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 aware of the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and is adjusting our course offerings according to current conditions- if you have questions regarding the status of a scheduled course, please contact us.

During any wilderness medicine training course, measures to mitigate the risk of viral transmission are commonplace both in training, and to prepare oneself for patient care beyond the course (i.e. glove use, disinfection of patient care equipment). Registered students will be sent an email one week prior to their course inquiring about their health, and the steps necessary to address any kind of potential risk of COVID-19 infection (including non-attendance). Any course that does run will be include practices such as:

  • Courses will run in small groups of 10 or fewer students.
  • Regular classroom and kitchen cleaning (tables, doorknobs, switches, counters, etc.). These cleaning measures will be shared by all students on course.
  • Dorms are cleaned and sanitized (including mattresses) by the camp where our courses are held prior to the start of a course. Daily maintenance will be conducted by those staying in a particular dorm.
  • Bathrooms are cleaned by the camp where our courses are held- they receive daily cleaning by their staff.
  • Classroom/medical equipment will be cleaned on a regular basis by students during the course.
  • Regular, thorough, consistent handwashing will be encouraged by all students.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classroom and dorm rooms.
  • As always, the use of gloves will be emphasized during exercises where ‘patient’ contact may be necessary.
  • Tissues will be available in the classroom areas, as well as disposal containers. (For those staying in dorms, it is recommended that you bring additional for your use in those spaces.)
  • Students will be discouraged from sharing of snacks or food during courses.
  • Students who develop respiratory infection symptoms during a course will be asked to depart the course.

Adventure Risk Management is invested in providing a quality, healthy learning experience for all of our students. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

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
4/18/20-4/22/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $649 Contact Office
5/2/20-5/6/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $649 Enroll
5/13/20-5/17/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $649 Enroll
6/6/20-6/10/20 WFR, 5 Day Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
5 Days $649 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
4/25/20-4/26/20 Wilderness First Aid Idyllwild, CA Camping/
lodging available
3 Days $249 enroll
5/30/20-6/1/20 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
Read this Policy carefully- regardless 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! 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.

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Updated Policy due to COVID-19 impacts

Given the rapidly changing conditions created by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adventure Risk Management will be seeking to strike a balance between the well-being of our clients, the continued need for this type of training for professional reasons, and the financial impacts cancellations have on our ability to continue to offer these courses. Cancellation or Transfer requests will be handled under the following terms:

If Adventure Risk Management cancels a course directly related to COVID-19 impacts:

Cancellation or Transfer requests received related to a course that is scheduled to run will be subject the normal policy described below.

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Registration
All courses require full payment to reserve a space. All registered participants must be 18 years of age to participate in a course, or the parent or legal guardian a registered/paid minor must be present throughout the course. Only registered/paid participants may attend a course- family/friends/coworkers, or children/infants of registered/paid participants may NOT attend. Registration Requests received within 14 days of Day 1 are subject to a $30 Late Registration fee. Adventure Risk Management reserves the right to decline any Registration Request.

Transfer or Cancellation (5 Day WFR only):

 Transfer or Cancellation (Courses other than 5 Day WFR):

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)

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:

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

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

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. 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 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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