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Wilderness First Aid

Coastal Carolina University is happy to sponsor a Wilderness First Aid course with CPR offered through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC) on May 7 - 9, 2010.

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What is a Wilderness First Aid certification?

A Wilderness First Aid workshop is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of medical care in a wilderness setting. The course focuses on Basic Life Support skills, minor trauma and selected environmental topics, the spine assessment and ruling out process, allergic & toxic reactions. As with all WMTC courses, the majority of time is spent in hands-on skills practice and simulations; lecture in the Standard courses is limited to basic anatomy and physiology. There is no formal testing in the standard WFA. A completion card is given to each participant at the end of the course. WFA courses are accepted by the American Camping Association (ACA) for camp programs that are close to standard EMS assistance and by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). While the course includes instruction in adult CPR techniques, due to time constraints CPR certification is not included.


Why should I take a WFA?

Because you spend time hunting, fishing or simply away on trips in the backcountry. Because you are not always in cell phone range.  Because you work brings you to care for others in a wilderness setting. Because you would like to work for an outdoor program or a summer camp that offers outings. Because you want to be more marketable as a guide, instructor or outdoor leader. Because you aspire to lead trips for Chanticleer Outdoor Adventures or another program that requires a minimum of a WFA. Because you need to get a First Aid certification and CPR and want to get more out of your course.


What should I expect from this course?

Courses offered by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. are rigorous and require your full attendance and participation. You may find them mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding.


Class time may exceed ten hours per day plus homework. You should be comfortable

reading technical information, be able to write clearly, be able to communicate easily with other people, and you should be physically capable of lifting and carrying a minimum of 50 pounds without injury and moving safely in the outdoors in rough challenging terrain and environments without supervision. You are expected to bring the functional outdoor clothing that will protect you from the environment while participating in simulations. During simulations, skills practice, and some demonstrations you will be acting as a patient and as a rescuer; this requires you to touch and be touched by others during a patient exam and subsequent treatment. To protect your personal space you must wear your bathing suit (jog bra) and/or shorts under your simulation clothing for all PAS Labs; they will NOT be cut. Simulations may take place in water, on rocks, on uneven terrain, on steep slopes, on snow and in rain, snow, wind, or bright sun. The course does NOT require you to put yourself at risk of injury or illness. If you feel at risk at any time and for any reason during the course, STOP your participation in the activity and bring your concerns to the course instructors. Make a plan to address your concerns and resume your participation once you feel safe. Therefore, during your participation in any Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. course, you are responsible for your emotional and physical safety at all times.


The Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. agrees to present skills and techniques according to the practice guidelines established by the Wilderness Medical Society, the National Association of EMS Physicians and the spine management guidelines established by Peter Goth, MD. The Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. is not liable if you do not adhere to those standards in a field situation. Nor does the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. authorize you to use the skills presented. Your authorization will need to come from a licensed medical control (usually a physician advisor) or the agency that hires you and gives you permission to use those skills. If you have successfully completed a certification course (WEMT, WFR, WAFA, or Review) taught by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc., you will receive a certification card from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. This card acknowledges that you have successfully demonstrated the skills presented during your course according to the above practice guidelines at the time of your course. It does not certify that you will be able to continue to perform at that level. It is your responsibility to stay current with both your understanding and practice. Most medical control personnel require certification as a baseline for authorization.


You will receive a Wilderness First Aid card from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, Inc. A workshop card states that you were present during the entire workshop. Although the material presented during the workshop will be based on the practice guidelines outlined above, you will not be tested and the card does not certify your ability to perform to those standards. A workshop completion card meets the Labor & Industries, Boy Scouts of America, American Camping Association, and other state and federal 16-24 hour first aid requirements.

Location: Course will take place at Coastal Carolina University. Class location TBA.



Students, staff and faculty pay $185 before April 15, $195 after that.

Public pay $235 before April 15, $250 after that.

Lodging and transportation:

Lodging options include hotels, camping and couch surfing.

For camping and couch surfing, please contact Rates are between $5 to $25 per night.

These hotels are available within walking distance.  The weekend of the course is graduation weekend, early reservation is recommended.


Comfort Suites at the University

2480 US Hwy 501 East

Conway, SC  29526

(843) 347-9292

Quality Inn at the University

2376 US 501 East

Conway, SC 29526

For more information or to register for the course:

Genevieve Marchand


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