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Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR)

NOLS Sponser | Wilderness Medicine Institute


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  • Details
  • Course Information
  • Topics Covered
  • Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
Location:Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
Main Activity:Medical Training
Duration:10 Days
Skill Level:No Experience Necessary
Included:Tuition & Course Materials
Discounts Available for Groups & NonProfits
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The nationally recognized standard in wilderness medicine education

Wilderness First Responder courses provide students with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and mock emergency scenarios. Wilderness First Responder courses are sponsored by Channel Islands Outfitters and instructed by the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) WIlderness Medicine Institute.

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.

Amenities: Campsite & entrance fees are NOT included in the price, you will be promopted to chose if you want a campsite on checkout. Most student choose to camp together in the group site (Mohawk Shores). For an additional cost: cabin, yurt, and other housing are available on the County of Santa Barbara’s Website. There are restrooms and showers a short walk from our camping area (Mohawk Shores). While there is a general store at the lake for basic needs, a full grocery store is available about 12 miles away. For more information, feel free to call.

College Credit: 3-4 semester credits are available from WMI-affiliated colleges and universities. This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

Scholarship and Financial Aid: Individuals fluent in American Sign Language or Signed Exact English may be eligible to receive a full scholarship. We accept AmeriCorps awards for the WFR with college credit. WMI can process Veterans Benefits for WFR courses in Wyoming.

WMI | The Leader in Wilderness Medicine

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Communication
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Medical Decision-Making
Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors. Mild temperatures, typically sunny skies, and celebrated fishing conditions make camping here during winter months exceptionally rewarding. LEARN MORE FROM COUNTY OF SB

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