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Wilderness First Responder

Photo by Jack Pennington


Whether you are a backcountry trip leader or merely a frequenter of the outdoors, the ability to react quickly and effectively in a crisis situation may prove to be a matter of life or death. Class participants who satisfactorily complete this 80-hour training will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification, which is the industry standard for commercial outdoor leaders and guides.

Taught by expert instructors from NOLS Wilderness Medicine, the curriculum includes standards for urban and wilderness care situations, and emphasizes decision making and injury prevention. Some of the topics covered include CPR, dehydration and heat-related injuries, shock, spine and head trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management, environmental emergencies, and common expedition problems.

Trip Highlights
  • If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers

  • Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions

  • You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments


Introductions:  Wilderness vs. Urban
Patient Assessment System

Spinal Cord Injury
Lifting and Moving
Spinal Immobilization & Litter Packaging
Chest Injuries
Focused Spinal Assessment
Head Injury
Athletic Injury
Fracture Management
Traction Splinting    
Wilderness Wound Management    
Hypothermia, Frostbite and Non-Freezing Cold Injury
Heat and Hydration
Altitude Illness    
Bites and Stings
Leadership, Teamwork, Communication

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Altered Mental Status
Acute Abdomen    
Allergies and Anaphylaxis
SAR, Evac, and Emergency Plans
Mock Rescue
Mental Health
Urinary and Reproductive
Communicable Disease
Medical Legal 

Common Problems Wrap-up
Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits
Written and Practical Exams
Closing Ceremony

What's Included

Price for the class includes:

  • Our expert instructors from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
  • Nationally recognized Certification and CPR.
  • Park Entrance Fee Waiver.

What's not included

You are responsible for:

  • Food and camping gear.
  • Transportation to and from the canyon.
  • 11 nights of camping during class - an additional $50.00 per person.

Additional notes

Most of the instruction takes place in a classroom setting or in nearby wooded areas on the Rim.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend - unless attending with a parent or legal guardian.

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