Wilderness First Aid – Full Course

Course Specifications:

Course Number:


Course Length:

Full Course Time: Approximately 16 hours – $397.00 / per student

Course Description:


ASHI’s 16-hour Wilderness First Aid program is designed to meet or exceed the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition. The program includes a robust PowerPoint presentation and a greater focus on hands-on skills and scenario practices.


Course Topics

Wilderness First Aid Minor Wounds Heat Emergencies
Protecting Yourself Cleaning, Closing, and Dressing Wounds Cold Emergencies
Legal Considerations Burns Bites and Stings
Moving and Lifting Head, Neck, or Back Injuries Submersion (Drowning)
Scene Assessment Musculoskeletal Injuries Lightning Strikes
Initial Assessment Extended Injury Management Altitude Illnesses
Focused Assessment Altered Mental Status Emotional Considerations
Shock Breathing Difficulty, Shortness of Breath First Aid Kits
Control of Bleeding Abdominal Problems Protection from the Elements
Major Wounds Pain, Severe Pressure, or Discomfort in Chest Water and Food
Facial Injuries Poisoning

Target Student:

The goal of this program is to provide students a valuable and enjoyable hands-on training experience.

The fundamental objective is to use a simple, practical approach to help students develop necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide and direct lifesaving interventions as a lead emergency medical responder.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Preparation and Assessment

  1. Training for Wilderness Emergencies
  2. Patient Assessment: Learning to Find Problems
    • Checklist: Vital Signs and History
    • Checklist: Head to Toe Exam
    • Format for an Accident Report
  3. Wilderness First Aid Kits
    • List of Supplies

Lesson 2: Preventing and Caring for Injuries

  1. Shock
  2. Wilderness Wound Care
  3. Burns
  4. Backpacking Stoves: Functions and Safety
  5. Bone Injuries and Splinting
  6. Athletic Injuries

Lesson 3: Specific Injuries

  1. Head Injuries
  2. Eye and Facial Injuries
  3. Dental Emergencies
    • Emergency Dental Kit
  4. Managing Spinal Injuries
  5. Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Lesson 4: Environmental Hazards

  1. How to Beat the Heat
  2. Hypothermia
    • Immersion Hypothermia
    • CPR and Hypothermia
  3. Frostbite and Raynaud’s Disease
  4. Dressing for Survival
    • Sleeping Warm
  5. Altitude Illness
  6. Lightning Strike
  7. Wilderness Eye Protection
  8. Sunburn and Skin Protection

Lesson 5: Biological Hazards

  1. Contaminated Water
    • Water Disinfection Techniques
    • Water Filters
  2. Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Disease
  3. Spiders, Bees, and Wasps
  4. Venomous Snakes
  5. Hazardous Mammals
  6. Hazardous Marine Animals
  7. Hazardous Plants

Lesson 6: Medical Problems

  1. Respiratory Illness
  2. Gastrointestinal Illness
  3. Diabetes and Other Chronic Conditions
  4. CPR in the Wilderness
  5. Pregnancy and Wilderness Activity

Lesson 7: Evacuation and Survival

  1. Survival and Evacuation Techniques
  2. EMS in the Wilderness
  3. Herbal First Aid