Course Schedule

wma-logoAdventure Risk Management is proud to be a sponsor of Wilderness Medical Associates courses, the recognized leader of wilderness medicine training worldwide. This medical training is intended for those who regularly venture to remote or wilderness environments, where calling ‘911’ just isn’t an option.
Course Offerings

Our Instructors
We are proud to feature Wilderness Medical Associates Instructors on our courses- Click here for background information on our most frequent instructors.

Course Scheduling
All courses begin promptly at 8 am on Day 1. You can expect very full days, including the final day of the course- classes commonly end at 6:30 (or later!) each day. Please consider this in making your travel plans. See our Travel Considerations page for more information.


COVID-19 considerations

Adventure Risk Management is currently offering wilderness medicine courses utilizing a number of strategies designed to reduce the risks of COVID-19. We take these conditions quite seriously, and endeavor to manage these risks to the extent reasonably possible. These strategies include:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Face mask requirement during course
  • Physical distancing whenever feasible
  • Outdoor instruction (when feasible)
  • Pre-course health screening of participants
  • Daily temperature monitoring
  • Numerous bathroom and handwashing stations
  • Limited dorm room habitation
  • Class and dorm rooms sanitized prior to course
  • Daily sanitizing of class and dorms (by participants)
  • Enhanced equipment cleaning practices

It must be understood that the very nature of emergency medicine training of any kind does require proximity to other persons in order to gain competence in skills such as patient assessment, obtaining vital signs, and a wide range of treatments. Enhanced practices will be implemented throughout our courses to mitigate the risks of viral transmission, balanced against the reality of building the skills necessary to provide good patient care.

We strongly encourage you to carefully consider these factors before choosing to enroll in a course, and we are happy to answer and questions you might have. We will interpret your registration as an acknowledgment of these factors, and will then direct our efforts towards providing the course for which you and other students have registered. All course registrations will be subject to the Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

We look forward to seeing you on course!



Wilderness First Responder- 5 Day Format

  • Wilderness First Responder is the standard for full time outdoor professionals and those are serious about their outdoor adventures. This is a professional certification course with rigorous standards for participation and certification (though many will participate primarily for their personal interests).
  • This specialized, 5 Day Format of the Wilderness First Responder involves an extensive Pre-Course Study Process that is designed to replace 25 hours of on-site class time.
  • The Pre-Course Study Process consists of reading of the entire textbook, completion of an extensive Study Guide, several Case Studies, and a Pre-Course Online Exam.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This course has a Registration Deadline of 14 days prior to start date to ensure adequate time to complete the Pre-Course Study Process.

2020 Dates

Start-End Course Location Amenities Length   Tuition
6/17/20-6/21/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $689 Contact Office
8/19/20-8/23/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $689 Enroll
9/23/20-9/27/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $689 Enroll
10/10/20-10/14/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $689 Enroll
  • Upon processing of your Registration Request, a Confirmation Email will be sent you with information about how to log in to your course to access logistical and study information.
  • REGISTER EARLY: Courses regularly fill to capacity! Lower tuition rate for registrations received 30 days or more prior to course start date.
  • Looking for a course for a group of 12 or more? Contact Us to arrange a private course!


Wilderness First Responder (8 Day Format)

  • More courses may be added soon- check back with us!

 


Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA, 36 hours, 4 days)

    • More courses may be added soon- check back with us!


WAFA to WFR ‘Bridge’ Course (36 hours, 4 days)

  • More courses may be added soon- check back with us!

 



Wilderness First Aid (WFA, 18 hours, 2 days)

  • Intended for: Recreationalists, or those seeking a solid introduction to the concepts of wilderness medicine.

2020 Dates

Start-End Course Location Amenities Length Tuition
8/28/20-8/30/20 WFA- Extended Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
2 Days $349  enroll
10/2/20-10/4/20 WFA- Extended Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
2 Days $349  enroll
Wilderness First Aid Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
 2 Days $249 enroll
  • The Extended WFA course is a 3 day, expanded curriculum to satisfy the training standards for Sierra Club Leaders. This course is intended for WTC Sierra Club Leaders, however space may be available to any interested registrant. Contact Us for more information.
  • Optional pre-course textbook shipping is available in the registration form- be sure to add $9 shipping & handling.
  • Looking for a course for a group of 12 or more? Contact Us to arrange a private course!
  • REGISTER EARLY: Registrations received within 14 days of course start date are subject to a $30 Late Registration Fee.


Open Recertification Course (27 hours, 3 days)

  • Intended for: Those looking to recertify an existing WFR or WEMT certification. Your certification must be current (or within the grace period of the certifying agency) at the start of your course. Certification must come from courses with a minimum of 64 continual hours of wilderness-oriented medical training, within three years of the Open Recertification Course. (i.e. WMA, NOLS/WMI)
  • You are responsible to ensure your eligibility for this course- see WMA’s Recertification FAQ’s, or contact them at 207.730.7331. Ineligible certifications will be subject to the Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

2020 Dates

Start-End Course Location Amenities Length Tuition
9/11/20-9/13/20 Open Recertification Idyllwild Camping/
lodging available
3 Days $379-$359 enroll
11/6/20-11/8/20 Open Recertification Idyllwild Camping/
lodging available
3 Days $379-$359  enroll
  • Upon processing of your Registration Request, a Confirmation Email will be sent you with information about how to log in to your course to access logistical and study information.
  • Recertifying students are required to complete the Pre-Course Study Process prior to your arrival at the course.
  • The required textbook for this course is ‘Wilderness and Rescue Medicine’, Jeff Isaacs (Seventh Edition)- this text is used on all WMA WFR or WEMS courses. All students are required to have a copy of this textbook- it is necessary to complete the Pre-Course Study Process. If you already have this text from your previous WMA course, you may deduct $20 from the course tuition.
  • The textbook may be accessed electronically here at WMA’s website– however, it is not downloadable and requires an internet connection to access. If you wish to receive your text prior to your course, be sure to add $9 shipping to your Registration Request, and specify a US Mail address.
  • Professional level CPR certification is included in this course.
  • Looking for a course for a group of 12 or more? Contact Us to arrange a private course!
  • REGISTER EARLY: Registrations received within 14 days of course start date are subject to a $30 Late Registration Fee.


Wilderness EMS ‘Upgrade’ (WEMS, 45 hours, 5 days)

  • Intended for: Those who hold medical training or certification at the level of EMT or higher. Prerequisites include: EMT certification (or currently enrolled in a course) or Paramedic. RN’s, PA’s or MD’s may also participate in the course for an WEMS Audit card.
Start-End Course Location Amenities Length Tuition
WEMS Upgrade Idyllwild Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $659 enroll
  • Earn Continuing Education Units for this course! WMA is a CECBEMS-approved EMS training provider.
  • Optional pre-course textbook shipping is available in the registration form- be sure to add $9 shipping & handling.
  • Looking for a course for a group of 12 or more? Contact Us to arrange a private course!
  • REGISTER EARLY: Registrations received within 14 days of course start date are subject to a $30 Late Registration Fee.
Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy


Registration, Cancellation and Transfer Policy

5 Day WFR only:

  • 30 days or more prior to Day 1 of your course: Cancellations or transfer request will be subject to a $75 processing fee, per registration.
  • 15 days to 30 days prior to Day 1: 50% tuition refund or transfer credit. Transfer credits must be used within six months of original course.
  • 14 days to 48 hours prior to Day 1: Cancellation or transfer requests result in 100% forfeiture of tuition.
  • If you are able to find another person to fill your space, there will be a $75 processing fee (per registration).

Courses other than 5 Day WFR:

  • 15 days or more prior to Day 1 of your course: Cancellations or transfer request will be subject to a $75 processing fee, per registration.
  • 14 days to 48 hours prior to Day 1: 50% tuition refund or transfer credit. Transfer credits must be used within six months of original course.
  • 48 hours or less prior to Day 1: Cancellations or transfer requests result in 100% forfeiture of tuition.
  • If you are able to find another person to fill your space, there will be a $75 processing fee (per registration).

Course Textbook costs: If you cancel your registration (or if your course is cancelled for any reason), 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)

Eligibility, Course Participation, Certification: You are responsible to ensure your own eligibility for any course (i.e. Recertification or Bridge courses) prior to your arrival. No refunds or credits will be issued for any of the following circumstances:

  • Ineligibility for Recertification or Bridge courses.
  • Ineligibility for certification due to tardiness or absence (100% attendance is required to be eligible for certification).
  • Early departures or no shows.
  • Failure of course for any reason.

Course Policies: In the interest of a healthy, conducive learning environment, all participants are expected to adhere to the Course Policies:

  • There is no smoking in any of the buildings. Smoking is allowed only at designated outdoor sites.
  • Minors must have their parent or legal guardian present with them throughout the course.
  • There are no pets allowed at any course. Pets may not be left in vehicles during a course.
  • Please refrain from all alcohol or drug use at any time at the facilities where this course is conducted.
  • Your personal items are your responsibility- take reasonable precautions in securing your personal items. Adventure Risk Management will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Adventure Risk Management reserves the right to dismiss any participant from a course due to violation of any course policy or disruptive behaviors, with no refund or transfer credit.

Course cancellation or rescheduling by Adventure Risk Management:  Though uncommon, Courses or Events may be cancelled for reasons outside of the control of Adventure Risk Management (i.e. low enrollment, impacts related to COVID-19, etc.). If such a course cancellation or rescheduling occurs, registered participants may utilize either of the following options:

Textbook costs will be applied as described above.

Adventure Risk Management will not be financially responsible for any participant travel or lodging expenses, or for any other participant preparations made for a Course or Event.

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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.

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

Due to insurance regulations and the policies of facilities where our courses are provided, all minor students (less than 18 years of age at the time of the course) must have their parent or legal guardian present, attending as a fully-registered & paid student. Only registered/paid participants may attend a course- family/friends/coworkers, or children/infants of registered/paid participants may NOT attend.

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John Jacobs Background

20070118_WMA_0003_lowres_cropWilderness Medicine Instructional Experience

 

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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:

Climbing

Hiking

Backcountry Skiing

 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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