Wilderness Medicine

What is Wilderness Medicine?

Camp Akita is exctied to offer some of the best and most comprehensive Wilderness Medicine courses in the world! The courses train medical and non-medical professionals and recreationalists for practical health and patient care in low resource and unconventional settings. These courses are taught by professional instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates.

Courses Offered

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the seasonal outdoor staff and outdoor enthusiasts on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Next class: TBD
WFA course details

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.  The 7 day Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

Next class: December, 2018
WFR course details

Open Recertification

The 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 Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.

Next class: December, 2018
WFR recert course details


For questions about Wilderness Medicine courses, please contact Scot Nicoll at snicoll@campakita.org.