Wilderness First Aid course (WFA)

Presented by the Wilderness Medical Training Center

Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors


Standard 3 day WFA Courses coming up:

Syllabus and Registration form AVAILABLE BY DATE BELOW

  • January 16-18, 2016  - Submit registration form via mail or at the Expeditionary
  • May 22-24, 2016 - Submit registration form (coming soon) via mail or at the Expeditionary
  • This is a standard three day WFA course. For a description of this course click here.
    • Open to the public - early registration prices and dates $250 by January 1, 2016 and $300 after
    • Puget Sound Students, Faculty & Staff - early registration prices and dates $200 by January 1, 2016 and $250 after

Course Information, Syllabus and Registration

This is a 3-day course which is much more comprehensive than most 2-day WFA courses.  Most WFA courses are two day courses. By doing so you will become more confident in your skills through additional scenarios and skills are added including how to clear a spinal injury. There will also be additional topics and scenarios not covered in a 2-day course.  These topics include allergies, toxins, anaphylaxis, and spine management.  Also a wilderness CPR certification is included in the the course which is not usually the case for WFA courses.

  • Sunday - Tuesday May 22nd-24th, 2016
  • The daily schedule will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with one evening session.  There will be a lunch break each day.
  • Travel after the course - the course will be over by before 6:00pm on Tuesday.  So you can schedule travel after this.  If you are flying you can probable make an 8:00pm flight.
  • WFR Re-certification - this course can be used to re-certify a WFR course:
    *To use the course as a WFR Re-certification course - $25 is added to the cost and you will take the re-certification test online after the course before your new card is received.
  • Registration form and Syllabus:
      • On-campus - You can register at the Expeditionary on campus with check, cash or credit card.
      • By Mail - you can register by mailing the form and a check for payment to:

Cyndy Gulyas
1500 N. Warner Street, #1003
Tacoma, WA 98416
w: 253-879-3317


Please review the syllabus and course information prior to the course.

Necessary Personal Equipment

  • Notebook for taking notes (bigger is better—no mini notebooks!)
  • Pens and pencils (having colors—at least red, blue, green, and black—will help)
  • Watch that can tell seconds
  • Water bottle, lunch, snacks
  • Clothes, rain pants and jacket, and footwear appropriate for outside activity (they will get wet and dirty—not the best place for your nicest outdoor gear!)
  • An extra pair of shoes/slippers to wear indoors
  • Simulation Clothing which can be cut to access wounds or cut off.
    These are required and will get cut up - clothing should fit and have no holes:
    • one long sleeved shirt, buttons are ok
    • one pair of long pants
    • two shirts without buttons
    • WOMEN MUST bring and wear a jog bra & shorts or a one-piece swimming suit under your clothing for simulations; they will NOT be cut.
    • MEN MUST bring and wear a pair of shorts or swimsuit under your simulation clothes; they will not be cut.


  • Food will not be provided as a part of the course.
  • Meal hours at the The Diner
    • 7-9 Breakfast
    • 11:30-1:30 Lunch
    • 4:30-6:30 Dinner
  • The Diner - meals open for by day

  • Diversions Cafe 7:30am - 3:30pm Tuesday only  

Course Location and Timing

  • The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus with outdoor scenarios on campus.

    The classroom location will be posted as we near the course date.  Here is the campus map and follow driving directions.

  • The class will be in Thompson Hall room 171.  This is building 43 on the map above.  You can park in lot G and follow the directions to the West side of campus.
  • Be there ready to go before 8:00am each morning.
    • Sunday will run into the evening.  The exact timing will depend on the groups preference for a dinner break.
    • Monday will run from 8am - 6pm.
    • Tuesday from 8am - 5pm.

Housing for Community Members

Housing for Puget Sound Students during the May course

  • If you live on campus during the spring semester of 2015 you can request to live on campus during OLE and the WFA course.  You can do so when you register for the WFA and OLE at the Expeditionary.  You may need move to a different hall, house or different room.  You will need to move out of campus housing by 10:00 am on May 27, 2015. 


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