Hybrid WFA Course | Big Island, HI
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 island of Hawai’i, also called the Big Island, is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size is awe-inspiring. Visitors can travel through all but four of the world’s different climate zones here, ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa. From the many geological features at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach, the island of Hawaii is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature.
We will hold our training at KMC, where participants can stay on site in a variety of options including shared barracks, individual dorm rooms, and separate multi-bedroom cottage homes/cabins for rent. Participants can book their own reservations at KMC using their website. Please use the “civilian rate” and mention WLS:MP as the sponsor. Click here to learn more.
The closest hotel option is the Volcano House (4 min drive, 20 min walk to KMC), the only hotel inside the National Park
There are also a variety of camping options within and around the National Park. Click here to learn more.
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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