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Wilderness Leadership Institute (WLI) medical courses take you well beyond traditional first aid and CPR classes. They are comprehensive emergency medical trainings that impart understanding and competency. We emphasize critical thinking and the principles behind the medical procedures. WLI facilitates Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) courses, the leading provider of wilderness medicine curriculum, including the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification. Their certifications are recognized internationally as the highest standard in wilderness emergency care. Courses are held in San Diego, California with seasonal courses in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wilderness First Responder 5-Day $699

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others. This 5-day format is for individuals who have less time available for on-site training. Students must register at least two weeks before the course start date, and all students must complete all  pre-course work prior to arrival on course. This Southern California Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is held several times per year in San Diego, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
Course Dates: Jan. 20th – 24th 2018, Feb. 21st – 25th 2018, Mar. 14th – 18th 2018, Apr. 18th – 22nd 2018, May 16th – 20th 2018, Jun. 16th – 20th 2018

Wilderness First Responder 7-Day $749

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
Course Dates: Apr. 24th – 30th 2017

Open WFR Recertification $399

The three day Open Recertification course is open to graduates of ALL wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.
Course Dates: Nov. 11th – 13th 2017, Jan. 26th – 28th 2018, Mar. 16th – 18th 2018, May 12th – 14th 2018

Wilderness EMT Upgrade $699

The WEMT Upgrade course is designed for EMS personnel working in search and rescue, disaster response, remote job posts, and on wilderness expeditions. This five day wilderness medicine course will upgrade state EMT certification to Wilderness EMT. Current certification at or above the basic level is a prerequisite for admission. Students may receive 45 Advanced Level CEUs from CECBEMS.
Course Dates: Jun. 5th – 9th 2017

Wilderness Advanced First Aid $449

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) is a comprehensive four day medical training course designed for outdoor recreationalists or wilderness trip leaders who venture into moderately remote and challenging environments. The content of this Southern California wilderness medicine course is significantly more detailed than the Wilderness First Aid course, including emphasis on common critical body system problems and environmental topics.
Course Dates: Feb. 13th – 16th 2015

Bridge (WAFA to WFR) $449

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in four days. This course must be taken within three years of receiving a WAFA certificate. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.
Course Dates: August 23rd – 26th 2015 

Wilderness First Aid $249

Wilderness First Aid is a two day introduction to general medical concepts and Basic Life Support skills. It’s targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. Taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.
Course Dates: Nov. 21st – 22nd 2015

Custom & Private Medical Courses

The Wilderness Leadership Institute can develop wilderness medicine courses to meet the unique needs and goals of any student or group. We excel in facilitating customized course curriculums designed to educate, empower and inspire our students. Contact the WLI office for more information.











The Wilderness Leadership Institute provides training for wilderness medicine in California, wilderness medicine in Southern California, and wilderness medicine in San Diego. The Wilderness Leadership Institute also provides Wilderness First Responder certification in San Diego, California. Contact us today for more information about Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification in Southern California, California wilderness medicine, or Southern California wilderness medicine.