Wilderness First Responder
A fast paced, hands-on Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course the Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal training for for teachers supervising student travel and those students preparing for life at college, traveling internationally, to remote destinations, or taking on leadership roles on campus. Encouraged for all types of individuals wanting advanced training in practical and medical skills related to travel (students, educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, and those involved in serving disaster relief) the curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage issues in emergent situations, isolated, extended remote and/or extreme environments.
The 5-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation. Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course. See Description below.
Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.
- General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
- Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems: BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma
- Practical Skills: Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration
- Environmental Topics: Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche
- Musculoskeletal Systems: Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations
- Other: Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits
16 and Over. If under 18, a parent or guardian's signature is required.
$665 (a $250.00 supplement is required for students under 18 but everyone has this option.)
The supplement includes:
- All meals beginning with breakfast on June 8th ending with breakfast on June 13th
- Transportation from and back to Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD)
- Lodging from June 7th-June 13th
There will we a shuttle from O'Hare Airport airport departing at 4:00pm on June 7th and returning by 8:30am on June 13th. The cost of the shuttle $60.00 round trip or $30.00 one way. There are also many public transportation options from Chicago or Detroit and ride shares can be arranged with other students.
All students will be required to arrive no later then 8:00am the morning of June 8th.
RLT Leader Staff
Road Less Traveled Leaders working during the 2014 summer will receive a $100.00 discount.
Please call the office for more information. (800) 989-9839.
Prerequisites: 25 hours of pre-course work needs to be completed prior to June 8th.
On Recertifications: You will be required to attend June 10th through the 12th
Class size: Max number of 21 students total (this includes both full course and recertification students)
Our Wilderness First Responder Course involves 70-80 hours of training.
This field course is designed to educate you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Wilderness first responder training courses focus on teaching you to assess a situation, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the most effective way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment.
Group lectures, role play skill building and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will assist you in learning experientially.
Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather. Come prepared for a variety of outdoor conditions.
This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as our standard Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation.
Students will have access to the WFR Study Guide two to four weeks before the course starts. They are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, and tests. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site daytime training can focus on wilderness and rescue scenarios and practical skills. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.
The 5-Day WFR course has been through five years of development and testing. Conscientious preparation, studying, and time prior to the course is essential for success. This is not a short-cut version of our standard course.
Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Certification: Students are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade is required.
This instructional format, upon successful completion, provides students with a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR valid for three years. Successful course completion earns you Adult & Child CPR certification and Wilderness First Responder certification.
Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course.
College Credit: 3-4 semester credits may be available from participating colleges and universities.
Continuing Education Units: This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.
Lodging and Meals:
Camping can be arranged on site in tents provided by RLT. There are also a number of hotels in the area. Transportation to and from the hotel will not be provided. Meals are not provided, but an outdoor kitchen will be available for use.
Hotel Option: Baymont Inn and Suites Conference Center South Haven
1555 Phoenix Rd I-196 Exit 20
South Haven, MI, 49090