Wilderness First Responder Course
9 December 2023
Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa
Wilderness First Responder
Advanced training in wilderness emergency care for the wilderness professional or serious adventurer. Adapted for remote African conditions our WFR course is more intensive and comprehensive than similar courses in the USA and UK.
This course is aimed at everyone who travels off the beaten track whether on foot or in a vehicle. It is ideal training for adventure guides and other professionals who work in the wilds and may end up in a situation where they need to take prolonged care of sick or injured clients or colleagues.
True wilderness professionals realise their responsibility to their clients and colleagues and obtain the best training possible for the conditions they work in. This course syllabus meets and exceeds the international norm for adventure guides.
Introduction to wilderness first aid & legal issues in wilderness first aid
Basic principles of first aid and safety, scene management
Anatomy and physiology, advanced patient assessment & equipment
CPR, advanced CPR equipment, oxygen, AED
Choking, shock, unconsciousness and fainting
Head and spinal injury
Wounds, bleeding, dressings and bandages, wound closure
Infection control and long-term wound care
Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations, splints
Improvised splinting, traction and other treatments
Diabetes, seizures and epilepsy, cardiac conditions
Hypothermia, hyperthermia and other environmental conditions
Altitude related conditions, decompression illness, diving emergencies
Allergies and allergic reactions
Poisoning, bites and stings
Water emergencies and ocean related emergencies
Patient lifting, self-extrication and transport
Wilderness medicine and pharmacology
Inter-venous therapy and IM injections (remote supervised)
80 hours - typically 9 full days
SA Department of Labour
NQF Level 3 aligned certificate valid for 3 years
WMX Wilderness First Responder
R7,850 per person
Tuition; quality course notes; CPR pouch; training equipment.