The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) is WMA International’s most advanced level course for medical professionals. This unique 6-day 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. Taught during a whitewater rafting trip in Hells Canyon, this constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and innovative ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating, and fun.
Where: Snake River through Hells Canyon
Course Length: 6 days and 6 nights
Dates: None currently scheduled - please check Winding Waters website for future dates.
Participants: physicians, residents, and other advanced care medical practitioners
Cost: MD/DO ($1,995), PA/NP ($1,885), Other ($1,840)
Course Size: Limited to 18 participants
Including R&B: All meals from breakfast on the 1st day to lunch on the last day. Lodging the night before your launch, as well as all camping gear on the river.
Round-trip transportation to and from the river. Outstanding, fully catered guide service, along with all necessary equipment
Summary: This unique course layout will ensure 36 hours of coursework spread over 6 days, with a mix of "on-river" and "lay-over" days. On-river days include the group moving from one river camp to another, whereas lay-over days remain in the same river camp. Time in camp to relax and hike will be woven into the course.
Day 0- Arrival Day (September 3rd): Arrive in Joseph, OR by 6pm for a pre-trip meeting with a WWRE guide to discuss trip logistics, meet group members and receive your personal dry bags for the trip. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 1- Launch Day (Sept 4th): (3 hrs coursework today) Breakfast at Chandler's Inn Bed & Breakfast, then depart at 7:30AM for the 2 hour scenic drive along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in the Winding Waters' van to the boat launch. At 11AM at boat launch, meet your guide crew, participate in a river awareness talk, board the rafts and begin your down-river adventure. Lunch will be served riverside. Arrive in camp around 4PM. Your WWRE crew will prepare a delicious dinner while you are in class.
Day 2- Lay-Over Day (Sept 5): (9 hrs coursework) Spend the entire day in camp in class. Be pampered by the WWRE guide crew as we see to your every need. Be prepared for delicious, locally sourced, and healthy food, as well as cold drinks, and our attention to any other detail you may need.
Day 3- On-River Day (Sept 6): (5 hrs coursework) Morning class supported by coffee, tea, juice, and a small breakfast. Following class, a larger breakfast will be served prior to departing camp by 10:30AM. Soak up the river canyon while navigating class III and IV whitewater. Arrive in camp around 4PM. Class this evening punctuated by a delicious riverside meal.
Day 4- Lay-Over Day (Sept 7): (9 hrs coursework) Again, spend the entire day in camp in class while the WWRE guide crew sees to all of your needs.
Day 5- On-River Day (Sept 8): (5 hrs coursework) Morning class supported by coffee, tea, juice, and a small breakfast. Following class, a larger breakfast will be served prior to departing camp by 10:30AM. Soak up the river canyon while naviating more class III and IV whitewater. Arrive in camp around 4PM. Class this evening punctuated by a delicious riverside meal.
Day 6- Half Lay-Over/Take Out Day (Sept 9): (5 hrs coursework) Spend the morning in class. Following lunch, a jet boat will transport the group down-river to Lewiston, Idaho where the WWRE van will provide transportation back to Joseph or to a hotel in Lewiston. If returning to Joseph, plan to return to Joseph by 6pm. Lodging this evening is not included in the trip cost.