Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the March 15th and 22nd 2020 session of the Denver Group Wilderness First Aid School has been postponed. This decision was made solely for the safety and well being of our students and instructors.  Please contact Jeff Flax, Denver Group WFA School Director for more information, including future dates and refund options. [email protected]
A decision on the May 17th WFA Refresher course will be made in the new few weeks based on the outbreak and public health recommendations.

The 2020 WFA tuition for the two-day class is $125, and $115 for the one-day refresher – both are limited to CMC members only.

Leaders and senior school instructors are strongly advised to apply for SALT, as described below. A certain number of class slots are saved for approved SALT leaders and senior instructors.

This comprehensive and nationally recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course follows a standardized program established by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), and consists of 10 hours of lecture, 6 hours of practical experience and a written exam. Topics include patient assessment, weather related illness, trauma, splinting, medical emergencies, altitude illness and bites. A comprehensive textbook is included in the fee. A two-year ECSI WFA certification is issued upon completion. The course is open to everyone, regardless of experience. Those with experience are encouraged to use this comprehensive course as a refresher and practice skills we rarely need but are critical to know when we need them. Attendance is required at all classes to complete the course; however, that can happen over a few different sessions.

Please note: this WFA course is required to become a Denver Group leader.  Also note that the CMC State Office is also offering the ECSI WFA course using the same curriculum, however this Denver Group WFA course is administered completely separately from the CMC State course.

There is a separate registration for Denver Group leaders, prospective leaders, and senior school instructors who have been approved to have their tuition covered by the SALT program. Click here for more information and to access the SALT application form. Approved SALT students will be given a special code and password to register for this course.  (Tuition reimbursement is not available).

Please contact WFA School Director Jeff Flax at [email protected], or CMC Membership Services at 303-279-3080, ext.2 for additional information.

There are four WFA sessions scheduled for 2020:

Session 1: WFA – Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 24, 2020. THE CLASS POSTPONED.

Session 2: WFAR – Sunday, May 17, 2020 – One-Day Re-Certification/Refresher Only. A decision on the May 17th WFA Refresher course will be made in the new few weeks based on the outbreak and public health recommendations.  Registration for the class is closed for now.

Session 3: WFA – Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Session 4: WFAR – (THIS CLASS IS TENTATIVE ONLY) Sunday, December 6, 2020 – One-Day Re-Certification/Refresher Only.

The WFA Re-Certification/Refresher is one-day class. (The re-certification/refresher course is limited to students who have completed the ECSInstitute Wilderness First Aid course (Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care in Remote Locations) within the last 27 months, and study the text on their own prior to the class in order to be able to pass the exam with a score of 80%. Attendance for the full day is required to complete the course, or made up when the next class is offered.)  NOTE:  Beginning in 2018 the re-certification/refresher will be limited to students who have taken the ECSI two-day or re-certification/refresher within the past two years.

Please note: If you are a Denver Group trip leader, working toward becoming a trip leader, or a senior instructor in a Denver Group school, you may be eligible for free tuition for this course under the Support Aid for Leader Training (SALT) program. Please note, for free tuition, you must register for this school through the SALT link, not this school’s site. Click here for more information and to access the SALT application form.

There are optional CPR/AED (Automated external defibrillator) courses every 4-6 weeks.  The next class is on Monday, March 30, 2020.  There is a separate  $30 tuition fee for this nationally certified CPR/AED course. The certification for this course is for two-years.  Click here for more information and registration links for the CPR/AED course.

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