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High-quality risk management training for dedicated outdoor professionals and recreationalists.

Southern California’s best source for Wild20070118_WMA_0168_lowres_crop2erness Medicine Training

Adventure Risk Management proudly sponsors a wide variety of Wilderness Medical Associates courses- internationally recognized as the finest wilderness medicine training available. Courses include:wma-logo

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR- 5 Day Format!)
  • Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT)
  • Recertification Courses

Why choose Adventure Risk Management as the sponsor of your Wilderness Medicine Course?

  • Most courses are offered in the spectacular mountain environment of the San Jacinto mountains, near the town of Idyllwild. Before, during or after your course, enjoy great hiking, mountain biking and world-class climbing at Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks.
  • Wilderness Medicine Course Discount Program helps make these incredibly valuable courses as accessible as possible.
  • Stay with Adventure Risk Management: Cumulative discounts for returning students!
  • Get the Training You Need: Our unique sponsorship arrangement with WMA means rare course cancellations.
  • SCHWAG! Registered students receive discounts for local outdoor retailers!

navigateRisk Management Consultation and Program Development

Virtually all Outdoor and Adventure Education programs embrace the value of risk as a means of education and self-discovery. Adventure Risk Management can assist your program in achieving your risk management goals and improve program quality with the insight of some of the industry’s most recognized specialists.




Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy
The Adventure Risk Management Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy is based upon our goal to deliver quality, well-planned courses for our clients. Late cancellations and transfers place courses at risk of cancellation, creating hardship and frustration for other registered clients. Further, once a client is confirmed on a course, Adventure Risk Management incurs multiple expenses that cannot be recovered after a cancellation. Read this Policy carefullyregardless of the nature of your cancellation or transfer request (illness, injury, family emergency, work responsibility, etc.) the terms of this policy will apply to your Registration!

Registration: All courses require full payment to reserve a space. There are no refunds or transfers for no-shows or early departures from a course. Cancellations or transfer requests will be handled according to the following criteria:

Course Textbook costs
If you cancel your registration, the cost of any course textbook (plus shipping fees) that you may have received pre-course will be in addition to any cancellation processing fees. In the event that your course cancels for any reason, you will be responsible for the cost of any textbook(s) that were mailed to you prior to your course. To avoid these costs, any textbook must be returned to us within one week of a cancellation notification, and must be in absolutely new, re-usable condition. (As of December 2015, ‘Wilderness and Rescue Medicine’ cost is $45. ‘Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook’ is $15.95) In the unlikely event that Adventure Risk Management cancels your course (i.e. due to low enrollment), you will be responsible for the cost of any textbooks & shipping costs, unless they are returned to us within 7 days of the cancellation notice in absolutely new, re-usable condition.

5 Day WFR courses ONLY: Cancellation or transfer requests received between 15 to 30 days prior to Day 1 will receive a 50% tuition refund or transfer credit to a future course. (Transfer credits must be used within six months of original course.) Cancellation or transfer requests received 14 days or less prior to Day 1 result in 100% forfeiture of tuition.

Registration Requests received within 14 days of Day 1 are subject to a $30 Late Registration fee. Additional shipping costs may be applied to expedite textbook shipping.

Eligibility: If you do not pass your course, or become ineligible for certification for any reason including tardiness or absence, there are no refunds. For Recertification or Bridge students, please note that that you are responsible to ensure your eligibility for these courses with Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). If you arrive at your course and are determined to be ineligible for your course, there are no refunds. Contact WMA at 207.730.7331 or Adventure Risk Management for more information.

Due to policies of some facilities where our wilderness medicine courses are conducted, all registered participants must be 18 years of age to participate in a course, or the parent or legal guardian must be present throughout the course.

Course Cancellation
Though uncommon, Courses or Events may be cancelled for reasons outside of the control of Adventure Risk Management (i.e. low enrollment, weather, etc.). In the event of such cancellation, you will receive a full refund, or you may transfer to another Course with no additional fee. (If applicable to your course, you may either return unused textbooks & incur no cost to you, or you may keep them at the cost of the text plus any shipping cost.) Adventure Risk Management will not be financially responsible for any client travel or lodging expenses, or for any other client preparations made for a Course.

Wilderness Medicine Course Tuitions

Wilderness Medicine courses

Verification of Accuracy and Full Disclosure Statement

I understand and acknowledge that Adventure Risk Management is not making a determination of my fitness for a course, training or event; rather, I represent to Adventure Risk Management and verify that I am physically fit and ready for the course, training or event.

I understand and acknowledge that my failure to disclose relevant information may result in harm to myself and others during a course, training or event. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Apogee Endeavors, LLC dba Adventure Risk Management (hereafter referred to as ‘Adventure Risk Management’) and its affiliates, members, officers, employees, independent contractors and other agents from any claims I may make for personal injuries or death to myself and from the claims of third parties whose injury or death I may have contributed to or caused as a result of my failure to disclose any such information.

   I represent and warrant that I have provided all material and important information to Adventure Risk Management pertaining to my medical, mental, and physical condition, in view of my participation on a course or training. I agree to notify the Lead Instructor if there is any change in my physical, mental, or medical condition prior to my scheduled course or training. I further represent and warrant that this information is complete and accurate.

Parent or legal guardian is required to be present at all courses.

Parents or legal guardians who register as paid participants may participate in all activities. Parents or legal guardians who do not wish to participate may attend as observers (with no participation) at no fee, however must register for the course as a participant, and will be required to complete the Assumption of Risk form.

John Jacobs Background

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Outdoor Education Industry Experience

Rescue & Emergency Medicine Experience

Other Outdoor Industry Experience

IMG16_CropOutdoor Recreation Interests & Experience

Mountain adventure sports have been a central part of John’s entire life. He is well-versed in all disciplines of climbing including mountaineering, traditional & sport climbing, ice climbing, bouldering in locations across Western North America including Alaska, Coast Range, Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Southern California, and Mexico. In addition to his climbing interests, he has done extensive long-distance hiking, and backcountry skiing. A few of his notable achievements include:



Backcountry Skiing


Bill 'Jobi' Hanson Background

JobiHanson1Bill ‘Jobi’ Hanson has been an EMT since 1989, and a Paramedic since 2000. He began his career in pre-hospital medicine as a combat medic for the US Army. Since then he has worked urban EMS in Boston and rural EMS in Vermont, Oregon, and Colorado as well as on a professional ski patrol, on a critical-care transport service, and as a Flight Paramedic on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.  Jobi also worked for several years as a wilderness educator, rock-climbing guide, and program director for Outward Bound and similar organizations with groups ranging from juvenile offenders to corporate executives.  Currently he works as a Helicopter Rescue Specialist and Crew Chief for Travis County STAR Flight in Austin, Tx. In his spare time he rock-climbs, paddles, scuba dives, and trains for triathlons. 

Deb Ajango Background

DebAjangoDeb Ajango has instructed for Wilderness Medical Associates International for more than a dozen years. She lives in Alaska and has traveled the state extensively. Besides teaching classes for WMA, she owns and operates a business in outdoor safety. Deb’s claim to fame is that she and her husband have actually been attacked (and husband mauled) by a grizzly bear.

Ben Dowdy Background

BenDowdyBen Dowdy has been involved with the outdoors since childhood, and in EMS since 2003. He has worked in eastern Kentucky as a paramedic, tactical medic, and EMS educator. In 2012, he worked in Yellowstone National Park as a paramedic. In addition to teaching all around the US for WMA, Ben is involved with Eastern Kentucky University’s paramedic program and performs SAR and technical rescue in the Red River Gorge area. When not working for SOMEBODY, he racks up plenty of trail and rock time in the southeastern US.