Hybrid Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Minimum Duration
20 hours e-learning / 18 hours in-person
Minimum Age
Minimum Cost
$250+ USD
Skill Level

The Wilderness Advanced First Aid is the perfect entry-level course for outdoor adventurers and outdoor professionals who may need to provide patient care when help is delayed for hours to days. The course focuses on basic lifesaving skills, patient assessment, field care for common injuries and illnesses, environmental illnesses, and proper reporting for rescue assistance.

Course Format

The Hybrid course includes a required e-learning section with 20+ hours of interactive online learning followed by 18-20 hours of in-person learning over the course of 2+ days. The e-learning section includes interactive learning modules with videos, readings, self-practice assignments, quizzes, and case studies. Students must register four weeks prior to the course to ensure adequate time to complete the e-learning section. Review the minimum technology requirements below.


The Wilderness Advanced First Aid course is a minimum of 36 hours of instruction when taught in the United States and 40 hours when taught in Canada. Hours vary in other countries. In-class learning involves lecture, discussion, patient assessment drills, simulations, case study review, and skills labs. Students learn to provide care when help is delayed for hours to days.


Prior to enrolling, please review our Functional Position Description. The criteria in this policy allow students to self-assess their ability to meet the demands of a WMA International course as well as the demands of a certified wilderness medical provider in the field.


This course is pass/fail. 100% attendance is mandatory. Evaluation is based on practical patient simulations, hands-on activities, and a written test. WMA International is committed to making reasonable accommodation for any student with special needs.


Certifications are valid for three years. Graduates of this course should take another WAFA course or consider upgrading to a Wilderness First Responder. On a case by case basis, WAFA students may re-certify in a Wilderness First Responder Recertification course.

Technology Requirements

High speed Internet Access
A computer with:

  • a PDF Reader
  • Anti-Virus Software
  • Internet Browser (latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge). Note- the system is NOT compatible with Safari.
Skills Taught
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR and AED use, basic life support skills, the patient assessment system, patient reporting, and calling for help
  • Treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including splinting and pain management.
  • Non-technical lifting, moving, and extrication of patients with an emphasis on spinal motion restriction when applicable.
  • Environmental medicine including illness and injuries related to temperature, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
  • Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
  • Management of wounds such as lacerations, burns, and blisters.  
  • Practical Skills including bleeding control, wound cleaning, bandaging, splinting, spine stable patient packaging, hypothermia management, medical kit preparation.  
  • WMA International wilderness protocols including treatment of anaphylaxis, wound management, CPR in a remote setting and spine injury assessment.
Certifications & Continuing Education

Course Options

Choose the Wilderness Advanced First Aid course that suits your learning style.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

All course work and training is completed entirely in-person with an on-site instructor through lecture, activities, simulations, and evening homework and review.

• 4-day in-person course.
•On-site with an instructor for the entire course.
• Internet access required for registration.



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