Wilderness Advanced First Aid - WAFA with Wilderness Medical Associates

wilderness-advanced-first-aidWilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid – WAFA Course Description

    • Dates: Friday, October 19 – Monday, October 22, 2018 
    • Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00PM
    • Cost $399

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Sample Syllabus

Day 1 – Introduction/Registration; Systems Based Critical Thinking; Infection Control; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory & Respiratory Systems; Adult CPR; Basic Life Support

Day 2 – Quiz/Case Studies; Nervous System, Spine Management; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Lifts, Moves, and Extrications; Splints – Extremities; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3 – Quiz/Case Studies; Thermoregulation; Bites and Stings; Lightning; Elective Topics; Wounds and Burns; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Improvised Patient Carries; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 4 – Case Study Review; Elective Topic; Backcountry Medicine; Medical and Legal Issues; Patient Assessment Drills; Simulations; Final Exam; Conclusion


As part of Wilderness Medical Associates International’s commitment to your medical rescue training, instructors and management will consult your group’s needs and teach according to your group’s backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.


This course is scheduled for 4-days or 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years. The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books in this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes


Indoor & outdoor clothing pertinent for any Maine weather and not your Sunday best!  You will practice scenarios; could get wet, a little dirty and be laying on the ground for short periods of time.  Layering your clothing and bringing extra clothes along is a great idea.  Good footwear for any weather and comfortability for in and outdoors.  Notebook and pen/pencil and a watch for taking vital signs.


Successful completion with certification 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. Wilderness Medical Associates International  is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Course Details

Northeast Whitewater Lodge, Campground & Guide Service is located on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake in Shirley, Maine.  Tent Camping and Bunk Style Yurts are available for rental during the course.  Breakfast sandwiches are available for purchase each morning.  Plan to bring a bag lunch each day.  Dinner is on your own.  We are located between the lake towns of Monson and Greenville, Maine, where there are shops, restaurants, pubs and a grocery store.

For more information about our Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness Advanced First Aid course contact 207-695-0151 or info@northeastwhitewater.com.

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