Wilderness Medicine Training

We believe that leadership is learned and developed when you experience it firsthand. In our program, students gain real, hands-on experience leading others through a variety of outdoor activities. The Wilderness Leadership Program emphazises outdoor education, understanding how we impact the environment, how to effectively use risk as a tool for learning, and experiencing the natural world around us by using the outdoors as our classroom. Students will gain soft skills such as group facilitation and peer leadership, as well as the hard skills required to guide technical outdoor activities such as rock climbing, paddling, backpacking and more.

All courses are designed to encourage personal growth, lifelong fitness and recreation, effective group interaction skills, and fun. The Wilderness Leadership Program also strives to instill in participants an ethic of minimal impact while in the outdoors and a better appreciation of the wonders of the natural world. Our courses range from our yearly Guide School to wilderness medicine and whitewater rescue training.


Wilderness Medicine

The Wilderness Leadership Program collaborates with the Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to provide high quality, challenging and intensive wilderness medicine training courses. Developed by a faculty committee of medical professionals, the WMI curriculum has the most up-to-date and relevant content on the market, period. These courses will teach students to think critically and see beyond the checklist so they can anticipate and prevent emergencies. Be prepared for the stress of an actual emergency with our hands-on training that balances theory with experiential learning.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

If you plan to spend time in the backcountry you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. This course serves as an introduction to wilderness medicine, long-term care, and provides the skills necessary to make basic medical decisions in the backcountry. Class days will run all day on Saturday and Sunday. A more detailed syllabus will be provided closer to the time of the course.

NOLS WFA Details

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

If you plan on working in the outdoor recreation field, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is commonly referred to as “the standard” of medical training for all wilderness professionals. The Wilderness First Responder course dives deeper into long-term patient care, splinting, evacuation strategies, and more. This nine-day course includes hands-on learning from experienced wilderness medicine professionals, and includes intense yet practical scenarios to develop your skills. Class days will run all nine days on campus. A more detailed syllabus will be sent to students closer to the time of the course.

NOLS WFR Details

Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR-R)

In order to maintain one’s Wilderness First Responder certification, WMI and RecSports offer a refresher course that recertifies students, instead of retaking the 9-day WFR course. This 3-day course uses scenarios and practical exams to review the hands-on skills learned during the WFR course, and provides students with updated wilderness medicine practices. After completing the recertification course and passing the practical and written exams, students’ certifications are valid for an additional three years. Class days will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday on campus. A more detailed syllabus will be provided closer to the time of the course.

NOLS WFR-Recert Details


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