Wilderness First Aid Course

Hosted by Lynchburg College Outdoor Leadership Program

Dates and Times



Claytor Nature Study Center, Bedford, Va.





LC Students, employees and community are welcome. Contact olp@lynchburg.edu.



This course is recommended for avid hikers, guides, and trip leaders who conduct 1-2 day outings. The course gives 16 hours of contact time in a learning setting. Teaching methods include an emphasis on didactic lectures and hands-on, experiential workshops and scenarios. The course ends with a written exam, student evaluations of the experience, and graduation.

Upon your successful completion of the course, you will earn a WMI of NOLS wilderness medicine certification. The course may also be used to re-certify Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. You must possess a valid certification from WMI, SOLO, or WMA to re-certify through this course. Participants using the WFA to re-certify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical test.

Topics of study

Day 1: Patient Assessment System, Initial Assessment, Patient Exam, Vital Signs, Focused History,Documentation, Spinal Cord Injury Management, Head Injuries, Shock, Wilderness Wound Management

Day 2: Focused Spine Assessment, Athletic Injuries, Fracture, Dislocations, Heat Injuries, Cold Injuries, Lightning, Altitude Illness, Acute Abdomen, Anaphylaxis, The Unresponsive Patient, Wilderness First Aid Kits


Our instructors are outdoor professionals who hold current certification in Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, and professional level CPR. In the event of an accident, Landmark staff will aid in medical care of the ill or injured until EMS arrives or evacuation is executed. Any costs beyond the initial medical care given by our staff is the sole responsibility of the ill or injured.


Participants must be of sound health and able to walk 6-8 miles a day (although this amount of walking is typically not required).


To register, please follow the instructions on the following forms:


Taught through Landmark Learning, certified by Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Requirements & Expectations

Your rescue gear needs to be packed and ready to go at any moment throughout the course. Please refer to and follow the WFA Support and Required Gear List closely, and contact us with any questions you may have.

All participants will be asked to read and sign a release acknowledging the inherent risks that are involved in any outdoor adventure activities. Minors will have a parent or guardian sign on their behalf.

You will need to provide for your own meals.

Community Living

Each person is expected to participate fully within the class context, as well as in the living community during non-class times. This includes participating in general chores. Living with other people in close conditions requires practice in understanding and tolerance.

Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Medications

No controlled substances or alcoholic beverages are permitted on Landmark property or during courses. Violation of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the program without refund.

Tobacco use is only permitted during 10 minute breaks, lunch, and after class in the designated area.

If you are currently using a prescription medication, inform the administration on your health form so that the instructors may be aware. We encourage participants to bring all medications needed during trip/course hours.


Please leave your pets at home. If you do arrive with an animal we will direct you toward a kennel for the duration of your course.


There is no phone or computer available for personal use. A phone is available in the office for outgoing 911 emergency calls or for incoming emergency calls. We do request that cell phones be turned off during class hours. Cell phones get mixed results with signals at our center but are usually very usable in town just ten minutes away.

Breaking News Update

New Recertification Policy for WFRs

As of 9/1/2011, WMI of NOLS is instituting a policy change on recertification for current WFRs from other approved wilderness medicine providers (minimum 70-hour training program).

WFAs will no longer be an approved avenue for recertification for non-WMI card carriers. The WFR recertification will be the appropriate avenue to recertify and carry a card from WMI. Please note: WFR recerts fill several months in advance and have long wait lists! Check your expiration date now and plan accordingly.

If you are a course sponsor/host you will receive additional information in your annual sponsor packet.