By Land - Land-based programs

We offer several land based programs including:

1. Wilderness First Aid

2. Backpacking course


  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.

Curriculum outline:

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Emergency and Evacuation Plans
  • Spine Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Shock
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Heat Illness
  • Scenario
  • Cold Injury
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illness
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis

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.

Cost: $250.00

Group size: Up to 30.


Hiking/Backpacking course

Whether you are going for a day hike on one of our local trails or attempting to summit a high peak in the Sierras, this workshop is for you.  According to the Outdoor Foundation 37 million people went hiking in 2015. At the same time, hiking is the third most common cause of injuries attributable to recreational outdoor activities according to the CDC. The injuries range from simple sprains to serious falls, but preparedness makes most of these mishaps preventable.  

In this one-day workshop we will go over pre-hike planning, equipment, trail etiquette, safety precautions, common injuries associated with hiking and their treatments. Beginners to experienced hikers will be exposed to essential skills and the knowledge needed to make hiking the extraordinary experience we all hope for.



  • Selecting your location, access, permit, etc.
  • Map of the area (GPS Way points with route)
  • Weather pattern for the time of the year
  • Leave No Trace Principles


  • Essential items
  • “Good to have” items
  • Emergency items
  • Clothing
  • ABCDE of packing your backpack
  • Tips, tricks and hacks!


  • Menu planning – Day hikes and extended trips
  • Shopping for food


  • Sprain and Strains
  • Blisters
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Cust, scrapes and abrasions


  • How to use a map and a compass
  • How to use a GPS


  • Building a shelter
  • Finding and purifying water


  • Square knot
  • Two half hitches

Cost: $ 125 (Includes lunch)

Group size: 10 participants