NOLS Wilderness Medicine - Wilderness First Responder 10-day Course (WFR) - 18380
Monday, Jan 9, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Friday, Jan 13, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Sunday, Jan 15, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Monday, Jan 16, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Description: The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is a 10-day long 80-hour course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine. The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments. Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course. Certification: Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.
Should I take the WFR or WFA? The WFA is a two-day course that primarily focuses on the basics of how to respond to an emergency situation in a remote area. This is perfect for people who are on remote day hikes or shorter trips with friends. This class really focuses on the Patient Assessment System and how to start making decisions on patient care. The WFR is a ten-day course that is the industry standard for outdoor professionals working in outdoor education and/or as tour guides. If you are leading a group in remote areas, this course can provide you with more in-depth knowledge and practice in dealing with a variety of first aid situations.
Location: Primary classroom will be held at Memorial Union on 800 Langdon Street in Madison. We are not able to offer housing or camping for this course. There are hotels and hostels available nearby. Food is not provided but is available for purchase in the building and at nearby locations to Memorial Union. There is a refrigerator and microwave to chill and warm food. https://info.wisc.edu/plan-your-visit/
Important Covid 19 Update: After careful consideration, NOLS will be putting a student vaccination requirement into effect for all US-based courses, starting in November 2021. This decision is grounded in our commitment to our students, our staff, and our NOLS communities to provide reasonable protection against known and predictable risks and to avoid preventable harm. This policy also puts our practices into alignment with many hospitals, colleges, course venues, and partners across the United States. For more information, please visit the NOLS Program Notice
Hoofer Club Leader Scholarship/Grant: If you are a current Hoofer club member and are hoping to take on more leadership within your club you may qualify for a scholarship/grant to offset the cost of this course. Please submit your application as soon as possible by applying through the links on hooferleaders.org. If you are awarded the scholarship/grant you will receive a follow-up email with directions on how to register for the course using a discount code.
* Several spots on this course will be reserved for Hoofer members. These spots will be released to the general public 1 month before the course start date *
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- Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
- Cancelation & Refund Policy: 15 days or greater prior to the course start date – Students may cancel the course, and will receive a refund less a $50.00 fee. Less than 15 days prior to the course start date – The course is non-refundable. Tuition in full is due 15 days prior to the course start date. Payment Policy: If NOLS Wilderness Medicine is providing the registration service for your course, full tuition payment must be received by the cancellation deadline for your course. Failure to pay in full for a course by the deadline will result in the cancelation of your registration, and retention of all monies paid. For WEMT/MED/WME courses tuition in full is due 45 days prior to the course start date. For all other wilderness medicine courses payment in full is due 15 days prior to your course start. Attendance Policy: Students are required to attend all class sessions and field exercises. Students may miss no more than 10% of the course hours. Review of missed curriculum or examinations is the student’s responsibility. Students with absences exceeding 10% of course hours will not be eligible for testing and/or certification. No refunds of tuition or course costs will be offered for students who do not meet this policy.
- Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
- Packing Checklist: > Notebook and pencil or pen > Watch with second hand or digital second > Sunglasses and hat > Water bottle > Headlamp > Light day pack > Waterproof outerwear top and bottom > Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions > Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes > Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional) > Kneeling pad or camp chair for classroom time (optional) > Frequently used outdoor gear/clothing that you can use for splinting/bracing practice (optional)
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