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Wilderness First Aid

Hybrid WFA Course | Klamath River Rafting, OR

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 WFA Hybrid 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 both the WFA and CPR/BLS plus AED certifications, which are valid for two years.

Are you a medical professional wanting to join? Check out our WLS:MP course here!


This WLS:MP course/rafting adventure with Med Treks International begins in Ashland, OR. There will be one day of lecturing at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel before heading out on the Upper Klamath. From there, the real adventure begins. The Upper Klamath has a high desert Old West character. There is a pioneer flavor with canyon dotted with Native American and frontier relics, rapid names straight out of a Western, and a ride along an old stage coach track that winds through remote pine forests and beautiful meadows. In between rafting and class time, take part in hiking, fly-fishing, and deserved relaxation time. Come take part in this unique course opportunity before the dams along the river are removed, altering this landscape in unknown ways.


The materials below above are covered via 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

July 13, 2023 - July 16, 2023


July 13, 2023
July 16, 2023
Course Category:


MedTreks International


Course Location Type


Ashland Springs Hotel
212 E Main St
Ashland, OR 97520 United States
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(888) 795-4545
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