Salt Lake City – Hybrid
August 8$200 – $225
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.
This hybrid course is designed specifically for the busy WLS student. The course consists of 15 self-paced online modules to be completed prior to the course followed by a one 8-hour skills day. Modules have been crafted to test student knowledge in conjunction with the WLS digital textbook, with a customized learning profile that tailors the modules to best suit each individual students’ educational needs.
The dedicated skills day exceeds industry standards and offers students the most amount of hands-on learning from skilled and experienced instructors. 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.
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.
15 online modules to be completed at your own pace prior to the skills day
1 full day practical skills practice
8:00am – 5:30pm
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
To access your online course modules after you purchase this course, find them on Your Online Modules page.