Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)


An entry-level course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments.

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban 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.


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Courses currently available:

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) (4 days):


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11-14 January 2020

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Course Costs:

WAFA: $595 plus taxes & booking fees

Pay a non-refundable deposit of $200 (+taxes & fees) to hold your place and the remaining balance will be taken 30 days prior to the course start date.


$595.00 plus GST & online booking fee
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
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes Description
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 (WAFA) and Adult CPR. Your certification is valid for three years. The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.
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. No previous first aid experience is necessary.
Pay a non-refundable deposit of $200 (+taxes & fees) to hold your place and the remaining balance will be taken 30 days prior to the course start date. Please press 'Book Now' to enter our online booking system.
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.
If you are using this course to re-certify a WMA or WEMT if is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class. To recertify your current WMA International WAFA certification, you may take the Open Recertification course, retake the WAFA course or upgrade to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) by taking a Bridge (WAFA to WFR) course. Certification is valid for three years.
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Please visit the WildMed webpage for full information. For general questions, please call Amy on +1 (866) 929-3539 or e-mail [email protected].

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