Wilderness First Responder


Full Course and Recert  (November 5-9, 2017)

Need WFR for your first guiding job? Are you recertifying for the umpteenth time? Decided to learn how to help yourself when nobody else can reach you in the wilds? Whatever your reason for taking WFR, we warmly invite you to ours. Most Zion Adventure Company staff have taken one or more WFR courses, for one reason or another, and we know the value of a tight, professional course that ALSO takes place in an amazing place. WFR is always a favorite November event, as we host the GREAT folks from the American Safety and Health Institue and brush up on the critical knowledge and skills we need to know when the going gets tough. 


  •       Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
          The Wilderness First Responder curriculum uses the principles of long-term care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning. Now the most widely recognized and most often required outdoor leader certification, the Wilderness First Responder course was first developed and taught by SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunity of NH) in the mid-1980's. Created to provide outdoor leaders, guides, and rangers with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings, this 80-hour certification course meets or exceeds DOT (Department of Transportation) National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended-care situations. Today this course is taught by many organizations, all of whom are required to meet the DOT standards prior to issuing certificates to students. The intimate classroom environment makes this training course a great opportunity not only for outdoor professionals, but ANYONE who spends time outdoors and wants to become a stronger risk manager.

  • Recertification Students: 
          You must have a valid WFR Card from another accredited provider. Expired card holders are ineligible for renewal and must complete the full 80 hour course for certification.

    Full Course Students: 
          Students must be at least 18 years of age. No previous medical training is required. Because approximately 25 hours of pre-course work is required, ZAC recommends early registration if possible to allow for both course materials to arrive and completion of said coursework. 

    Please Note:
          Successful completion of certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a grade of 80% or better on the final written exam.

  • Course Overview

      • Class begins daily at 8 AM sharp, Mountain Daylight Time. Please arrive a few minutes early for class. Classroom sessions take place each morning, followed by practical applications and quizzes outdoors in the afternoon. At least 11 hours a day, not including meals, are devoted to the course. Approximately 9 hours/day will be spent in class; two hours or more will be devoted to homework each evening.
      • The classroom portion of your course will be held at the Zion Adventure Company (Nov. 5th-6th) and the Holiday Inn Conference Room (Nov. 7th-9th). Class locations are subject to change after the first day, at your instructors' discretion.
      • 100% attendance is required. Absence at any time places certification at risk. Students who miss the first lecture will not be allowed to participate in the remaining classes. In general, any student missing more than 2 hours of any course will be ineligible for certification.
      • Please be prepared to be outside in temperatures which could be as cold as freezing. Bring appropriate clothing for this location at this time of year. Remember much of our time is outside, rain or shine.
      • Lunch breaks are dependent upon student and course progress. You must bring food, snacks, and other essentials to class with you each day. Water is available on-site.
      • You will receive all text materials for the class on the first day of class.
      • You will have homework to complete each evening, and tests to prove skills competencies each day.
      • You are responsible for you own room and board. Springdale is host to a variety of lodging options, from primitive camping to 4-star hotel accomodations.
      • Zion Adventure Company does have a small kitchen facility that you are welcome to use while you are here. The kitchen consists of a full size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, two burner hot plate, and sink. If you need to use these facilities, we ask that you access them during normal business hours. We'll be open daily 8am-8pm while you are here.
      • Springdale is an amazing place, being the gateway town to Zion National Park. That being said, because we are a resort town, things are a little more expensive. If you need to buy groceries, I would recommend picking them up on your way into town from a larger city. We do have a little market in Springdale. Generally, however, prices are cheaper the farther away you get from Springdale.
  • General Syllabus

    • General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
    • Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems
      • BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma
    • Practical Skills
      • Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration
    • Environmental Topics
      • Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche
    • Musculoskeletal Systems
      • Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations
    • Other
      • Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits  


  • Prepare For Success

    All teaching materials are provided by American Safety and Health Institute® at no additional cost. This includes textbook, case studies workbook, field guide, lecture notes, and handouts. 

    Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember much of our time is spent outside, rain or shine. You will also need pens and a notebook. See your Student Handbook for more information.

    We highly recommend each day you bring:

      • A watch (critical for core procedures taught in class).
      • Full rain gear in case of rain.
      • Warm gloves, hat, fleece layers, and long underwear.
      • A set of old clothes that can be stained or cut during training scenarios. Expect to throw these away.
      • Sturdy footwear appropriate for rough terrain.
      • Notebook, pen, pencil.
      • Day pack for bringing things to/from class.
      • Books and other materials you receive prior to the course.
      • Something to sit or lie on during simulations, like a foam pad or camp chair.
      • Personal medicine (e.g. asthma inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)
      • Baby wipes for self clean-up for make-up used in scenarios.
      • Plethora of snacks, cold and warm drinks.
  • Register for Wilderness First Responder

    We offer options for both first-time WFR certifcation and WFR recertification:

    Full WFR Certification (Nov. 5th-9th)    $800.00 per person
    WFR Recert (Nov. 7th-9th)    $400.00 per person

    *To register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete participant details and payment information.

    Your full payment is expected upon registration. Spaces will not be held without full payment. Cancellation more than thirty days prior to the first day of class will result in a 50 % cancellation fee. Cancellation inside of the 30-day window will result in no refund.