Summary of the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course
The Wilderness First Responder is the definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. More details about the Wilderness First Responder Course can be found on the WTMC Page. Please note, this is a Standard Wilderness First Responder Course, not a hybrid.
The WFR program is the industry standard for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. More than 60% of the curriculum will be hands-on learning. This comprehensive and practical curriculum includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for day outings to multi-week expeditions.
The following topics will be covered during this 9-day, 80 hour course:
Basic overview of Body Systems
Basic Life Support
Evacuation and Wilderness Rescue
Common Expedition Medicine
Internal Outward Bound Applicants:
$500 Will Confirm Upon Registration - a few spots are being held for Outward Bound staff, interns and other internal applicants. For internal applicants, we will send you an invoice directly.
$150 (does not include meals)
Course Dates, Times, Location and Packing List
Course Dates and Times
October 3 - 11, 2019 8AM - 6PM
Class will begin at 8 AM each morning, lunch break between 12-1, with the afternoon session ending between 5:30-6 PM. Please come prepared and on time each morning. Occasionally some evening sessions may be required to catch up on curriculum.
The duration of course will happen on the Outward Bound California basecamp in the town of Midpines, CA, on Hwy 140, 45 min outside of Yosemite National Park.
If you select housing, Outward Bound California will provide basic accommodations for participants for the duration of their course. Housing will consist of simple quonset style 'Weatherports'. Each un-heated tent cabin sleeps 1-2 people on simple cots. Please provide your own bedding and/or sleeping bag. Showers, access to a common room, fully stocked kitchen and WiFi will also be provided.
*Please note meals will not be provided.
For Those Who Do Not Select Housing Option:
Participants who opt out of the housing option can find lodging in the town of Mariposa, 9 miles away or the Yosemite Bug Hostel 10 minutes down the road. There are also camping options nearby. You'll need to depart basecamp after the classroom portion concludes at the end of the day.
Participants must supply their own food as meals are not provided or included. All participants will have access to a microwave, small mini-fridge and coffee machine to store snacks and lunch items during the classroom setting.
Once you register and pay for a course, there are no refunds unless the course is canceled.
INFO FOR MINORS
We do allow minors to take the course - there are two additional things to note though. Because we do not have chaperones on site, we are unable to accommodate minors for the overnight option at our basecamp. They are a few options nearby - the most convenient with a great cafe is the Yosemite Bug. Secondly, minors will have a conversation with the WFR presenters to make sure the content will be appropriate.
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For Outward Bound staff and interns, please complete this form: Linked Here.