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Wilderness First Aid

Hybrid WFA Course | Oahu, HI

Course Description:

Our Wilderness First Aid course is designed to provide an individual with an introduction to wilderness medicine and the basic skills to treat the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness. This program is appropriate for entry level professional guides and other non-medical people who want some basic understanding of wilderness medicine.

This Hybrid WFA course requires approximately 8+ hours of online course work. Following the completion of the online material a student will be eligible to attend the ~10 hours of hands on training. After taking this course you will be familiar with some of the most common backcountry problems. You’ll have some limited practice in evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. You’ll start to get a feel for what situations require medical assistance.

Upon course completion, students will earn the WFA certification, which is valid for two years.

This course will be taught alongside a WLS:MP course. If a medical professional, sign up for the WLS:MP course to earn CME/FAWM credit! For more information, and to register, click here.

The WFA course will be one day, August 5th, but students are welcome to join the WLS:MP course on August 6th.


The capital island of Hawai’i boasts over 600 square miles of mountains and beaches. The course will take place at the Bellows Air Force Station in Waimānalo, on the eastern side of the island. The area has gorgeous white sand beaches, snorkeling with near-guaranteed honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) sightings, several hole-in-the-wall but worth a stop eateries, roaming bands of wild chickens, and a handful of family-owned farms leafy and trendy “‘Nalo greens” destined for farmers markets and dinner plates.


We will hold our training at the Bellows Air Force station, where participants can camp on site. Participants will need to bring their own camp equipment, and please know that civilians will not be able to sponsor other civilians who are not taking the course to stay. There is a store, deli, gas station, restaurant, and rental shop on site. Click here to learn more about the location. If you are interested in camping at the station, please contact info@adventuremed.com for more details.


The materials below above are covered via online and in person didactic lecture, small group discussion, practical skills sessions, and live scenarios. Each topic will describe pathology, treatment, prevention, and provide evacuation guidelines necessary for high quality patient care. This curriculum is continually reviewed for best practice and the most up to date guidelines.

The WFA curriculum includes, but is not limited to topics such as:

  • Patient Assessment Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Abdominal and Chest Injuries
  • Wound and Burn Management (bandaging)
  • Fractures & Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
  • Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Motion Restriction
  • Near Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries and Prevention
  • Heat-Related Illness
  • Medical Problems in the Wilderness
  • Bites and Stings
  • Hypothermia & Cold-Related Illness/Injury
  • Evacuation Guidelines
  • Water Disinfection and Hydration
  • Improvised Litters & Carries

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August 5, 2023


August 5, 2023
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Bellows Air Force Station
220 Tinker Rd
Waimanalo, 96795
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(808) 259-8080
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