Build the skills and knowledge you need for backcountry travel with Wilderness First Aid Training. Golden Mountain Guides offers comprehensive Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses in the Denver, Golden, and Boulder areas, tailored for those seeking to enhance their outdoor safety skills and preparedness. Join us for our 2-Day WFA Certifications and 3-Day Skills Specific Seminars for climbing and skiing.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Training

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification is considered essential for anyone venturing into remote outdoor areas, whether for personal adventure or professional guiding. It is often the first step for guides and outdoor enthusiasts to gain the necessary skills to handle medical emergencies in the wilderness. The WFA program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage common injuries and illnesses that may occur in a backcountry setting.

The main focus of this program is to effectively manage risk and provide care in environments where professional medical help may be delayed. Participants will learn how to assess and respond to various medical situations, apply first aid techniques, and use available resources to ensure safety and stability until further help is available.

Even if you have no desire to work professionally in the guiding industry, the WFA course is an excellent way to increase your outdoor safety knowledge and better your recreational experiences.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Courses

Wilderness First Aid For Climbers

Learn the critical first aid skills, risk management strategies, and emergency response techniques specifically for climbing-related injuries throughout this two-day course. Gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge to ensure you’re prepared for any climbing emergency.

Wilderness First Aid + Rescue Essentials

Three-day offering combining climbing-focused rescue scenarios with WFA skills. This offering starts with Backcountry Pulse’s 16-hour WFA certification and adds an 8-hour rock rescue component. This course counts as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification.

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Wilderness First Aid For Avalanche Rescue

This specialized three-day course focuses on the unique medical and safety challenges associated with avalanche rescue. Learn how to assess and respond to injuries resulting from avalanches, apply first aid techniques, and manage risk in avalanche-prone environments. This course counts as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification.

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