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 course 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.
In addition to the prescribed 45 hours of on-site training, this course 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.
Plan on meeting at 8:00am sharp each morning at the Wiezel Trails Cabin, which is located on the far side of Hiker Parking Lot #2 near the High Peaks Information Center. Look for signs directing you to the cabin/classroom. The program will be led by instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates International. Class will run until approximately 5:00pm each evening.
An optional Course & Accommodations Package is available for up to 4 participants, which includes instruction, course materials, parking, lodging, and meals. Lodging begins the night before the course, and check out is at the conclusion of class on Day 5. Meals begin with dinner the night before class starts, and end with lunch on Day 5. To get the most out of the workshop, participants are encouraged to stay right at ADK’s facilities. Single rooms in the Wiezel Trails Cabin are reserved for participants in the package. Package participants should bring their own sleeping bag or bedding (including a pillowcase) and towels. The bedrooms are furnished with 2 sets of bunkbeds, and the cabin contains 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a common area. If you are participating in the Lodging Package, you may arrive the day before class anytime between 2pm and 6pm to claim your room and to get settled. A boxed dinner will be available at 6:30pm in the nearby Adirondak Loj. 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.
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.
Healing All Wounds, LLC is an independent contractor of the WMA curriculum that provides the courses hosted by ADK. You will be contacted by Healing All Wounds, LLC shortly after registering with information about how to enroll in their online platform which contains additional pre-course requirements.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, or Heart Lake Wilderness Campground, 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
Curriculum and certification questions can be directed to email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 18