This is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. Essential for anyone who spends a significant amount of time in remote places, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. During this fast-paced, engaging course, you will spend half your time outside of the classroom in realistic scenarios, including a full-scale night mock rescue.
The intensive 80-hour curriculum is delivered by dynamic educators who have practiced medicine in both wilderness and urban environments. You will leave this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. This 10-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. WMI Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management certification is included.
- We normally host this class once per year, usually in January between the fall and winter academic semesters. Our January 2015 class is finished and we don’t anticipate having this course again before early 2016. Check the nols.edu website under WMI (Wilderness Medicine Institite) for courses in your area should you wish to take this class before early 2016.
- This is an 80-hour class. The class will meet each day from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and there will be two evening sessions and one full day off in the middle of the course. Further details of the class schedule (which days will have evening sessions, and the day off,) will be discussed by the instructor with the class on the first day.
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- Hourly parking is available in front of the Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area for a prepaid fee of $1 per hour. The parking meter accepts coins, small bills (up to $20), and credit cards. Additional paid parking is available at the Botanical Gardens parking lot a 1/2 mile east of Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area on Centennial.
You will need: a large daypack with multiple layers, water bottle, waterproof top and bottoms, sturdy boots, head lamp or flashlight and a watch with a second hand. A 4-hour evening, outdoor mock rescue is part of the curriculum, so dress accordingly.
NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON SITE
Pre-Course Access to College Credit
The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $165. Thirty days prior to the WMI course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from WMI.
On-Course Access to College Credit
The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through the University of Utah for an additional cost of $300. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please inquire with your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.
2. If you are unable to participate due to injury or illness, you must submit a written request for a transfer or a credit along with a doctor’s note. No refunds will be issued! Requests will be reviewed by management and if a transfer or a credit is issued it will be minus the $25.00 registration fee.
3. If we cancel an activity due to insufficient sign-ups, inclement weather, or other unforeseeable circumstances, you can transfer to another available activity of equal value or receive a full refund or a credit including the $25.00 registration fee.
4. All other refund requests must be submitted in writing, and will be reviewed by the management with no guarantee of receiving a Credit, Transfer or Refund.
5. Credits are not redeemable for a refund at a later date. They remain valid for 6 months and are good toward any activity at Cal Adventures. You may transfer the credit to another individual by submitting a written request to our offices.