Pathfinder Wilderness First Aid
(2 day, 1 Night Course)
A Patch Qualification Course
The Pathfinder Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is based upon the latest release by Dave Canterbury and Dr. Jason Hunt entitled Bushcraft First Aid. This course will help you prepare for the unexpected in remote environments. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals adventuring in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care wherein you will learn to rely primarily on the emergency survival kit for treatment options. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
Course Topics Include but are not limited to:
Basic CPR, Patient Assessment; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stabilizing Injuries; Splints for Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine, Plant Medicine, Hasty Shelters and Survival with lots of practical skills.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you signup for the Medicinal Plant Seminar on June 10th & 11th and complete both courses; then you will receive the next level certification as a Wilderness First Responder.
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IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the WFA class is an intense class. This class will require hikes of 2+ miles at a time to learn medicinal trees and plants while also incorporating basic fitness for rescue personnel in possibly very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area. Water is available from jugs always located in Base Camp. The second day of the course you will be required to perform group rescues in a remote environment under stressful and physically demanding conditions.
If you suffer from a medical condition or chronic pain, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you have recently undergone surgery or a hospital stay within the last 30 days, DO NOT attempt this course until you have had more time to recuperate.
It is highly recommended that you physically prepare yourself at least a month in advance to this or any other Pathfinder course by hiking/ walking regularly (at least 3 times weekly) for 5K working up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins. As the premier school of self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare. It is strongly recommended to take the Basic class before taking an Intermediate or Advanced class (anything above the Basic class).
Non Patch Qualification Policy:
- When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Wilderness First Aid (by going for the patch); we do not allow anyone to remain in camp without instructors present. Should you be hindered in your ability to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to get you back in the game by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! But, should those efforts fail, you may be forced to tap out at which time you will need to leave the school grounds.
- If you quit (tap out) at any point during the course, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing your equipment so you may leave the school grounds.
- It is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.
- To those graduating from the course a WFA Patch and Certificate of Completion along with a Certification Card from ASHI shall be issued to you signed by the Instructional staff.
- To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
- Both documents note Continuing Education Units awarded for which some employers may offer educational benefits.
Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Young Adults 13 yrs old & older are full price. Children 10-12 yrs old attend FREE (one child per paying student).
- This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.
- Children under age 16 will not qualify for WFA Certification
- Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times.
- If your child is left in camp repeatedly or left alone to be cared for by staff, you will fail the class.
If you bring a minor that is not your child you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Download the form by clicking on this link -
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be NO camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the class concludes.
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