No-travel WFR certification for outdoor leaders & adventurers, wilderness guides & search & rescue
90 Days Unlimited Access Includes:
Self-Paced Online Study
Hands-On Practical Skills
This course combines self-paced online study with 1:1 review and feedback of your practical skills via video and/or live Zoom scenarios and assignments.
Our certificates are widely accepted by employers and non-profits including:
- The National Assn for Search & Rescue (NASAR) for SARTECH II
- The National Park Service, including Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Bighorn Canyon, New River Gorge, Katmai, Rainbow Bridge, Lake Clark, Saguaro & more
- The U.S. Forest Service & U.S. Geological Survey
- The Montana Board of Outfitters
- Yosemite SAR, McMurdo Station SAR (Antarctica), Salt Lake County Sheriff's SAR, Rio Grande SAR & many other SAR teams
- Local and regional Boy Scout councils and troops (note: does not meet Philmont requirements)
- Local Sierra Club chapters
- And many other national state and regional agencies and non-profits
If you need your WFR certification for a job, we always advise checking with your supervisor. For example, different National Parks have different requirements.
Yes, we provide a W-EMT upgrade at no additional cost if you already have a current EMT license or current NREMT certification.
Your WFR course contains step-by-step instructions.
In a nutshell: you first successfully complete our regular WFR course. You then provide a copy of your current state license or NREMT certification. Upon verification, we upgrade your certificate to W-EMT.
NOTE: This course doesn't train you to become an EMT. It adds the Wilderness First Responder certification to your existing EMT license or certification.
If this is your first certification as a Wilderness First Responder, most students take about 3-4 weeks.
Of course, this varies for each person based on their schedule availability, reason for certifying, etc. You're free to go faster or slower.
Need to recertify? Check out our WFR Recertification course.
All lecture materials, knowledge checks, quizzes and SOAP Note assignments are online.
You'll also submit Practical Skills demonstrations like the physical exam, splinting and tourniquets via videos & photos on volunteer patients—usually coworkers, friends or family—for review, grading and feedback by our instructors.
No travel or in-person activities are required.
We're working on providing CEUs & CMEs. However, we don't currently offer continuing education credits.
Hands-On Practical Skills + Personalized Feedback
Expand your wilderness first aid skills to a broad range of high-stakes situations.
Master our 43-point physical exam, spinal assessment protocol, patient transport techniques and more.
Add the Live Zoom Scenarios & Skills Upgrade for 1.5 hours of small-group coaching & discussion led by our medical faculty.
Video classes teach patient assessment protocols plus spinal stabilization, splinting, tourniquets, compression bandaging and more
Submit videos & photos of practical skills using "volunteer patients" & get individual feedback from our medical faculty
Add Live Zoom Scenarios & Skills Upgrade for $50
90-minute live small-group scenario and skills coaching. Weekday and weekend sessions available. Discussion led by our medical faculty and tailored to participant priorities.
Wilderness First Responder Topics Covered
* advanced content not found in other in-person or hybrid Wilderness First Responder courses
Preview an actual Wilderness First Responder scenario
Test your knowledge with realistic wilderness emergency scenarios
Practice essential emergency assessment, treatment & evacuation decision-making
Includes Survival Med Challenge! webinars
Extra resources—at no extra cost
Free access to 50+ hours of advanced wilderness medicine podcasts—from knocked-out teeth to SAR incident command protocols & more!
Widely-accepted 2-year certificate
Accepted by National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, National Assn for Search & Rescue, ACA/PaddleSports (American Canoe), The Mountaineers, mountain rescue teams, ski/beach patrol, SAR teams, local Sierra Club chapters, guide & expedition businesses & many others
NOTE: As a matter of policy, federal & state agencies do not endorse specific wilderness medicine schools or programs.
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30-DAY HASSLE-FREE MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
Self-Paced Online Study
+ No-Travel Practical Skills Checkoff
Everything in Standard WFR Certification
+ 1.5 Hour Live Zoom Scenario & Skills Upgrade
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Survival Med Faculty
Natalie Bonthius, MD
Founder of Survival Med & Emergency & Survival Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
Carson Harper, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
Richard Ingebretsen, MD
Clinical Instructor & Wild Med U Program Director, University of Utah School of Medicine
Paramedic & Firefighter, Jackson Hole Fire & EMS and Grand Teton National Park
Robert Scanlon, MD
Quadruple Board-Certified Critical Care, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Physician