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Durango, CO – Traditional

August 15 - August 16

$200 – $300

The mission of AdventureMed is to create competence in wilderness medicine, enabling responders to prevent and effectively manage emergency medical situations outside traditional medical facilities. The Wilderness Life Support (WLS) certification is designed for the outdoor enthusiasts, day hikers, or world travelers with little to no previous medical experience. The Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) recertification is designed for outdoor professionals who have already taken a Wilderness First Responder Course and are looking to stay current with their certification.

This class will be taught in conjunction with our BWLS: WFR Recert and WLS: WFA courses. Theses courses follow a very similar curriculum for daily lectures and practical skills scenarios. Students taking the WFR Recert will be tested with a written exam and a practical skills exam at the end of day 2. Students taking the WFA course will take the WFA written exam only.

After taking this course, you will be familiar with the most common backcountry problems. You will have practice in evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. In addition, you will become more familiar with what situations require evacuation or how best to manage treatment with limited resources.

Practical workshops and scenarios are an integral part of this curriculum. Classes will often integrate hands-on workshops with group hikes to simulate the wilderness context. Most of the practice scenarios are based on real-life incidents that our instructors have managed as professional rescuers or encountered in their own backcountry adventures.

Time Commitment:

2 full days of lectures and practical skills practice

8:00am – 5:30pm each day

Sample WFA Syllabus:

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient Assessment, Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Abdominal and Chest Injuries
  • Wound and Burn Management
  • Fractures and Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
  • Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Immobilization
  • Near Drowning
  • Lighting Injuries and Prevention
  • Heat-Related Illness
  • Medical Problems in the Wilderness
  • Bites and Stings
  • Hypothermia and Cold-Related Illness/Injury
  • Evacuation Guidelines
  • Water Disinfection and Hydration
  • Improvised Litters and Carries


August 15
August 16
$200 – $300
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Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Dr
Durango,CO81301United States
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2020-08-15 Traditional Durango WLS: WFA
$ 200.00
25 available
2020-08-15 Traditional Durango BWLS: WFR Recert
$ 300.00
15 available

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