This course offers First Aid and CPR training for when access to medical care is delayed. It is well suited for individuals who tend to work or play in semi-remote backcountry settings. Learn how to identify common backcountry problems as serious vs not serious. Additionally, gain the confidence to make decisions and take action to help yourself and others in an emergency.
Wilderness First Aid Courses in California
Learn how to deliver epinephrine to someone in anaphylactic shock
Clear understanding of serious vs not serious issues
What situations can be managed on your own and when to call for help
Identifying high risk vs low risk injuries
Clear and simple steps for patient assessment
Establishing stable vs unstable problems
Prevention of the most common backcountry emergencies
Risk management and decision making for trips
How to communicate clearly in an emergency to get the help you need
Manage any type of airway compromise, such as choking
Controlling life threatening bleeding
Lifting and moving with spine precautions
How to tell if someone has a concussion or not
Splinting basic injuries
Heat based challenges
Thermoregulation and cold based injuries
Understanding risk of drowning and lightning
An introduction to common medical problems and how to manage in remote settings.
WFA certification valid for 3 years
Includes CPR for the professional rescuer certification
CA Epinephrine training certification
WFA—Wilderness First Aid
California WFA Trainings
This WFA course is designed for 2 comprehensive days of instruction in person.
Students have the option to enhance comprehension by exploring our online course resources. Many students find this better prepares them for hands-on practice during the class.
The WFA includes a broad range of introductory medical skills and topics, including patient assessment, CPR, AED, and basic life support skills.
This will include group demonstrations, skills clinics, and a lot of role-playing. Students will practice patient care on live ‘patients’ in realistic drills and simulations.
Field Services WFA (3 days)
WFA- Field Service
This WFA course is for industrial, technical, and field support staff in remote areas. The core medical components of a basic WFA will be covered with additional emphasis on cardiac and spine-related medical problems.
In addition, this course will spend time addressing the location, equipment, and field-specific challenges of the group.
The core medical knowledge of a WFA with group-specific field topics and electives
Additional electives may include: Altitude, Scuba, Cold Injuries, Specific Toxins & Envenomations (other options by request)
Students have the option to enhance comprehension by exploring our online course resources. Many students find this better prepares them for the hands-on practice during the class.
"Natalie is an inspiration. She is very knowledgeable, including extensive Search and Rescue experience, best instructor I've ever had, and has a delightful personality!"
"...thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for showing me the kind of person I can be and empowering me in every way to help others in need. The WFR course alone has opened so many doors for me and I know that I will carry this for the rest of my life."
"I thought I had seen the best, but N.B. is right up there and earlier in her career. Top echelon of outdoor professionals. This is clearly in her blood!"
"It is because of the lessons that you taught me that I saved a life today. I can never thank you enough for passing down the knowledge that I did not think I would ever have to use. I may have responded but you are the true hero Natalie. Thank you."
"I felt insanely confident when evaluating her injuries and creating a communication/evacuation plan.. So happy to have had your amazing instruction and would take the class again in a heartbeat."
The class was challenging. Patient engagements often hard. And I am truly grateful for the opportunity to learn by doing; the drills are so valuable and essential. I'm a much better prepared WFR for it
Natalie blew me away with her knowledge, passion, and excellent teaching skills. Throughout her WFR Recertification class, I felt challenged, supported, and empowered. A great teacher, making greater guides.
Your passion for wilderness education was evident ... and immediately attracted me to your offerings. Your instruction style was direct, corrective, repetitive, when necessary, and the entire time I could still feel the love you have for the curriculum and the desire to send us onward as stewards of your studio...I was grateful for every piece of instruction.
Natalie is a Corporate & Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA) and the American Heart Association (AHA). As a seasoned outdoor educator, medic and guide, she has experienced first hand the power of the life saving skills taught through WMA. Natalie brings an incredible depth of experience and knowledge along with an unparalleled passion for teaching.
CA EMT, National Registered EMT, Wilderness First Responder (WMA),Basic Life Support (AHA)
Current work includes US Antarctic Program Joint SAR team, Previous Yosemite SAR team member, Inyo County SAR, ambulance work, field and set medic for film industry, hypothermia & survival consulting expert for Film industry
Guiding and teaching clinics since 2002, 7 years managing UC Santa Barbara Outdoor Program & Ropes Course, WMA instructor since 2016, curriculum development for WMA since 2019
Along with the above qualifications she has worked as a NPS Park Ranger, Alpine Guide in Sierra Nevada & Cascades, and currently work Field Safety for the US Antarctic Program
Natalie has certified 1,000’s of students, join her for a course- you won t regret it!
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