Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Course Description

This is a 72-80 hour course that covers and expands the principals and practices of the first two levels. It introduces many of the common medical problems that you may encounter in a wilderness environment. It is a course designed to give you the tools to make effective evacuations decision and to more effectively deal with long-term care and infection prevention.

It is the requisite certification for outdoor leaders and professional guides. This is a performance-based certification.


Dates TBD



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 Course Includes

  • All Meals and Snacks
  • Beach Camping Accommodations
  • Course Materials
  • Professional Instruction

 Extra Course Options

  • Reduced Rate on Accommodation at Rock Island Lodge B&B Before and After Course. Use Code: COURSEGUEST.
  • Meal Adjustment (contact us if you wish to bring your own meals)

 Certification Notes

Successful completion with certification for all courses is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. We are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Course Content

 General Content Information

  • Practical Scenarios
  • First Aid and Wilderness Emergency Care
  • Leadership & Liability
  • Wilderness First Responder Scope of Practice
  • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Homeostasis
    • CNS structure and function
    • Circulatory System structure and function
  • Patient Assessment System
    • Scene Survey
    • Primary Survey – drills & practice
    • Rapid trauma Survey
    • Secondary Survey – scenarios / drills & practice
    • Patient interview, SAMPLE, OPQRST
    • Vital Signs/ Recording / Interpretation
    • Physical Assessment Focused or Head to Toe
  • Rapid trauma assessment
  • Neuro assessment
  • Chest Auscultation
    • Documentation
  • Basic Life Support
    • Airway management and evacuation considerations
    • CPR in the Wilderness
  • Traumatic Injuries
    • Head / Chest / Abdomen / Spine – practical scenarios
  • Shock: Recognition & Management
  • Patient Stabilization and Evacuation
    • Patient Positioning / Carries – drills & practice
    • Spinal structure and function, cord injury
    • Spinal Cord Injury Management – drills & practice
    • Managing the spine injured patient over a long evacuation
    • Spinal assessment
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Assessment of Limb threatening injuries
    • Sprains / Strains / Fractures / Dislocations
    • TIP, reducing dislocations
    • Traction Splinting
    • Immobilization & Splinting Techniques – scenarios / drills & practice
    • Issues
  • Environmental Emergencies
    • Heat Illnesses / Hyperthermia
    • Cold injuries / Hypothermia – practical scenario
    • Drowning / Near Drowning
    • Animal / Reptile Issues
    • Lightning
    • Allergies, Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine – practical scenario
    • AMS / HACE / HAPE
  • Acute Abdominal Pain
    • Medical Emergencies
    • Abdominal Assessment & History Gathering
  • Scenario / Assessment Drills / Study
  • Wound Management in a Remote Setting
    • Guiding Principles
    • Short Term / Long Term Care
    • Penetrating Injuries
    • Burns / Blisters / Eyes / Teeth
    • Practical Skills / Drills & Scenarios
    • Water Disinfection – What Works / What is Available
  • Medical Problems
    • Diabetes
    • Seizures
    • Medications
    • Practical Scenarios
  • Common Expedition Problems
    • UTI / Blisters / Constipation / Diarrhea / URTI
  • OTC Medications
  • Case Studies
  • Leadership and Incident Command
  • Large scale Scenario

Meals and Accommodations

The course is based from our Paddling Center and Rock Island Lodge B&B on Lake Superior, near Wawa. Meals are hearty and healthy and with enough notice we can manage many special diets including vegan, gluten free, etc. Accommodation options include camping on our beach, double and single accommodations at the lodge and there are plenty of accommodations available in Wawa, a 10 minute drive.

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We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please email us at [email protected] or phone 1-800-203-9092.