Wilderness First Aid Course

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
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This course was rescheduled from September 2020 to September 2021 due to COVID-19.

Wilderness First Aid Course

Do not register thru Meetup. Interested parties must contact Terry Owen, [masked] to register.

Special Opportunity: The Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter and Kirtland Air Force Base, Outdoor Recreation are co-sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course especially geared toward our members. This course is in high demand and typically fills-up months in advance.

Executive Summary: The SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course is a 2-day first aid course that provides training for anyone that spends time hiking, skiing, engaged in other outdoor pursuits, or just wants to know what to do when things go south. The course is a blend of lecture, demonstrations and scenarios. Students will have ample opportunity to practice skills in life-like situations, both as patients and caregivers. At the successful completion of the two day course you will be certified or re-certified in Wilderness First Aid. Attendees must participate in all portions and hours of the course to obtain certification.

Why attend: People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? If you’re ever more than an hour away from a hospital or one mile from any road you need to know what to do. Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

Price: The price for the course is $125 per person for Sierra Club members. This special price is approximately 50% off of the regular price for a wilderness first aid course.

Not a Sierra Club member but want to attend the training?: Join here for the discounted price of $15:

When: September 11-12, 2021 (participants must commit to attend both days)

Class times: Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, Outdoor Recreation Office, Albuquerque, NM. Transportation onto the base will be provided for those without base access from Wherry Elementary School and additional information will be provided to paying attendees prior to the training dates. Note that attendees must be US Citizens to gain access to the base.

If You Want to Attend: Please respond to me at [masked] no later than August 1st if you wish to attend. To be included in the course, you will be given until August 14th to submit payment for the entire course fee. Payment directions will be sent in a subsequent email for those who’ve RSVP'd. This is necessary to hold your seat and reserve the instructor and classroom. Maximum class size will be 16 students and those seats are expected to go fast.

Who is the WFA for: The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It includes classroom instruction and actual treatment scenarios. While there’s not a graded final exam students must demonstrate that they understand key elements and techniques presented in the curriculum.
Material Covered in the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course:
Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
Backcountry Essentials
Cold-Related Injuries
Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
Heat-Related Injuries
Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
Patient Assessment System
Patient Lifting & Moving
Principles of Fracture Care
Response & Assessment
Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
Spinal Cord Injury Management
Sprains & Strains
Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries
Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
Universal Precautions
Use of Epinephrine