First Aid Training

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Learn how to deal with medical situations when help isnt close by.

Get the confidence to protect your life and the life of others in wilderness environments

First Aid Courses

WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) and WFR (Wilderness First Responder) courses provided in various locations around Japan.

Wilderness First Aid is a comprehensive medical training course designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments.

Accomodation
Accomodation is available at some locations, please check details on event main page.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

An advanced course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. 

Through a combination of online self-study (14 hours) and group hands-on sessions (3 days), students learn slowly over time, consolidate their knowledge, and then put their knowledge into practice.

This is a certified course run by trained experts under the Wilderness Medical Associates

Dates

Aug 23 - 26, 2024Appi Kogen, HachimantaiEnglish

WAFA, 40hrs Wilderness First Aid training, provided by WMA Japan & Japan Outdoor institute, August 25-27, APPI Kogen, Hachimantai

Price

WAFA, 40hrs Wilderness First Aid training, provided by WMA Japan & Japan Outdoor institute, August 25-27, APPI Kogen, Hachimantai

What will you learn

This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.

Online-self-study procedure

  • Materials and user ID & password will be sent to student before the start date.
  • At your own pace, take lectures (slides/videos) on the online learning system.
  • There are 19 units and about 14 hours, so we recommend that you proceed systematically.
  • Each unit has a quiz to check your knowledge. Check the gist there.

Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Study time : completed in 2 weeks (14 days: 36 hours).

Day 1 – Day 11: Online – self-study (about 14 hours)

Day 12-14: Practical session (total 22 hours)

    • Day 1 (7 hours) 10:00-12:00/13:00-18:00
    • Day 2 (8 hours) 9:00-12:00/13:00-18:00
    • Day 3 (7 hours) 9:00-12:00/13:00-17:00

* A qualification test will be conducted during the practical session. (Practical + written 25 questions)

Things needed for lectures and practical skills

  • Indoor shoes
  • Day bag (enough to carry your own belongings during outdoor training)
  • Winter clothing, rain gear, change of clothes, towels, etc. (please prepare plenty)
    • In addition to practicing rescue, you will also be asked to act as the role of a sick and injured person. Therefore, be prepared to get your clothes dirty, wet, and torn.
  • Watch (one that can measure seconds or has a second hand)
  • Headlight
  • Lunch, drinks, portable food, etc.
  • Teaching materials (if distributed in advance by the organizer), writing utensils, things you can take notes on, etc.
  • Camping mat (silver mat, etc. if you have one)
  • Other items deemed necessary for outdoor activities (if you are a guide, we recommend that you bring the usual equipment for guiding )

Included Materials
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • Wilderness and Rescue First Aid
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

Equipment
We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

An entry level course, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, wilderness guides, members of the military, professional search and rescue teams, wildland firefighters, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief.

The course provides essential training in wilderness medicine, leadership, and critical thinking for professionals and leaders working and traveling in outdoor, low-resource, and remote environments.

The WFR curriculum is both comprehensive and practical and involves a minimum of 70 hours of instruction when taught in the United States (hours vary slightly in other countries). During the course, students learn the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

This is a certified course run by trained experts under the Wilderness Medical Associates

Dates

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Price

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The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence-based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting-edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.

  • The general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
  • Environmental medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
  •  Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
  • Musculoskeletal problems including unstable and stable injuries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
  • Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
  • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
  • WMA wilderness protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.

Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. WMA is committed to making reasonable accommodations to any student with special needs.

Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this course.

Study time : completed in 2 weeks (14 days: 36 hours).

Day 1 – Day 11: Online – self-study (about 14 hours)

Day 12-14: Practical session (total 22 hours)

    • Day 1 (7 hours) 10:00-12:00/13:00-18:00
    • Day 2 (8 hours) 9:00-12:00/13:00-18:00
    • Day 3 (7 hours) 9:00-12:00/13:00-17:00

* A qualification test will be conducted during the practical session. (Practical + written 25 questions)

Things needed for lectures and practical skills

  • Indoor shoes
  • Day bag (enough to carry your own belongings during outdoor training)
  • Winter clothing, rain gear, change of clothes, towels, etc. (please prepare plenty)
    • In addition to practicing rescue, you will also be asked to act as the role of a sick and injured person. Therefore, be prepared to get your clothes dirty, wet, and torn.
  • Watch (one that can measure seconds or has a second hand)
  • Headlight
  • Lunch, drinks, portable food, etc.
  • Teaching materials (if distributed in advance by the organizer), writing utensils, things you can take notes on, etc.
  • Camping mat (silver mat, etc. if you have one)
  • Other items deemed necessary for outdoor activities (if you are a guide, we recommend that you bring the usual equipment for guiding )

Included Materials
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • Wilderness and Rescue First Aid
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

Equipment
We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

A professional course, the best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures.

This is a certified course run by trained experts under the Wilderness Medical Associates

Dates

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Price

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Course topics are:
Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine

Certifications
This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time.

Day 1 (8 hours) 9:00-12:00 / 13:00-18:00

Day 2 (8 hours) 8:00-12:00 / 13:00-17:00

Things needed for lectures and practical skills

  • Indoor shoes
  • Day bag (enough to carry your own belongings during outdoor training)
  • Winter clothing, rain gear, change of clothes, towels, etc. (please prepare plenty)
    • In addition to practicing rescue, you will also be asked to act as the role of a sick and injured person. Therefore, be prepared to get your clothes dirty, wet, and torn.
  • Watch (one that can measure seconds or has a second hand)
  • Headlight
  • Lunch, drinks, portable food, etc.
  • Teaching materials (if distributed in advance by the organizer), writing utensils, things you can take notes on, etc.
  • Camping mat (silver mat, etc. if you have one)
  • Other items deemed necessary for outdoor activities (if you are a guide, we recommend that you bring the usual equipment for guiding )

Included Materials
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • Wilderness and Rescue First Aid
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

Equipment
We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.

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