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.
Two-year certification is provided through University of Utah School of Medicine
• 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®/WFR Courses:
BWLS/WFR courses are currently on hold due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Please check back here for updated course schedule information.