderness first aid

Target Audience

This is an advanced first aid class designed for individuals/ groups going into the wilderness (~2+ hours away from 9-1-1).  It is of particular importance for Boy Scouts and Trail Life scouts that participate in backpacking/ high adventure activities, especially trips to Philmont Scout Ranch.

The class is designed for non-healthcare providers, but healthcare providers going into the wilderness should also take the class.  (It is recommended that the students of this class are certified in CPR AED prior to the class and are at least 14 years old.)

Primary Concepts in the Class/ Structure of the Class

  • ~2/3 of the class is lecture
  • ~1/3 of the class is hands-on
  • Initial assessment
  • Physical assessment
  • Treatment
  • Evacuation decisions
  • Includes improvisational techniques since one cannot pack everything in their hiking backpack
  • Advanced first aid for wound care
  • Numerous splinting techniques with practice on how to do them
  • Wilderness first aid kits
  • Medical emergencies for the wilderness
  • How to handle different types of wilderness aspects, such as altitude, critters, etc.
  • Other

Class Formats

  • Classroom Format

    • Students complete the required topics of the of the book as well as any optional topics the students want to cover as well
    • Cognitive, practice, and testing
    • 18+ hours, depending on number of students, pace of the class, number of optional topics completed, etc.
    • 4+ students required per class unless special pricing and special arrangements are accounted for
    • $150 per student, includes the student textbook (price for 4-9 students)
    • $250 per student, includes the student textbook (price for less than 4 students) (student(s) must provide enough volunteers to complete the class since there are less than 4 students)
    • Class at the convenience of your location
  • Skills Session

    • Classroom format is not finished/ started and the student completes the testing within the requirements of the certifying association
    • $75 per person, does not include the student textbook
    • Class at the convenience of your location


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