NOLS Wilderness First Aid

Apr 27–Apr 28, 2019
Full with  Waitlist
Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood, CO
Jul 6–Jul 7, 2019
Seats Available
Colorado Springs, CO

Get prepared for the unexpected. When injuries or illnesses happen in the backcountry, you want to know what to do!

Over two days, you'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.

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Is this for me?

Wilderness First Aid is a great course for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Whether you're a hiker, mountain biker, backpacker, climber, or trail runner, you'll learn skills that will help you deal with injuries and illnesses when outside civilization.

The course can also serve as an introduction to wilderness medicine for outdoor professionals, guides, and rangers.

There are no prerequisites and no expected prior knowledge.

Here's the plan...



Check-in is at 7:45 AM in the Community Room on the lower level of the west wing of the Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Campus. Please refer to the campus map in the Course Info Packet emailed after you register.


  • Introductions
  • Patient Assessment System

(Lunch Break)


  • Emergency and Evacuation Plans
  • Spine Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Shock
  • Wilderness Wound Management

The day will finish at 5:00 PM.



Please be back in the Community Room by 8:00 AM to start our second day.


  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Scenario
  • Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Heat Illness

(Lunch Break)


  • Scenario
  • Cold Injury
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illness
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Closure

The course will finish at 5:00 PM.

Important Details & FAQ

  • The course takes place on the Lakewood Campus of Red Rocks Community College. Use this address for navigation: 13300 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO.

    Classroom portions of the course will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the west wing. Refer to the course info packet for a map of the campus with our room marked.

  • Yes! Advance registration is required and courses usually sell out. Register now to secure your spot!

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine is a very reputable course provider with an excellent curriculum and world-class instructors.

  • We'll be in an indoor classroom, as well as outdoors for practice scenarios. Be ready to spend time outside, even in crummy weather!

    Be sure to review the complete packing list in your course's info packet.

  • If have a change of plans, you can cancel for a full refund until 90 days before the course. Woohoo! Be sure to review our full Trip and Course Policies for all the details.

  • Camping or car-camping at the course location is not permitted. There are some nearby options, though:

    Bear Creek Lake Park is a 15-minute drive from the course. Reserve a campsite online:

    Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a 25-minute drive from the course. Reserve a campsite online:

  • Yes! Here are the details:

    Pre-Course Access to College Credit

    The WFA course is pre-approved for 0.5 semester hour credits through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $60. Thirty days prior to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

    On-Course Access to College Credit

    The WFA course is pre-approved for one semester hour credit through the University of Utah for an additional cost of $95. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please ask your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.

  • You bet! Take the RTD light rail W-Line train to the Red Rocks College Station.

  • You can!

    NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification holders may take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course to recertify a WAFA, WFR or WEMT certification. Certification holders from other wilderness medicine training organizations cannot recertify through a Wilderness First Aid course.

    There are additional details in the course info packet.

  • We'll take a break for lunch each day. You can pack something to eat or visit a local restaurant.

    I (Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder) have decent taste and recommend these eateries:

    • Modern Market - Salads, sandwiches, and pizza. (14630 W Colfax Ave Suite 130, Lakewood, CO)
    • Motomaki - Sushi burritos and bowls. (14650 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO)
    • Wahoo’s - Tacos, bowls, and such made with a variety of proteins. (280 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO)
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Possible change of plans? You can cancel for a full refund until 90 days before the course.

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