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Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA): A course by NOLS

WAFA Course Overview

Whether you find yourself on the river or in the mountains, this course is designed for anyone who might have to spend an unexpected night in the backcountry with an injured patient. The 40-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) curriculum emphasizes long-term care and includes more practice time than an introductory level Wilderness First Aid course. The course includes a range of assessment, trauma, environmental, and medical topics. You will receive up-to-date wilderness medicine curriculum delivered in an intensive, hands-on format. Build confidence in making treatment and evacuation decisions for your clients, friends, or family members.

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

Check in is at 7:45 am on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios. 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 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.

Topics include:

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits

Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 18 years old to attend this course.

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education.

Course Details

Target audience: Teachers, instructors who accompany outdoor education trips run by schools or third party providers, or others who are interested in being equipped to handle issues in outdoor environs

When: Monday, 4 to Friday, 8 March 2019

Where: UWCSEA Dover Campus, Conference Centre

Course fees : S$1,200 per participant


* Fees include certification (as long as course is passed), any workshop materials, snacks and lunch. There is a 10% discount for five participants or more.



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