Emergency Wilderness Medicine

All Guardian wilderness medicine courses are provided by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). WMTC’s educational focus is on providing practical instruction so that students can understand, remember, and use what they learn. Their curriculum strives to teach students the information they will need to prevent, assess, and treat the most common injuries and illnesses they are likely to encounter in the outdoors as expedition medical officers, guides, trip leaders, or participants.

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Wilderness First Aid

3 Days

Course Dates: TBA Spring 2020

WMTC’s standard Wilderness First Aid workshops are designed to introduce participants to the concepts of medical care in a wilderness setting. This course may be the best choice for dealing with incidents in remote settings but within cell phone coverage.  This course focuses mostly on trauma-related problems, but also covers select environmental and medical topics. The majority of the course is hands-on skills practice and simulations, and there is no formal testing. Unless indicated, CPR certification is not included.

WMTC’s WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Graduates from WMTC approved wilderness medicine schools may recertify their Wilderness First Responder or WEMT with this course if they are currently certified or within their grace period.


Wilderness First Responder

9 Days

Course Dates: TBA Spring 2020

The WMTC standard 9-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of outdoor professionals, those who embark on multi-day personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine.

Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides.

The course includes WMTC Adult and Child CPR and AED certification.

We recommend taking the full WFR every six years.


Recertification Course

3 Days

Course Dates: TBA Spring 2020

This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications.

The Review & Recertification course is over 75% hands-on skill review, role plays, and simulations. All recertifying students need to complete a pre-course practice exam prior to arriving at the course.  

WMTC certifications remain valid for a maximum of three years with no grace period, although WFR and WEMT graduates are encouraged to attend on a yearly basis to maintain and polish their skills.  Since there is not enough time to cover all the material presented in your original course, participants should thoroughly review their original course materials since they are responsible for knowing it.

WMTC Adult & Child Wilderness CPR/AED certification is included with this course.

Individuals may also recertify their WFR or WEMT by taking our Wilderness First Aid course and passing an online recertification exam.

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