5-Day Wilderness First Responder

5-Day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) provides essential training in wilderness medicine, leadership, and critical thinking for professionals, leaders, and outdoor adventurers to be successful in outdoor, low resource, and remote environments.

Study on your own. Train together.

Learn the general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine with an emphasis on identifying medical emergencies, critical thinking, and risk management. This course combines 30 hours of independent, pre-course textbook work and 45 hours of in-person training.*

  • Start from any skill level
  • Learn from licensed medical professionals
  • Gain valuable continuing education hours
  • Earn your WFR certification and BLS CPR certification

*Required training hours may vary based on country. Canadian courses require 80 hours of in-person training.

Dedicated to teaching practical medicine in remote and low-resourced settings — globally

Taught on all 7 continents

Our curriculum is taught by medical professionals around the world.

10,000+ trained every year

WMA International annually trains over 10,000 students and participants worldwide.

Hosts from every industry

Our hosts range from colleges, guide services, and summer camps to government agencies.

Practicing, licensed medical professionals

Our instructors are licensed medical practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Peer-reviewed curriculum

Our Medical Director and Curriculum Director review and edit our curriculum annually, keeping our practices current.

Training for remote adventuring

We prepare students with the skills, training and knowledge needed to face any challenge, anywhere.


Meet our hosts

Our classroom has no limits

Our globally accessible Wilderness First Responder courses integrate hands-on training, scenario-based learning, and expert-led instruction from experienced hosts all over the world.

World map of WMA course locations.
Students traveling to Wilderness First Aid class through rocky terrain.

Confidence for 
every journey

Gain essential skills for outdoor safety and leadership during the 5-day WFR course. This comprehensive, hybrid program allows you to dive into wilderness medicine, leadership, emergency protocols, and critical thinking. Textbook work is completed independently before attending five days of in-person training.

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Wilderness rescue students utilizing skills learned throughout courses.

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