Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Venture Out offers a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training each year in January. People involved in outdoor activities (canoeing, backpacking, caving, hunting, fishing, rock climbing) or who plan to pursue an outdoor career should strongly consider this exceptional leadership opportunity. This course is open to all people of all ages and all experience levels, including MU students, high school students, boy and girl scout leaders, parents, teachers, medical professionals, and all other community members.

This course is taught by an instructor from SOLO Wilderness Medicine. This 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment. Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience and rescue scenarios. This WFA course can also be taken to re-certify those currently holding a WFR certification.

Our next WFA course will take place all day  January 11-12, 2020  (16 hours) on the MU campus in Columbia, Missouri. 

WFA Registration is currently full. Anyone who wishes to be placed on a waiting list can still fill out the registration form or sign up for Wilderness First Responder instead. WFR covers all of the material in WFA and more. 

  • Cost: $160/person ($100 non-refundable deposit required)
  • The deadline to enroll is December, 20th. You will be contacted about the course 1 or 2 business days after submitting your registration.
  • This WFA course is also the WFR Recert course. Cost is $180/person for the WFR Recert.
  • An additional CPR certification can be added for $40.
  • ORG Funding is available for recognized MU student groups.
  • Venture Out does not provide lodging or transportation for these courses.
  • No payment is required at time of registration.
  • Click here for information about the eight-day Wilderness First Responder course.



WFA Outline

  1. Response and Assessment
    • The Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
    • Universal Precautions
    • Patient Assessment System
    • Rescue Plan
    • Patient Lifting & Moving Techniques
  2. Orthopedics: Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
    • Sprains and Strains
    • Principles of Fracture Care
    • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  3. Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
    • The Human Animal
    • Cold Related Injuries
    • Heat Related Injuries
    • Backcountry Essentials
  4. 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