Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standards for those who work in Florida and South Georgia’s wildlife, forestry, ecology industries as well as trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, outfitters, ski patrollers, etc. The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. The WFR is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice.

Wilderness First Responder: $695

Course Details

What is & is not included in the course fee?

$695.00/person includes tuition, training and course book for WFR course, certificate of completion good for three years and American Heart Association CPR training, good for two years. What is NOT included is room and board, meals, lodging, entrance to park (in applicable).

What do I need to bring?

Tailor your experience. What equipment would you normally have available in your own individual remote experience and situation? We encourage you to bring equipment specific to your circumstances, as we will use your equipment for scenario exercises. Such items might include: 1.) Items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip, 2.) sleeping bag and pad, 3.) t-shirts and/or 4.) Paddles and lifevests. NOTE: You do not need to purchase this equipment if you do not have, as this is only a suggestions. FOR CAMPERS: All personal camping equipment and/or recreational equipment (i.e., biking, kayaking, hiking, swimming, etc.)

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Client reserves the right to cancel with a full refund up to 30 days prior to the start date of the first day of training. Any cancellations within 30 days, all but a non-refundable $150 fee will be refunded. This $150 fee can be applied toward a future WFR training. Florida Outdoor Academy has the right to cancel within 7 days prior ro the start of each WFR training should we not fill each class with a minimum of six (6) registrations.

 

Is there an exam?

Yes. There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and written assessments/exams throughout the course. There will be an in-class, closed-book portion of the exam, where you will answer 7 essay prompt questions thoroughly. There is also an open-book, in-class portion where you will write an accident report, and an at-home writing assignment.

Topics on the WFR exam include: wilderness care for injuries (wounds, bone & joint injuries), heat illness, hypothermia & frostbite, altitude illness, and biological hazards: bugs, snakes, & water disinfection.

 

Do I get certified?

Yes. A WFR certification, which is good for three years and an AHA BLS certification which is good for two years.

 

Educational/Functional Job Requirements for Wilderness Medical Students and Providers

Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course.

 

Does the WFR count as continuing education?

The WFR typically counts as continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. Within the first year of completing a WFR, students may enroll in a WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get their WEMT certification (they must pass practical and written EMT exams). Call 352-727-4733 for further information.

Course Topics

  • Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
  • A & P of the Cardiovascular System
  • A & P of the Central Nervous System
  • A & P of the Gastrointestinal System and Genitourinary System
  • A & P of the Integumentary System
  • A & P of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Altitude-Related Injuries
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Bites & Stings: Animals & Plants
  • Bivouac Skills
  • Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease
  • Body Systems: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Burns
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Changes in Level of Consciousness
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Trauma
  • Cold-Related Injuries
  • Common Expedition Problems
  • CPR Considerations in the Remote Environment
  • CPR Practical Exam
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Dislocations & Reduction Techniques
  • Drowning-Related Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Fractures & Splinting Techniques
  • Group Preventative Medicine
  • Head Trauma
  • Heat-Related Injuries
  • History Taking & SAMPLE
  • Improvising Litters
  • Leadership in a Backcountry
  • Emergency Lifting & Moving Techniques
  • Lightning-Related Injuries
  • Long-Term Patient Care
  • Long-Term Management of the Shock Victim
  • Long-Term Wound Care
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies and Patient Assessment
  • Medicolegal Issues
  • Mock Rescue
  • Organizing the Rescue
  • PAS in the Extreme Environment
  • Patient Assessment System (PAS)
  • Poisoning
  • Primary Survey: “The First Five Minutes”
  • Prudent Heart Living
  • Role of the Wilderness First Responder
  • Secondary Survey & Vital Signs
  • Shock & Bleeding Control
  • Shortness of Breath
  • SOAPnote & Getting Help
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Bandaging Skills
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Splinting Practice
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Techniques of CPR & CPR Skills
  • The Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Use of Epinephrine
  • Wilderness Stabilization & Bivouac
  • Wilderness versus Urban First Responder
  • Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam
  • Wilderness First Responder Written Exam
  • Calendar link

Reviews

Kiara Yee
Kiara Yee
01:26 29 Aug 19
I took the SOLO Wilderness First Aid bridge to recertify my WFR with the Outdoor Academy and it was awesome! The instructor was very helpful and encouraging. The class was fun but also very informative. I would highly recommend them.read more
Serena Evans
Serena Evans
16:57 03 Aug 19
I did my WFR recert course and it far exceeded my expectations. Rachel was an amazing instructor and the practical aspect of the course was both informative and fun. I would highly recommend Florida Outdoor Academy.read more
Meaghan Blackman
Meaghan Blackman
16:23 03 Aug 19
What an amazing time we had at Jacksonvilles Florida outdoor academy! I took the wilderness first aid class and not only did I learn a ton, we had a great group, and amazing instructors.You can truly see the passion that the instructors have and helping others!Their love for the outdoors and for our ecosystem!Cant wait to get recertified in two years! I highly recommend this class !read more
CARLOS CABRERA
CARLOS CABRERA
15:45 03 Aug 19
If your looking for a Wilderness first aide class.This is it. I took the class cause I have two boys and we are outdoors as much as possible. The class was highly informative and very interactive. I feel very confident that if something happens to the boys or anyone else in our group I’ll be able to help and not be just a spectator. Thank you for offering this course! My wife is next.read more
Danielle S.
Danielle S.
12:29 28 Jul 19
Excellent staff, incredibly valuable lessons, take your outdoor education to the next level with these guys
Kevin Bandy
Kevin Bandy
12:21 27 May 19
The Wilderness First Aid course was a crucial component for our team and Rachel and Garret at Florida Outdoor Academy made the experience amazing. Rachel assessed our needs in a few conversations and gave us Garret as an instructor. Her instincts were spot on correct. Garret created supportive curriculum to make the scenarios pertinent to our unique envoronment. It felt like they really “got” us. Highly recommend. Genuine Jedi staff.read more
Troop Twentyfour
Troop Twentyfour
23:33 23 May 19
Took the Wilderness First Aid course. Great course. They take what can be dry material and make it interesting and fun. They also take the subject matter seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously. Highly recommend them if you need certification in this or other wilderness certifications.read more
Zoe Cummings
Zoe Cummings
12:33 20 May 19
After taking the WFR recertification course with Florida Outdoor Academy, I feel more confident in my ability to handle emergencies in the Backcountry settings.
Adelaide Walker
Adelaide Walker
16:01 26 Mar 19
This WFR course was an incredible experience! The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and made the class enjoyable, while also instilling confidence in each student and their abilities. I would recommend this course to anyone.read more
Al Frosio
Al Frosio
16:10 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
AL Frosio
AL Frosio
16:06 24 Oct 18
5++ STARS!!!As an RN for 5 years, I was a bit skeptical about taking a first aid course...plus a bit shy. The truth is my experience and training as a nurse still left a lot to learn about how to be of real service in an emergency; outside the structure of the hospital. I went into nursing to care and respond to people in need, wherever I encountered them. This hit the nail on the head...I can say this was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The format of short specific training modules, followed immediately by field application- outside the facility, was PERFECT. The instructor, Catherine J was absolutely world class! Warm, engaging and super sharp! She delivered a lot of crucial lifesaving material in a short amount of time:)Honestly, I can't recommend this course and FOA enough. Thanks Catherine and FOA!read more
Logan Nolan
Logan Nolan
22:45 12 Sep 18
Florida Outdoor Academy was a wonderful educational resource. I was able to be certified in Wilderness First Aid(WFA) through their training from SOLO. Garrett and Cathrine were great instructors I would love to take another class!read more
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
14:12 21 May 18
I just finished my (SOLO) Wilderness First Responder re-certification course with the Florida Outdoor Academy. What a fantastic course! Luckily, as a professional guide and paddlesports instructor I have had very little opportunity to practice my wilderness first aid. This course was a fantastic reminder of best practices in case of an emergency while in the field (and/or at home!). The instructors, Rachel and Garret, were super-knowledgeable, professional, and personable. And added benefit for this course were the gathering of like-minded people who are getting outdoors and being mindful of their responsibility of sharing the natural world and being available to help others.read more
Catherine Jean
Catherine Jean
13:18 04 Dec 17
Great SOLO WFA and WFR recent course in Jax this past weekend. Instructors and organizers were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and welcoming. We had a good time learning how to save lives. Highly recommend!read more
TE Stewart
TE Stewart
17:27 23 Jun 17
Kudos to Florida Outdoor Academy for hosting a wonder, informative, and hands on learning experience.I attended the WFA course last weekend and came home with a wealth of knowledge. I feel confident that I can now utilize the tools at hand and treat/immobilize a variety of illnesses and injuries when the urban world is out of reach. Our instructor, Garrett came with an open attitude, positive energy, and taught in a way that made all the participants sponge in the info. If I was injured in a wilderness setting with the group in attendance, I know each and every one of them would also have the confidence to apply their new skill sets; I'd trust them to give me the first aid needed in a isolated environment.read more
Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
23:00 12 Dec 16
Took the Wilderness First Aid course, an excellent introduction to first aid and how to apply in the backcountry. Gave me a lot to think about and to practice. Lectures are interspersed with practical scenarios. Excellent pairing of instructors, they bring together two very useful skillsets. Highly recommended!read more
Don Sullivan
Don Sullivan
18:47 20 Sep 16
Excellent training and excellent teaching staff. Training is very intense and well thought out
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