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Wilderness First Responder

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Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.


Wilderness EMT Module

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Experienced medical practitioners who are acting as an expedition medic or trip leader; the course is only offered as a hybrid course. Participants must hold a current NREMT certification or state EMT license (basic, intermediate, or paramedic) with patient care experience to receive certification as a WEMT. Similar to a Wilderness First Responder, the Wilderness EMT course focuses on assessment and treatment of traumatic, environmental, and medical emergencies in a wilderness environment. Labs teach field assessment and treatment skills. Lecture during the practical session is brief and focused on answering questions raised during simulations and case study reviews. While the focus remains on expedition medicine, the skills taught during our WEMT course may be applied directly to situations where prolonged EMS transport is unavoidable e.g.: disaster relief, SAR, rural EMS calls, etc.

Description
The practical session of our hybrid WEMT course is 5-days long and requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend.

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5/27/2019
-5/31/2019
All dayAlexis Folkinga


Wilderness First Responder

For

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.
 

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5/27/2019
-6/4/2019
All dayThe Expeditionary


Wilderness First Aid

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Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Description
Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. Either course may be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications.
 

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5/27/2019
-5/29/2019
All dayThe Expeditionary


    Outdoor Adventure practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their participants. While many formal trainings and certifications focus on technical skills, very few programs focus primarily on the interpersonal skills. To fill this gap, the Clinical First Responder (CFR) was developed to train non-clinician wilderness guides to competently assist in the care and treatment of clients with psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues in adventure/wilderness therapy programs.
     Naturally students in any outdoor adventure program can react similarly when stretching their comfort zones, and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their participants through these challenging experiences. CFR provides foundational skills to help with that including effective communication, emotional regulation and de-escalation, and group dynamics and facilitation, in addition to other essential tools to help facilitate any quality and safe adventure outing.  
    For more information, visit:  www.peakexperiencetraining.com

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5/31/2019
-6/3/2019
Day 1 10 a.m.Scott Bandoroff


Course led by SOLO instructor. Learn basic first aid assessment and care protocols. Two-year certification satisfies American Camp Association requirements for leaders of overnight camping trips. Useful to guides, scout leaders and anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation. For more information visit www.soloschools.com

Hosted at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, a year-round retreat center and summer camp on Lake George on the southern end of the Adirondack Park, we offer an enjoyable, rustic experience. Cabins and yurts are equipped with electricity, bunks, mattresses, and heat during winter months. Hearty and nutritious meals are served three times a day in our communal dining hall.

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6/1/2019
-6/2/2019
9:00amTaylor Esperti


Wilderness First Aid

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Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Description
Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. Either course may be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications.
 

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6/4/2019
-6/6/2019
All dayAaron Ball


Course led by SOLO instructor. Learn basic first aid assessment and care protocols. Two-year certification satisfies American Camp Association requirements for leaders of overnight camping trips. Useful to guides, scout leaders and anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation. For more information visit www.soloschools.com

Hosted at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, a year-round retreat center and summer camp on Lake George on the southern end of the Adirondack Park, we offer an enjoyable, rustic experience. Cabins and yurts are equipped with electricity, bunks, mattresses, and heat during winter months. Hearty and nutritious meals are served three times a day in our communal dining hall.

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6/10/2019
-6/11/2019
9:00amTaylor Esperti


Course Location:
This course takes place on CWU’s Ellensburg campus. Transportation will be provided from CWU if scenarios are held off campus. Class will be held at the Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) and hosted by Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals. See bottom for map and directions.

Course Information: 
This is a Distance Learning Project (DLP) course which is hosted by Central Washington University’s Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) Program. DLP courses are rigorous and require your full attendance and participation. Think of this course as taking a traditional WFR/WEMT course and breaking it into two separate sections.

Section One - Online Study of Didactic Materials:
You must successfully complete all didactic material and online testing prior to attending the onsite practical section; if for any reason what-so-ever you are unable to complete all the didactic material and online tests prior to the start of the practical session, you will not be admitted to the practical session nor will you receive a refund. For on-campus participants, three classroom sessions will be scheduled to assist delivery and understanding of didactic materials. For off campus participants, all materials will be mailed to you and it will be your responsibility to complete all exams prior to the five day practical session.

Section Two - Five Day On-Site Practical Session:
The five day practical session will be hosted on Central Washington University’s campus. Class time during the onsite practical session may exceed ten hours per day plus homework. You should be comfortable reading technical information, be able to write clearly, be able to communicate easily with other people, be physically capable of lifting and carrying other people, and be capable of lifting and moving 50 pounds without injury and moving safely in the outdoors in rough terrain and environments without supervision. You are expected to bring functional outdoor clothing that will protect you from the environment while participating in simulations. During simulations, skills practice, and some demonstrations you will be acting as a patient and as a rescuer; this requires you to touch and be touched by others during a patient exam and subsequent treatment.

Necessary Personal Equipment:

  • Cut-able clothing for scenarios:
    • 2 t-shirts
    • 2 long sleeved shirts
    • 2 pair of long pants
    • a pair of heavy socks
    • Students must wear underwear or swimsuit and jog bras for women.
    • DO NOT short this list! ALL the listed clothing IS REQUIRED for effective practice during simulations and labs. Clothing can usually be purchased at your local thrift store.
  • Warm clothing for daily outside simulations: rain gear - top & bottoms, fleece jackets, long underwear - top and bottoms, waterproof hiking boots, warm hat, gloves, water bottle, headlamp, daypack. Older clothes are recommended. You may have fake blood, mud, dirt, or sand ground into any of the clothes you wear.
  • Writing utensils and notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Optional:
    • colored pencils or markers can be helpful

Food: Food will not be provided as a part of the course.

  • Lunches: Bring brown bag lunches- There will not be enough time to eat off-campus.
  • Snacks: Bring lots.

Housing:

  • Students: Central on-campus housing closes June 11
  • Hotel: Ellensburg Hotels
  • Camping:
  • KOA
  • Yakima River RV Park
    791 Ringer Loop Rd
    Ellensburg, WA 98926
    Phone number: (509) 925-4734

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6/15/2019
-6/19/2019
8:00am-6:00pmBradley Gasawski


Wilderness First Aid

For

Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Description
Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. Either course may be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications.


Wilderness EMT

For
Experienced medical practitioners who are acting as an expedition medic or trip leader; the course is only offered as a hybrid course. Participants must hold a current NREMT certification or state EMT license (basic, intermediate, or paramedic) with patient care experience to receive certification as a WEMT. Similar to a Wilderness First Responder, the Wilderness EMT course focuses on assessment and treatment of traumatic, environmental, and medical emergencies in a wilderness environment. Labs teach field assessment and treatment skills. Lecture during the practical session is brief and focused on answering questions raised during simulations and case study reviews. While the focus remains on expedition medicine, the skills taught during our WEMT course may be applied directly to situations where prolonged EMS transport is unavoidable e.g.: disaster relief, SAR, rural EMS calls, etc.

Description
The practical session of our hybrid WEMT course is 5-days long and requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child WCPR/AED certification is included.

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6/15/2019
-6/19/2019
All dayBradley Gasawski


Wilderness First Responder

For

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.
 

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6/16/2019
-6/24/2019
All dayPaul Nicolazzo


Jeannette will be joined by Paul Sanford (Coalition for Outdoor Access Steering Committee Member, AORE Member and The Wilderness Society Staff), to discuss the new SOAR Act, how it affects AORE members and what next steps should be. 

We encourage those interested in this webinar to register (FREE) as it will be recorded. Even if you cannot join us live, we'll send the recording to all registrants within one (1) week of the live webinar.

Register now and save this to your calendar!

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6/24/20191:00 PMNational Office


Wilderness First Responder

For

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.
 

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6/29/2019
-7/7/2019
All dayJoel Reid


Sign up for the 2019 AORE Campus Challenge for your chance to win an Osprey backpack! Learn more at aorecampuschallenge.org!

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9/3/2019
-9/15/2019
 


Wilderness First Responder

For

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.
 

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9/7/2019
-9/15/2019
All dayPaul Nicolazzo




How would you rate your risk management practices? This self-assessment tool can help you answer that question. Could you use some support?

In a NOLS Risk Management Training, you are given a framework from which to evaluate your own program's risk management plan. The framework is based on five areas of risk management: risk management oversight; core curriculum; administrative process; staff training and field risk management; and field support services and emergency planning. You will go through a series of exercises and you will be able to ask questions that are pertinent to your specific program and pertinent industry practices. The training culminates in an in-depth emergency scenario. You will leave the training having written a 10-step personalized action plan. 

Tools You'll Receive:
  • Risk Management Action Plan Workbook
  • NOLS Crisis Management Template and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Protocol Package
  • Resource examples and templates, including a risk release, health form, orientation checklist, transportation policy, and more.

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9/10/2019
-9/11/2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each dayNOLS Risk Services


Sign up any time, download the app, and post your outdoor activities for a chance to rack up points and win prizes from our awesome sponsors! Learn more about the AORE Campus Challenge at aorecampuschallenge.org!

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9/16/2019
-10/13/2019
 


Wilderness First Responder

For

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer 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. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Description
Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included.
 

more info...
9/16/2019
-9/24/2019
All dayJoel Reid


Wilderness First Aid

For

Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Description
Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend.

more info...
9/27/2019
-9/29/2019
All dayPaul Nicolazzo


Wilderness First Aid

For

Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements.

Description
Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. Either course may be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications.
 

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10/4/2019
-10/6/2019
All dayAnne Morrison




How would you rate your risk management practices? This self-assessment tool can help you answer that question. Could you use some support?

In a NOLS Risk Management Training, you are given a framework from which to evaluate your own program's risk management plan. The framework is based on five areas of risk management: risk management oversight; core curriculum; administrative process; staff training and field risk management; and field support services and emergency planning. You will go through a series of exercises and you will be able to ask questions that are pertinent to your specific program and pertinent industry practices. The training culminates in an in-depth emergency scenario. You will leave the training having written a 10-step personalized action plan. 

Tools You'll Receive:
  • Risk Management Action Plan Workbook
  • NOLS Crisis Management Template and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Protocol Package
  • Resource examples and templates, including a risk release, health form, orientation checklist, transportation policy, and more.

more info...
10/29/2019
-10/30/2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each dayNOLS Risk Services


 

The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. 

Attend the WRMC to gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the outdoor adventure and education industries.

The WRMC is presented by NOLS in partnership with Outward BoundStudent Conservation Association, and the members of the WRMC Steering Committee.


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10/30/2019
-11/1/2019
Starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, ends at 9 p.m on FridayWRMC Staff


AORE partners with AEE for the 2019 Annual Conference! This collaboration includes broadening collaboration within the fields of experiential education and outdoor recreation, creating higher-quality educational opportunities, building professional skills and knowledge, strengthening professionalism within their memberships, broadening networking opportunities, leveraging both communities in advocacy and public policy efforts, and raising awareness of the value and impact of experiential education and outdoor education.

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11/13/2019
-11/15/2019
 AORE National Office


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