We created this course in 2015, after numerous requests from OEC Techs (ski patrol techs) and ski patrol directors. To provide a course that would both recognize the excellent trauma and rescue skills of the certified patroller and build an EMT on that foundation by filling the gaps of the OEC course until they meet the required National EMT content. The curriculum focuses on a deeper understanding of Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Medical Emergencies, urban rescue, ambulance operations, HazMat, MCI/Triage, and much more. After the pilot program, we have spread out the course content over four weekends, over about 5-6 weeks. This creates a more reasonable pace over the 90+ hours of the course, which includes take-home quizzes, clinical experiences, and on-line lessons. This course allows the certified OEC Technician to become an EMT in about half the time and about a third of the usual course cost. This course is designed to prepare the student for the National Registry Exams and National certification. 80+ hrs., Sat/Sun, over 4 weekends.
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the quintessential wilderness medicine certification enabling rescuers to deliver expert care far into the wild. Also known as “Woofers”, a WFR certification will allow outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts to assess, treat, and rescue the sick and injured from potentially dangerous wilderness environments. Click here to register.
The Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course is a comprehensive, evidence-based wilderness medicine course that prepares the student to manage injuries and illnesses far from help. The accelerated 3-week schedule allows students to be full-time learners, completing the 180+ hour curriculum with minimal interruption. Classes Monday through Saturday with 9 hours of blended hands-on and classroom time. Clinical experience is gained with 911 ride-along and emergency room rotations during evenings and weekends. Instruction is a dynamic combination of lecture, skill labs, scenarios, mock drills, team-building, and on-line study. The instructors have decades of experience in wilderness and expedition medicine. This course prepares the student for the National Registry exams and Nationally recognized certification. Click here to register for this course!
The 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course is the entry-level of emergency care for outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts. During this course, you will learn how to assess a sick or injured person, determine what is wrong, initiate life-saving treatments, and make the decision whether to evacuate. A WFA certification is often required to lead groups on trips and at camps. This course is taught to meet or exceed Wilderness Medical Society standards and guidelines. Click here to register!