Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness medicine certification is recognized by organizations such as state EMS licensing boards, professional guiding organizations, the US Coast Guard, the American Camping Association (ACA), the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and countless others.

FOA-certified guides enjoy employment at Outward Bound, the Appalachian Mountain Club, as well as camps, ski patrols and other similar organizations. FOA’s instruction staff is recognized as one of the best trained and most progressive in the industry.

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is FOA's most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care.  Our Wilderness First Aid course acts as a base introduction to responding to, and treating, medical and environmental emergencies, as well as introducing preventative strategies. FOA wilderness medicine provides the course curriculum and certification through Florida Outdoor Academy's certified instructors.  

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

This course is a 72-80 hour condensed course teaching First Responder equivalent skills for responding to emergencies in the backcountry.  Response, patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation present the core of this training.  The curriculum is provided by Wilderness Medicine and instruction is provided by FOA's certified instructors.  

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)  Recertification

Wilderness First Responder recertification course re-certifies your WFR certification for 3 years and comes with a WFR card. FOA's course curriculum and certification is provided by Wilderness Medicine, and is taught by our certified instructors.  

Wilderness EMT Module (W-EMT)

WEMT Module is a 40-hour program that upgrades current street First Responders to the WFR level, and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. It focuses on emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time or circumstance. Wilderness medicine provides the course curriculum and certification through Florida Outdoor Academy's certified instructors.

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