Wilderness First Aid (WFA) for Hike Leaders


Wilderness First Aid (WFA) for Hike Leaders - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course for hike leaders. This course provides basic wilderness medicine training course that focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care is not readily available.

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Saturday and Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm at Seattle Program Center, Cascade A/B.

This is a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by Remote Medical Training (RMT), a leader in wilderness medicine training and education with priority registration for hike leaders. The WFA course is taught over 2 days and designed to provide elementary skills in remote care. Based on recommendations from the Wilderness Medical Society and evidence-based research, the curriculum focuses on making sound decisions regarding patient evacuation, as well as skills for extended care. The Wilderness First Aid courses are hands-on, experiential format providing students with the skills and confidence for making remote medical care decisions. WFA is ideal for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who either work or play away from definitive medical facilities and support.

If taking this course would be a financial hardship, please inquire about scholarships through the Seattle Hiking Committee: seattlehikeleader@gmail.com

For more information on Remote Medical Training, see their website.


Looking for renewal options? Wilderness First Aid is renewed by re-taking the full course. A variety of options are available. If you prefer in-person training, register for this course or another in-person course. Some providers are also offering online or remote/virtual renewals in some cases. If you take a WFA course outside the Mountaineers organization, follow information below for equivalency. 


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. A WFA course completed through another provider will also fulfill all or part of the requirements.

If Scenario sessions are required for the Mountaineers course, equivalency candidates may also be required to complete a Scenario session. See Equivalency Information or contact course leader for more information.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard hiking gear.

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