NOLS WMI Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.
This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.
You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!
No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.
Successful course completion earns you a WMI Wilderness First Aid Certification. Certifications are current for two years.
Should I take the WFR or WFA?
The WFA is a two day course that primarily focuses on the basic of how to respond to an emergency situation in a remote area. This is perfect for people who are on remote day hikes or shorter trips with friends. This class really focuses on the Patient Assessment System and how to start making decisions on patient care. The WFR is an industry standard for outdoor professionals with outdoor schools and guide companies. If you are leading a group in remote areas, this can provide you with more in depth knowledge and practice dealing with a variety of First aid situtations. https://www.nols.edu/en/about/wilderness-medicine/
Primary classroom will be held at Memorial Union in Madison-800 Langdon Street. We are not able to offer housing or camping for this course. There are hotels and hostels available nearby. Food is not provided, but is available for purchase in the building and at nearby locations to Memorial Union. There is a refrigerator and microwave to chill and warm food. https://info.wisc.edu/plan-your-visit/
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