WALS Offered During Whitewater Expedition in Hells Canyon


Hells Canyon
Photo courtesy: Winding Waters River Expeditions

Winding Waters River Expeditions in Joseph, Oregon is hosting a Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) course through Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) International. The unique course will take place over 6 days on a rafting trip on the Snake River through Hells Canyon, September 4 – 9, 2013.

The WALS course is WMA International’s most advanced level course for medical professionals. This 6-day, 36-hour course is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in disaster or crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and innovative ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. Physicians, physician assistants, and other ALS certified professionals may receive up to 36 hours of AMA PRA Category I Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society. The learning environment on a river trip will be challenging, stimulating, and fun. (More info about WALS).

– Multiple scenario opportunities, both on and off the water
– Group is immersed in the experience (no cell phones, computers, or other distractions)
– Discussion opportunities will extend beyond the 36 hours in class
– Group bonding and networking opportunities


Course Details

Where: Snake River through Hells Canyon
Course Length: 6 days and 6 nights
Dates: September 4 – 9 (arrival is on the evening of Sept 3rd)
Participants: physicians, residents, and other advanced care medical practitioners
Instructors: Jeff Isaacs, PA-C & Dr. Kaare Tingelstad, DO
(Jeff Isaac is WMA’s Curriculum Director and author of WMA’s standard WFR & WALS textbook, Wilderness and Rescue Medicine. Dr. Tingelstad is a practicing emergency room physician in Wisconsin.)
Cost: MD/DO ($1,995), PA/NP ($1,885), Other ($1,840)
Course Size: Limited to 18 participants
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2013

Click here for course information including an itinerary and registration info.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *