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Wilderness First Responder Course

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4450 Blakely Ave NE

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Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Wilderness First Responder course is essential if you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers. Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions. During this fast-paced, engaging course, you will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios, including a full-scale night mock rescue.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine’s nationally recognized curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, selective spine immobilization, reducing dislocations, litter packaging, and epinephrine administration. Dynamic educators who have practiced medicine in both wilderness and urban environments will teach you skills and protocols to step forward in an emergency, and you will finish the intensive 80-hour course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days.

Upon successful course completion, you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management, and Epinephrine Auto-injector.

CLASS FORMAT AND PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
Check in is at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with two additional evening sessions. Ten-day courses will include a day off; nine-day courses will not. The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, case studies, and skills practice sessions. Attendance is required at all classes.

Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to enhance the realism of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes or slippers and a camp chair. A 4-hour evening, outdoor mock rescue is part of the curriculum; dress accordingly.

Packing Checklist:

  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with second hand or digital second
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Light day pack
  • Waterproof outerwear top and bottom
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
  • Camp chair for classroom time (optional)

COURSE OUTLINE
For the full course outline, visit the WFR course page, scrolling to Section 2 to click on “DOWNLOADS: Course Outline” at: https://nols.edu/en/coursefinder/courses/wilderness-first-responder-WFR/.

REGISTRATION AND TUITION PAYMENT
Course Cost: $875 basic package (includes program fee and lunches)
The tuition fee includes instruction, textbooks, equipment use, certification, and continuing education credits. A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

CANCELLATIONS
If you cancel or withdraw from a course:

  • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course start date, IslandWood will retain a $35.00 administrative fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days of the course start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Once the course begins, no refunds will be awarded. All course registrations are non-transferable.

NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE STUDENT AGREEMENT
Please download this agreement and read it carefully as it affects your legal rights:
https://www.nols.edu/media/filer_public/1c/20/1c20e13a-7019-4cf8-b730-6ffa053e482b/wmi_agreement_2017_january.pdf

Bring the two-page signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document as well. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course. NOLS Wilderness Medicine participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of NOLS Wilderness Medicine program and are at the sole risk of the participant.

ISLANDWOOD POLICIES
Pets
Pets are not allowed at the course site. This includes leashing them outside. Any student bringing a pet to class will be asked to leave until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other facility.

Alcohol
In accordance with our WA State Liquor License, all alcohol must be served by trained lslandWood staff and consumed in designated area only. We are permitted to sell only wine and beer for on premise consumption. Outside alcohol is prohibited.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted at IslandWood except in the two designated area near our parking lot. (See site map, or inquire at the Front Desk) Illegal Drug Use (including marijuana) is strictly prohibited on IslandWood premises. An illegal drug is any drug that is either illegal under federal, state, or local law, or illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Camping Policy
Due to the lack of appropriate facilities and approval from the city of Bainbridge Island, camping (including tent, RV, trailer etc.) is not permitted at IslandWood. If you are interested in camping nearby we recommend Fay Bainbridge State Park.


Internet & Cell Phone Service
Free wireless internet is available throughout our campus in main spaces including our Dining Hall and lodges. No password is needed. Cell phone reception is spotty on campus.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
EMT Continuing Education

NOLS Wilderness Medicine is proud to be a Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredited organization. Current EMTs are eligible to receive 48 CEU hours at no additional cost for participation in a Wilderness First Responder course. Please bring a photocopy of your current EMT card(s) with you to your course. Please ensure that CAPCE CEUs will be accepted by your State EMS organization.

Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM)
Through joint sponsorship with the Wilderness Medical Society active members of WMS may earn up to 55 hours at no additional cost for participation in the Wilderness First Responder course. Learn more about WMS here: http://www.wms.org/

COLLEGE CREDITS
Pre-Course Access to College Credit
The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $240. Thirty days prior to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

On-Course Access to College Credit
The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through the University of Utah for an additional cost of $300. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please inquire with your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.

STUDENT LOGISTICS
Meals and Lodging
Lunch is provided in the tuition cost.
Options for Meals and Lodging off-site can be found at: www.visitbainbridge.com.

Travel
The course will take place at IslandWood, located at 4450 Blakely Ave NE, Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Island is accessible via the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry route, or Highway 305 from the Kitsap Peninsula. If utilizing the ferry, taxicabs are available at the ferry terminal to provide the 5-10 minute trip to IslandWood.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Course Host
IslandWood
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 855-4300
www.islandwood.org

NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Mountain Time.
Phone: (866) 831-9001
Email: wilderness_medicine@nols.edu
Fax: (307) 335-2355
Website: http://www.nols.edu/wilderness-medicine

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