Online, hybrid & Zoom wilderness first aid & wilderness first responder certification.

No travel. Top-rated. 17000+ students on 7 continents since 2021.


Why Students Choose Survival Med


Online self-paced classes let you move at your own pace

Enhanced video scenarios build real-world patient assessment & treatment skills

Innovative hands-on skills assignments via video & Zoom build muscle memory without in-person training


Our mission: to prepare everyone everywhere to respond to emergencies

Cost-effective hybrid platform saves $100s to $1000s in tuition

No travel or lodging costs saves you even more


Aligned with industry-standard curriculum used by all reputable wildmed schools

Up-to-date first aid techniques taught by medical faculty

Two-year WFA & WFR certifications accepted by Natl Assn for Search & Rescue, National Park Service & many others

Wilderness First Aid & Outdoor Safety Basics

Introduction to basic principles of wilderness medicine & outdoor survival

For shorter, less challenging trips when emergency help is nearby

100% online video classes - no hands-on practical skills assignments

Two-year certificate of completion

16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification used for solo and group outings + many seasonal & outdoor jobs

For more challenging trips where help is hours/days away

Self-paced online classes + hands-on skills reviewed via video & Zoom

Widely accepted two-year certification

For MTB riders, trail runners and ultramarathoners

Learn to assess injuries, improvise care, and decide if you need outside help

Self-paced online classes + hands-on skills reviewed via video & Zoom

Wilderness First Responder Certifications

80-hour gold-standard certification for trip leaders, guides, search & rescue + solo adventurers in tough or remote settings far from help

Comprehensive clinical curriculum

Self-paced online classes + hands-on skills reviewed via video & Zoom

No prior medical training required

Widely accepted two-year certification

Recertify any active WFR certification from any wilderness medicine school

Efficient & fast-paced - recertify over a weekend

Self-paced online classes + hands-on practical skills reviewed via video & Zoom

Widely accepted two-year recertification

Specialty Outdoors First Aid & Safety

Canine Wilderness Emergency First Aid


Age-Specific Child Drowning Prevention


Test your knowledge with realistic wilderness emergency scenarios

Practice the same SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan) protocol used in medical emergencies around the world

1:1 Practical Skills checkoff builds knowledge & skill

Learn our 43-point physical exam protocol, spinal assessment techniques, & practice using everyday items to control bleeding, stabilize  potential spinal injuries + arm and leg fractures, including compression bandages, tourniquets, splinting methods and much more.

Video classes teach 9 essential practical skills

Natalie practical skills demo

Demonstrate mastery using family, friends or coworkers as "patients"

Get detailed 1:1 feedback on your video and photo submissions

Sample of Survival Med physical exam feedback

Widely Accepted WFA & WFR Certifications

Survival Med Wilderness First Responder Certificate

Accepted by National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, National Assn for Search & Rescue, ACA/PaddleSports (American Canoe) and many other governments, non-profits, organizations & businesses.

NOTE: As a matter of policy, federal & state agencies do not endorse specific wilderness medicine schools or programs.

Partial List of Employers & Orgs Who Accept Our Certificates

Natl & State Parks
  • Olympic National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Rainbow Bridge National Park
  • Bighorn Canyon National Park
  • New River Gorge National Park
  • Katmai National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Aniakchak National Monument
  • Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary
  • The Presidio National Park
  • North Bend State Park
Search & Rescue
  • National Assn for Search & Rescue (NASAR)
  • Salt Lake County Sheriff's SAR
  • Yosemite SAR
  • Rio Grande SAR
  • Lewis & Clark County SAR
  • Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit
  • Rhode Island Canine SAR
  • Colorado Forensic Canines
  • Kauai SAR
  • Huntsville Search Dog Unit
  • Fremont SAR
  • Southern Nye County SAR
  • Brunswick NC SAR
  • Desert Angels SAR
  • Red Rock SAR
  • Taylor (FL) Wilderness SAR
  • DeSoto County Sheriff's Dept
  • Camden County Land SAR
  • SAR Canine COOP
Govt & Education
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Montana Board of Outfitters
  • WV Div of Natural Resources
  • PA Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources
  • Department of Defense
  • NASA
  • NOAA
  • Global Organization for Wilderness Medicine Education
  • Univ of Minn Medical School
  • Univ of Colorado
  • Univ of Tennessee
  • Univ of Utah
  • SUNY at Cortland
Orgs & Business
  • American Canoe Assn/ACA PaddleSports
  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
  • Yellowstone Forever
  • NorCal SUP Groms
  • ACE Adventures
  • Scenic Eclipse
  • Local Sierra Club chapters
  • Geological Society of Oregon Country
  • Tahoe Junior Freeride
  • Boy Scouts of America (varies by role)
  • Exodus Outdoor Adventures
  • Piedmont Wildlife Center
  • Latijas Golf Resort
  • Over The Edge
  • American Queen Voyages
  • Discovery Christian Church
  • Seacoast Church
  • Team Rubicon

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Discounts & fundraising tools for businesses, organizations, teams, clubs & non-profits

Emergency response volunteer

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State, regional & local SAR teams & Community Response & Preparedness Teams

National Guard firefighting helicopter

Military Discount Program

For active-duty, retired, veteran & reserve members of the armed forced & their families & friends