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NOLS Wilderness Medicine - Wilderness First Aid 2-day Course (WFA) - 21258

Saturday, Apr 13, 2024 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Sunday, Apr 14, 2024 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Payment Options:
WFA Course Registration Fee - Non Hoofer Member
WFA Course Registration Fee - Hoofer Member
Leader: Dan Dunne

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Description: The Wilderness First Responder (WFA) is a 16-hour certification course that will help you prepare for unexpected medical emergencies in wilderness settings. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care.Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. You will also leave the course with a certification that is valid for two years from the date of the course. The course is hosted by OutdoorUW and taught by seasoned NOLS instructors in a two-day format, from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments. To learn more about the curriculum please visit:

Should I take the WFA or the WFR? The WFA is a two-day course that primarily focuses on the basics 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 a 10 -day long course that is the industry standard for outdoor professionals with outdoor schools and guide companies..

Location: 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. 

* Several spots on this course will be reserved for Hoofer members. These spots will be released to the general public 1 month before the course start date *

Register below, call, or stop in the office if there are any questions about this course. Office hours are posted at For additional information or questions about this certification course please contact Dan Dunne 608-262-7445 

Hoofer Club Leader Scholarship/Grant: If you are a current Hoofer club member and are hoping to take on more leadership within your club you may qualify for a scholarship/grant to offset the cost of this course. Please submit your application as soon as possible by applying through the links on If you are awarded the scholarship/grant you will receive a follow-up email with directions on how to register for the course using a discount code.      

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15 days or greater prior to the course start date – Students may cancel the course, and will receive a refund less a $50.00 fee. Less than 15 days prior to the course start date – The course is non-refundable. Tuition in full is due at 15 days. Payment Policy If NOLS Wilderness Medicine is providing the registration service for your course, full tuition payment must be received by the cancellation deadline for your course. Failure to pay in full for a course by the deadline will result in the cancelation of your registration, and retention of all monies paid. For WEMT/MED/WME courses tuition in full is due 45 days prior to the course start date. For all other wilderness medicine courses payment in full is due 15 days prior to your course start. Attendance Policy Students are required to attend all class sessions and field exercises. Students may miss no more than 10% of the course hours. Review of missed curriculum or examinations is the student’s responsibility. Students with absences exceeding 10% of course hours will not be eligible for testing and/or certification. No refunds of tuition or course costs will be offered.
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Packing Checklist: > Notebook and pencil or pen > Watch with second hand or digital second > Sunglasses and hat > Water bottle > Headlamp > Light day pack > Waterproof outerwear top and bottom > Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions > Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes > Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional) > Kneeling pad or camp chair for classroom time (optional) > Frequently used outdoor gear/clothing that you can use for splinting/bracing practice (optional)
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