Online: January 15, Onsite: February 8-12, 2021
Hosted at the North Cascades Institute, Diablo Lake, WA
Food and lodging is included in course registration. For more information on commuter rates, please contact customer service.
Certifications: ECSI Health Care provider CPR/AED, WFR
The Hybrid Wilderness First Responder (H-WFR) course provides medical skills to individuals working or playing in a remote or wilderness setting. This course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away. The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments. The course combines 20-30 hours of online coursework with five days of on-site training.
Designed for the outdoor guide, Remote Site Team Lead or Military Team Lead, the H-WFR includes a range of introductory medical skills and topics, including patient assessment, lifting and moving patients, cold and heat emergencies, altitude, immersion, submersion, lightning, legal considerations, and more. Students also learn how to effectively manage basic wounds, infection, shock, head injuries, spinal injuries, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic and allergic reactions, and altered mental states, for up to eight hours until a higher level of care can arrive. This course is designed to prepare the student in leading and managing a group of individuals who are not medically trained or have basic medical knowledge to assist them in managing a complex patient.
Pre Requisites: 18+ years or older.
Duration: 20-30 hours of distance learning through our Online LMS and five days on-site. Typical course schedule is 8am - 5pm with the potential for one evening scenario requirement.
Certifications: ECSI CPR/AED Health Care Provider (Professional) Certification and Remote Medical Training WFR.
Recertification Interval: Three years.
Text Books (provided):
1. ECSI CPR/AED 7th edition
2. Remote Medical Training WFR handbook
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center - Diablo Lake, WA
Situated on the shore of Diablo Lake in the heart of the North Cascades National Park, the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center (ELC) provides an optimal site for our courses. The ELC campus is surrounded by mountains and forests with an extensive trail network, offering endless possibilities for simulated wilderness medicine scenarios and recreation alike.
Lodging is included for all Remote Medical Training courses at the ELC. Each student will share a lodge room with one or two other students. Each lodge has shared gender-specific bathrooms with two private shower stalls and two toilet stalls. The student lodges also have a lounge room with a small fridge and sink. There are three lodges on the ELC campus.
Scratch made, locally-sourced and organic meals are provided as a part of all Remote Medical Training courses at the ELC. Meals are prepared daily in the commercial kitchen by ELC chefs beginning the day the course starts through the last day, including weekends. Meals are typically served buffet style with meat and vegetarian options, but most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Coffee, tea, and snacks are also available daily.
Students are responsible for their own transportation. The ELC is a three-hour drive from Seattle, WA, and best reached with a personal vehicle. For students flying in, there are car rentals available at the airport. You may also post in the Student Portal's Discussion Board before the course to coordinate carpools or shared rental vehicles with your classmates.
Wireless internet access is available throughout the ELC campus. There is no cell service at the ELC. Phones are available in the lodges and classrooms for outgoing calls. Cell service is available in the town of Newhalem, 15 minutes away by car.
With immediate access to Diablo Lake for boating and fishing, extensive hiking and running trails right on campus, and proximity to climbing, snow sports, and the national park, this facility is a great place to visit and an even better place to spend a month! Remember to bring your gear with you!
The Environmental Learning Center is ADA accessible. Service animals are welcome.
Smoking is limited to the designated smoking area.