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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

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Wilderness First Responder student puts a splint on a leg during the 2015 WFR night rescue simulation.

•  Our next WFA course will take place all day January 14-15, 2017 (16 hours) on the MU campus in Columbia, Missouri. 

•  Cost: $150/person ($95 non-refundable deposit required)

•  Registration is now open: click here to registerThe priority deadline to enroll is November 25, 2016, although registration will remain open through December. You will not be contacted about the course until after registration closes in late November 2016.

•  This WFA course is also the WFR Recert program. Cost is $170/person for the WFR Recert. The WFA course can act as a WFR recert for those holding current SOLO, WMA, or WMI/NOLS WFR certifications.

•  An additional CPR certification can be added for $35.

•  ORG Funding is available for recognized MU student groups.

•  Venture Out does not provide lodging or transportation for these courses. Comfort Suites offers a discounted rate of $67 per night. Call them at 573-443-0055 and say you’re coming for the Venture Out WFR or WFA course.


About WFA: WFA is designed specifically for groups and their leaders. This 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment. The WFA can also be taken to re-certify those currently holding a WFR certification. Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important part of this training.


Outline of what WFA covers:

      I. Response and Assessment

    • The Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
    • Universal Precautions
    • Patient Assessment System
    • Rescue Plan
    • Patient Lifting & Moving Techniques

II. Orthopedics: Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries

    • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
    • Sprains and Strains
    • Principles of Fracture Care
    • Spinal Cord Injury Management

III. Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills

    • The Human Animal
    • Cold Related Injuries
    • Heat Related Injuries
    • Backcountry Essentials

IV. Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies

  • Trauma – Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Wound Management
  • Bandaging Skills
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Shock
  • Change in Level of Consciousness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain