5-day Wilderness First Responder Certification
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
The Wilderness First Responder workshop is hosted at ADK’s Wiezel Trails Cabin, located at 1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. This is an intensive five-day workshop that will teach students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help and dialing 911 is not an option. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive, yet practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. Class time will be spent both inside and outside in the rain, sunshine, or snow. Please be prepared for wintery conditions. Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.
The five-day format, in addition to the prescribed 45 hours of on-site training, requires the completion of the WFR Study Guide (entailing 25 hours of pre-course preparation) and the submission of the pre-course examination. The pre-course exam is due one week prior to the start of the WFR course. To ensure adequate time to complete these requirements, participants must register more than two weeks before the start date of the course. Students must complete all of the pre-course work prior to arrival. Eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive the Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder certification, Healthcare Provider level CPR certification including the use of medical oxygen and AED, and will be certified to treat anaphylaxis through epinephrine administration.
Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) has been teaching wilderness medicine courses throughout the country for over a decade and is recognized nationwide as a leader in the field of wilderness first aid. All WMA instructors have substantial experience in emergency medicine, backcountry trekking, and teaching.
An optional Course & Accommodations Package is available for up to 16 participants, which includes instruction, course materials, parking, lodging for 5 days, and meals for 5 days. To get the most out of the workshop, participants are encouraged to stay right at ADK’s facilities. Bunks are reserved for participants in our co-ed, communal Wiezel Trails Cabin. Package participants should bring their own sleeping bag or bedding (including a pillowcase) and towels. If you are participating in the Lodging Package, you may arrive the day before the course between 2pm and 6pm to claim your bunk and to get settled. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:15pm in the Adirondak Loj Dining Room. Breakfast will be served at 7:00am each morning in the Loj as well, but be sure that you return to the Wiezel Trails Cabin by 8:00am for instruction.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Mary Glynn, ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 18