All of our Wilderness Medicine courses are through AWLS®/AdventureMed, and are accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society and the University of Utah School of Medicine, both worldwide leaders in wilderness medical research, standards, and education.

Our Wilderness First Aid and Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS®) courses are designed for individuals with no previous medical training who intend to travel and recreate in wilderness settings. WSI offers the following courses, with certification through University of Utah School of Medicine:

The Wilderness First Aid course is 16-hours, and designed for laypersons with no formal medical background or training, and is an outstanding introduction to wilderness medicine. Usually held over a full weekend (Saturday & Sunday), this course will better prepare you for wilderness emergencies. Highlights of the course include:

    Course highlights:

  • 16 hours of lectures, scenarios, and hands-on training
  • Familiarity with a broad range of basic medical techniques
  • Improvisation with standard outdoor recreation equipment
  • Accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Cost includes digital student textbook
  • 2-year certification in Wilderness Life Support/Wilderness First Aid from the University of Utah School of Medicine

The 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. This program is appropriate for professional guides and other non-medical people who want a deeper understanding of wilderness medicine.

    Course highlights:

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

Course Approvals:

Both courses meet the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirement for Northern Tier Expeditions, Philmont Treks, and Seabase Adventures.

Upcoming WFA Courses:
July 13 & 14, 2019 - Buda, TX (Private Course)


  • 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
  • Kevin, you hold a great class. I appreciate everything you shared in your Hemorrhage Control class. Invaluable to an average citizen like myself that has no first aid training. And thank you for your military service. Don't know if people say that enough, but I very much appreciate it.
    Chris C. Hemorrhage Control Course
  • Class was outstanding. More information than any first aid class we've ever taken. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and a good humored teacher. Thank you again!
    Raul Basic First Aid Course
  • I would like to thank you for a great class. Class content and experiences shared were very educational for all of us. The level of interaction was excellent, we had great fun participating, and we appreciate your patience answering everyone's questions. Looking forward for your course in Wilderness First Aid!!
    Dalmir Basic First Aid Course

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