NOLS Hybrid WFR Recertification

Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack?

NOLS Wilderness Medicine COVID-19 Disclosure (English)

Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack? This scenario-based course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides current updates in the wilderness medicine field.

Students complete an online course and written examination prior to arriving for the in-person skills-based portion of the course. NOLS CPR is optional once you are onsite.

​Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Course Outline

This 2-part Wilderness First Responder Recertification course refreshes and updates topics covered in the WFR course.

Hybrid WFR-R Course Schedule

Packing List

We will try to be outdoors as much as possible, regardless of the weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and to be comfortable both in and outdoors at any time during your course.

NOLS WFR Gear List

General Information

Course Length

Online, study at your own pace / 2 days in person

Prerequisites

WFR or WEMT certification from NOLS (must be current or within grace year), or another wilderness medicine provider with an initial training curriculum of 70+ hours, including SOLO or WMA (must be current) to recertify through this course. Contact the office prior to enrolling to confirm your certification’s eligibility for the NOLS WFR Recertification course.

Certifications Received

NOLS Wilderness First Responder; NOLS Adult/Child CPR (optional)

Course Length

This course is pre-approved for 18 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours by CAPCE.

Course Expectations

Hands-on, meet online. Enjoy our newly formatted Wilderness First Responder Recertification, which includes an online component in addition to the traditional scenarios and skills!

Pre-work allows you to review the curriculum at your own pace, and focus on the hands-on element during your two days on course. You’ll just need to complete all online components, including a written exam, prior to the course.

Your rescue gear needs to be packed and ready to go at any moment throughout the course. Please refer to and follow the WFR Rescue Gear Checklist closely, and contact us with any questions. Bad things happen outdoors and usually in bad weather! So, be prepared…dress in layers that you can remove indoors or in the sun, and layer up when we go outside. Full rain protection is a necessity, both rain tops and pants. Your comfort and ability to pay attention during this intense course will be helped if you stay well-hydrated and have snacks on hand to munch during class.

NOLS provides its own CPR certification within this course. It incorporates the American Heart Association’s 2020 curriculum guidelines with wilderness protocols to deliver a set of skills that is pertinent to our use in a wilderness setting. The CPR portion of the course is optional.

Additional Details

Students should prepare by visiting the NOLS student resources and reviewing Curriculum Updates, viewing skills videos on YouTube, and taking a written practice exam.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine – Student Resources

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