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First Aid Course

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

The Wilderness First Aid course (formerly MOFA) is normally a 16 hour program plus a scenario practice session, and provides participants with a nationally recognized certification for basic backcountry first aid and emergency response.

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COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Leader permission needed for now while  postponed 2021 students and new leaders are added. By December 2021 (probably sooner), everyone will be able to register. Also, joining the waitlist is encouraged - if there is sufficient interest, we'll add more dates.

The Mountaineers Wilderness First Aid course (formerly MOFA) normally consists of two parts. To finish the course and receive the Wilderness First Aid badge, participants must usually complete both of the following:

WFA Wilderness First Aid  - two 8-hour lectures

WFA Scenarios -  a 2-3 hour hands-on scenarios practice session 

During 2020 and 2021, a modified version has been offered. See those courses for details.

Wilderness First Aid is taught by experienced wilderness and emergency medical providers from Remote Medical International (RMI). The course includes an independent certification that is recognized nationally. Your course fee covers the cost of this instruction.

WFA Scenarios is a hands-on practical session at an outdoor location to test your skills after completing the Wilderness First Aid course.   Register for a scenario date that occurs after your WFA course. Completion of the lectures and the scenarios session are required to receive your badge in the Mountaineers system. You may not do these out of order.

Equivalency notes: Some requirements may be waived or equivalency granted to individuals who have current backcountry medical certifications or extensive experience in providing medical care in remote or austere environments. Contact the course leader if you meet these requirements. You will have to provide proof of your certification and/or experience and may still be required to complete the Scenarios portion of the class to receive credit. Urban and front-country medical training alone is not sufficient to meet this requirement, even with advanced education and experience. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
WFA Wilderness First Aid (RMI)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 9, 2022 -
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Registration closes Mar 28
8 participants
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 18, 2022 -
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 6
23 participants
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Oct 22, 2022 -
Sun, Oct 23, 2022
Registration closes Oct 10
30 participants
Roster
Required Equipment

Just regular study materials such as a pen, and clothing suitable for outdoor exercises.

Course Materials

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