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Online Wilderness First Aid 16-Hour Certificate Course



100% online format available worldwide for all ages

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Sierra Club, Forest Service, American Canoe Assn, NBC, Fox News, NASAR, Natl Park Service, OSHA

next “Be READY” online simulation workshop: wed 3/22 8-9 PM ET

next wilderness first aid webinar + LIVE Q&A: Wed 3/29 7-9 PM ET

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Sneak-preview one of the Medical Case simulations included in this course

Same gold-standard curriculum used by all U.S. wilderness medicine schools

90 Days of Unlimited Access

Expanded Practical Skills

Immersive video simulations

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Widely-accepted 2-year certification

Extra resources—at no extra cost

University of Utah
"You helped me save his life."
“Last week, I was on a hike with my five-year-old cousin when he was stung by a bee and had an anaphylactic reaction. I am so glad I took your WFA course. I was able to help him take both doses of his epi pen, something I learned from you guys. I just wanted to write to you guys and let you know that you helped me save his life. Thank you for everything you’re doing.” ~M. Hein, 2022
"The interactive scenarios were incredible."
As an EMT and Search and Rescue Member, I wasn’t sure how useful the Basic Wilderness Survival class would be, especially online. But I was humbled. I learned so much practical information in just a few hours and realized there are many areas that I was weak in. The interactive scenarios were incredible and I felt like I was right there. I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone who spends time in the outdoors.” ~J. Rodriguez, 2022
"My son and I took this class."
"I am so glad my son and I took this class. He and his buddies are at an age where they like to explore on their bikes in the backcountry. Many places have a minimum age, so I am glad for his class through you there is none. I feel better about him going out with friends and am hoping his friends get their Wilderness First Aid as well." ~M.A. Ferguson, 2022
"Their method of teaching & testing the practical skills is so creative..."
“I’ve had my EMT license for 10 years and I’ve always been interested in wilderness medicine. I decided to take the virtual Wilderness First Responder course so I could get the Wilderness EMT certification. I am so glad I did it through Survival Med. The virtual option was great because I could do it in the evenings, on my own time. I could review the material as much as I wanted and spend my time on the topics that were most interesting to me, like altitude illness and hypothermia. I saved almost 1.5K by taking this online. I cannot thank you guys enough.” ~B. Zellmer, 2022
"I loved that it was completely self-paced. I’ve watched it three times."
“I took the Basic Wilderness Survival course and absolutely loved it. I learned so much and I loved that it was completely self-paced. I’ve watched it three times. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s fantastic whether you have a lot of experience in the backcountry, or if you’re just getting started.” ~L. Sanchez, 2022
"...Conducting this training remote was as effective as in person."
"This course was exactly what I was looking for. The capability of conducting this training remote was as effective as in person, when you are being evaluated skills performance recordings, written exams, scenario based testing it prepares you to succeed. I will continue training with the skills learned, and the best part is I have access to the materials to refresh and practice/review as often as I need. Let alone the time I was able to take and go at my own pace to absorb the materials. Thank you SurvivalMed!!!!" ~R. Schneider, 2022
"I have to admit, I was skeptical."
I wasn't sure how it would compare to the in-person classes I've taken in the past. But this was extremely well-done. I liked being able to learn the material at my own pace. It made me realize how inefficient some of the in-person classes can actually be. I feel like I've retained much more of the information, especially the skills I'm most likely to end up using. I'll be referring the rest of my search and rescue team to this class. Thank you! ~Mary H., search and rescue team member

Wilderness First Aid Course Topics

Lectures, live Q&A, interactive scenarios, self-tests and hands-on at-home practice covering:

Injury Assessment & Basic Life Support

Mountain bike crash

MARCH & SAMPLE patient assessment, neck & spine stabilization, simple CPR, Heimlich maneuver & more

Common Outdoor Medical Problems

Applying a tourniquet

Musculoskeletal & bleeding injuries, impalements & dental injuries, anaphylaxis & more

Terrain, Temperature & Weather Hazards

Snowy Colorado mountains

Dehydration, hypothermia, fires, storms, altitude, avalanches, earthquakes, riptides, drowning & more

Wildlife Attacks & Injuries

CO snake

Bears, mountain lions, snakes; bites & stings; infectious & waterborne disease prevention

Basic Survival Skills & Methods


How to wayfind, avoid getting lost, signal for rescue, find & treat drinking water & more

Learn to improvise medical care with everyday items

CPR & Heimlich maneuver

Neck brace


Hypothermia wrap


Basic life support

Dressing a wound

Bleeding pressure points

Tying a tourniquet

CPR & Heimlich maneuver

Neck brace


Hypothermia wrap

Basic life support

Dressing a wound

Bleeding pressure points

Tying a tournique


Learn to improvise medical care with everyday items

CPR & Heimlich maneuver

Neck brace


Hypothermia wrap

Basic life support

Dressing a wound

Bleeding pressure points

Tying a tournique

Learn to improvise emergency care with everyday items

CPR & Heimlich maneuver

Neck brace


Hypothermia wrap

Basic life support

Dressing a wound

Bleeding pressure points

Tying a tournique

Frequently Asked Questions


Both online and in-person Wilderness First Aid Courses use the established “Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice.” People tell us that they choose Survival Med because:

1. It’s affordable

In-person WFA 16-hour courses typically require 2 days + travel. Tuition is usually several hundred dollars + travel costs and time off work or away from home.  In contrast, the Survival Med online program is affordable and time-saving.

2. You learn at your own pace

You can easily review sections or go deeper on topics related to your specific outdoor interests. 

Many people say that the online format makes it easier to remember what they’ve learned.  They also feel that in-person classes sometimes try to cover too much in too short a time.

3. It’s convenient.

The interactive webinars are available on multiple dates. You’re welcome to join as many as you wish. Or watch the recordings any time you wish, as many times as you wish.

4. Interactive scenarios

Our course includes realistic interactive video simulations that develop your understanding and judgment, just like an in-person class.

5. At-home hands-on skills practice

In-person classes often involve standing and watching while selected students perform techniques. In-person time is limited, so even if you want to practice a particular skill longer, you can’t.

Our individualized instructor feedback is very detailed and customized to your Practical Skills demonstrations. We point out what you’re doing well, provide  “pro tips” on the finer points, and tell you if you made mistakes and how to fix them. It’s a level of individual attention that’s rarely found in-person.

Our format means you practice hands-on skills for as long as you wish, to develop muscle memory for emergency situations.

Students have told us that because they’re practicing at home, they get even more creative about how they can use everyday objects to improvise medical care.

No. For our interactive webinars, you do not need the Zoom app, a Zoom account, a webcam, or a microphone.

To submit your practical skills, you’ll need any device that can record video and audio, such as a phone or laptop.

FYI, we never put people on the spot by calling on them to answer questions during any of our live classes.

Students from all seven continents have taken our courses. 

We recommend choosing the region that best matches the area where you live or hope to travel. 

For example, the Southwest U.S. Wilderness First Aid course is a good fit for very hot, dry, desert areas. 

Our Mountain West course is a good fit for cold, snowy, icy mountainous areas.

No. There is no age restriction.  All ages are welcome.


Our Wilderness First Aid certification and recertification are also widely accepted by numerous governmental agencies, non-profits and businesses including:

  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR—SARTECH Level 3)
  • National Park Service
  • USDA Forest Service
  • American Canoe Association/ACA PaddleSports
  • Local Sierra Club chapters
  • OSHA (contact us to arrange the separate CPR certification)
  • The Mountaineers
  • Expedition and guide companies
  • State and county emergency management, law enforcement and search and rescue departments
The Survival Med Wilderness First Aid 2-year Certification is the only certification accepted by the University of Utah’s Associate in Wilderness Medicine program.

This course does not meet in-person training still required by a limited number of groups such as the Boy Scouts of America and American Camp Association. We always encourage students to check with their employer if they need certification for job-related reasons.

Participants have reported receiving tuition reimbursement from many federal, state and local government agencies, guide and expedition companies, and others.

Click here to download the detailed course curriculum for your manager or HR department’s review.

Contact us if you’d like us to explain what the course covers to your employer.

No. To earn certification you only need to attend the Wilderness First Aid class OR complete the self-paced video classes, receive satisfactory grades on  your Practical Skills demonstrations, and pass the course exams.

Yes. To certify you need to:

  • Complete either the live webinar OR the recorded self-paced version.
  • Pass all knowledge checks.
  • Submit your practical skill photos and videos for instructor approval.
  • Pass the final medical video scenario and exam.

Survival Med Faculty

Dr. Natalie Bonthius

  • Founder of Survival Med
  • Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
  • Certified Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support Instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Kevin Grange

  • Firefighter & Paramedic, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS & Grand Teton National Park
  • Graduate of famed UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program
  • Award-winning author of Wild RescuesLights and Sirens, & Beneath Blossom Rain

Dr. Carson Harper

  • Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
  • Class Five Whitewater Rafting Guide
  • Mountain Bike Medic
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Wilderness First Aid instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Dr. Richard Ingebretsen

  • Emergency Room Physician
  • Clinical Instructor, Univ of Utah School of Medicine
  • Program Director, Univ of Utah “WildMed U”
  • Former Associate Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Salt Lake City UT Sheriff’s Search & Rescue

Dr. Robert Scanlon

  • Board-Certified Physician in Critical Care, Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)