Modern Outdoor Skills /
PLUS Wilderness First Aid
( Modern Skills/WFA+)
Our Modern Skills / WFA+ Wilderness First Aid PLUS course is a combination of the WFA and 3 Day Modern Skills Class. The WFA provides a practical foundation in wilderness medicine for outdoor enthusiasts while Modern Skills Class is designed for the individual looking to gain a solid foundation of knowledge before venturing into the backcountry or taking any of our advanced class.
We focus on basic outdoor and modern survival skills necessary to enjoy a wilderness adventure with confidence. This class is heavy on both discussion and practical skills culminating in a field exercise final exam. The course is a 5 days overall, with 20 hours teaching patient assessment and treatment guidelines for common wilderness medical problems and teaches methods to manage medical and trauma emergencies in the wilderness when evacuation is unavailable or unnecessary. After completing these 20 hours you will obtain a WFA certification
Our teaching style is engaging and hands-on comprised of brief lectures followed by hands on practical demonstration with discussion. We keep you interested and avoid the boredom of DEATH BY POWERPOINT by engaging in group discussions.
Curriculum - Patient assessments with demonstration;, Spinal Immobilization and patient transport; Fractures, dislocations, and sprains; Vital sign assessment; wound management with lectures on abdominal and chest injuries, bites and envenomations, bleeding and shock, common medical problems, environmental injuries (drowning, lightning), first aid kits, hyperthermia, hypothermia, frostbite and footcare.
In addition our wild plant instructors will discuss the poisonous and toxic plants in the Rocky Mountain and we will have a lecture about waterborne pathogens and water purification.
It is our philosophy that the ultimate goal of our training is to make you into a competent woodsman, able to confidently head into the backcountry. To round out your training we offer our Modern Outdoor Skills in conjunction with this class for our own WFA+ certification. The full WFA course plus three days of the same hands-on education on basic skills that you need to enjoy the outdoors safely. Come and see how the skills of wilderness education tie in with wilderness medicine and learn the survival skills necessary to avoid medical situations! We offer a discount for booking this class as a package.
You are able to take these classes separately after purchasing the WFA+ class. Due to our staffing we request that you pick the days you’ll be taking the actual WFA class, then you can either take the five days back to back, if offered, or you can come to any future Modern Outdoor Skills / Modern Survival Three Day class. We attempt to offer the outdoor training before the medical classes but this is not mandatory. For further class description of the Modern Outdoor Skills segment of this class, please click here: MODERN OUTDOOR SKILLS CLASS
Accommodations - A large 21 person military tent with winter liner is provided for a community tent during class hours and may be used for sleeping at night. Tent is complete with 2 wood burning stoves and a cot for each student. A smaller 5-10 person military tent with winter liner and is also available for private sleeping accommodations (first come/first served).
Food and Water: Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as our Camp Ready Meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. Our camp ready meals are the healthiest option on the market! You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Walmart and several local eateries are a close drive away.
Additional Food Option: For an additional $150 we will provide you with a hearty "home cooked" breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening. Students will still have to provide their own snacks and lunch. Breakfast will be served by 9:00 am on the first day of class and dinner will be served by 5:00 pm on the last day of class.
Length: 5 days/4 nights (20 Hours Training WFA Training + 24 hours Modern Skills)
Minimum Recommended Equipment: Bring appropriate outdoor clothing, a good sleeping bag and an all season tent if you do not wish to stay in our military tent. Sunscreen and UV protective sunglasses.
Shelter - You may sleep in a tent you bring, in your vehicle, in a primitive shelter or share one of our military tents which have wood burning stoves inside.
We will not provide you with any gear, so please come prepared. Fixed blade knife, folding saw, overnight camping gear, winter sleeping bag and a small backpack. Check Recommended Items List for more details!
Clothing Required: Warm outdoor clothing, warm gloves and hat, outdoor boots and wool socks. Cotton clothing is highly discouraged! Wool will keep you warm even when wet. Layers are important in Colorado. You will want a water whicking base layer, an insulating mid layer, and a waterproof breathable outer shell. Check out our Clothes Layering Basics if you are unsure of what to wear.
Instructor: Jeffrey Laun
Overnight Camping: You're welcome to spend the night before and night after the course at our camp! Please contact us in advance if you intend to arrive early.
Wilderness First Aid
WILDERNESS MEDICINE CANCELLATION POLICY :
We understand things happen in life and will work with you if you contact us. If for whatever reason, you cannot attend the class, please CONTACT US. A full refund or transfer of credits will be administered if you contact us BEFORE the first day of class. If you contact us to cancel on the day of class, a 30% administration fee will be charged, unless a valid reason is provided. A no-call / no-show situation forfeits your tuition and a refund will not be administered without a valid reason.