Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and WFR Recertification Course

Presented by the Wilderness Medical Training Center

Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors

 The course is FULL now.  Email Justin Canny to be added to the waitlist.

Standard 3 day WFA Course Information:

  • May 22-24, 2017 - Syllabus and registration form, please sign-up on campus at the Expeditionary or via mail
  • This is a standard three day WFA course. For a full description of this course click here.
    • Open to the public
      early registration prices and dates $275 by April 14, 2017 and $325 after
    • Puget Sound Students, Faculty & Staff
      early registration prices and dates $225 by April 14, 2017 and $275 after
  • Lodging is available on campus for $10 per night. There are a limited number of singles so email Justin to reserve a space and to find out more information.  A minimum of 4 spaces are required for housing to be provided.

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.

  • The daily schedule will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  There will be a 45- 60 minute lunch break each day.
  • Travel after the course - the course will be over by before 6:00pm on the last day.  So you can schedule travel after this.  If you are flying you can probable make an 9:00pm 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:

Justin Canny
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 is not provided as a part of the course fee.
  • Hours at the Diner and at Diversions Cafe are:
    7:00 am - 3:30pm  full service menu and coffee.  Dinner is not available on campus during the course.
  • The Diner may be open for dinner the following nights;
    5/22 - 24 Monday - Wednesday
    5/27 - 28 Saturday and Sunday

Course Location and Timing

  • The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus with outdoor scenarios on campus.
  • The class will be in Thompson Hall 170.  Follow directions to the east side of campus and you can park in any campus lot except in Jones circle.
  • Here is the campus map and follow the driving directions to the west side of campus.
  • Be there ready to go before 8:00 am each morning.
    • Monday class will run from 8:00 am to lunch, lunch to a dinner break and then CPR in the evening after the dinner break.
    • Tuesday will run from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
    • Wednesday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Lodging for Community Members

  • Lodging is available on campus for $10 per night  plus $25 if you would like linens (towels, sheets, blanket, and bath mat). Lodging will be in a single room within a suite with a shared bathroom and kitchenette (fridge, sink and microwave).
  • There is camping in the area, and there are Air BnB and B&B and hotel options in Tacoma.

Housing for Puget Sound Students during the May course

  • If you are living in a campus house or hall during the spring semester of 2017 you can request to live on campus during OLE and the WFA course.  You will can request this when you sign up for the course at the Expeditionary  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.  


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