Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Event Information

Event Type(s):Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness First Responder (WFR), offered by Wilderness Medical Associates, is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, Search and Rescue (SAR) team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation. and 45 hours of in-class instruction. 


All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the 2015 ILCOR/AHA guidelines.  All WMA certifications remain valid for three years. The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.


If you are wanting to use this course as a recertification, please contact Joe Bitely, Recreation & Wellness Assistant director: for further information and instructions on how to register.


Once registered, you will receive the course ID number and password to access the online pre-course materials four weeks prior to the first day of the course. Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the 5-Day WFR course.  No previous medical training is required.

Event Date:5/8/2021 - 5/12/2021
Event Time:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Location:Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
D135 Recreation Center
Allendale, MI 49401

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Contact Person:Joe Bitely
(phone: (616) 331-1732 )


GVSU Students: $600
GVSU Faculty, Staff & Alumni: $650
General Public: $700

* If you wish to register with a 50% deposit and pay the remainder on the start date, please contact Joe Bitely at

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