Basic Wilderness Life Support®

Wilderness First Responder


Basic Wilderness Life Support® is a Wilderness First Responder course designed to provide an individual with an in-depth knowledge of wilderness medicine and the basic skills to treat the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness.

Aimed at first responders, professional guides, expedition leaders, outdoor professionals, backcountry enthusiasts, and lay people who want a deeper understanding of wilderness medicine, this course meets the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) prerequisites for Guide-level certifications and is considered the “gold standard” of wilderness medical courses. Often, WFR certification is required by employers in the outdoor and adventure industry.

Current certification in CPR is highly desired. CPR certification is offered separately for those who are not currently certified.

Certification period:
Two-year certification is provided through University of Utah School of Medicine

Course highlights:
• 74-80 hours of lectures and hands-on training
• Additional training in decision making and administering medication
• Exceeds NOLS WFR equivalent
• Accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine
• This course meets the requirements for currently certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to upgrade to Wilderness EMT (WEMT).

Upcoming BWLS® Courses:
BWLS courses for 2019 are currently being scheduled.


  • Kevin's real world experience was very obvious. He didn't kill us with war stories, but used them judiciously to underscore a point. He had great patience with me on the hands-on portion of the program. Kudos!!
    Jeff U. Wilderness First Aid Course
  • Excellent course. Am very pleased and feel much more confident. Kevin did an excellent job. He is extremely knowledgeable and was very patient working with the students. I will definitely be taking other courses.
    Bob R. Wilderness First Aid Course

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