NOLS Wilderness First Aid
Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.
This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than 8 hours). You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.
- Patient Assessment System
- Emergency and Evacuation Plans
- Spine Injury
- Head Injury
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Musculoskeletal Injury
- Heat Illness
- Cold Injury
- Altitude Illness
- The Medical Patient
You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy or hot environments!
This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. It is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.
Duration: 16 hours (8:00am-5:00pm, with one hour lunch)
Minimum age: 16 years old.