Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course (WRC)

This course is designed to refresh a current WFR from a or WAFA with new updates in wilderness medicine assessments and treatments based on best practices and new research, as well as updated industry standard protocols. This course prioritizes the review of foundational skills, new skills and field guidelines through hands-on scenarios, and simulations. 

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We offer our Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course (WRC) in two different formats: Standard 3-Day and Hybrid 2-Day. Our Hybrid WRC format meets the WMEC’s minimum requirement of 16 hours delivered in person and is devoted to hands-on, practical skills and simulations. The learning outcomes of the traditional and hybrid course formats are the same.

Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Refresher (WRC)

The Hybrid WRC format offers 8 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by two consecutive days in the classroom. The online component is hosted on CANVAS®, a cloud-based classroom and powerful learning management system that allows individual students to work at a personalized pace. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a midterm exam and is available approximately 1 month before the in-person classroom section.   

The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space. 

During the classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions with the same instructor team that support them during the online component.

Important Information in Regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Registration for the Hybrid WRC includes both the online and classroom sections. In the event that an individual is unable to meet in-person, or a classroom section is canceled, course participants have the flexibility to transfer to another 2-day classroom section as long as it is within 1-year of completing the online component. In addition to our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines we will deliver our course curriculum outdoors when we meet in-person. 

Hours: 24

Length: Self-paced online component + 2 days

Training: WRC, WAT, CPR

Prerequisite: Current WFR, WFR Refresher or AWFA/WAFA completion

Credits: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: Continuing education credits may be available through your organization or employer. Reach out to learn more.

Traditional Wilderness First Responder Refresher

(WRC) 

The traditional WRC format offers in-person instruction in a classroom-style setting over 3 days. Course participants quickly integrate into the WRC curriculum with a balance of lecture and hands-on learning. The days are full of targeted lectures, skills stations, scenarios, drills, simulations, and discussions. The intensity of this course allows for camaraderie and strong teamwork to develop quickly throughout the group. In turn, this simulates the dynamics of a true backcountry expedition and reveals how individual group members would utilize their knowledge and skills in the event of an emergency.

Hours: 24

Length: 3 days

Training: WRC, WAT, CPR

Prerequisite: Current WFR, WFR Refresher or  AWFA/WAFA completion

Credits: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: Continuing education credits may be available through your organization or employer. Reach out to learn more.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Basic Life Support
  • Airway Management & Adjuncts
  • Complex Traumatic Injuries
  • Dilocations
  • Spine Injury Management
  • Vacuum Spine Board
  • Complex Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Backcountry Medication Management
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Genitourinary Issues
  • Mental Health Illnesses
  • Complex Environmental Medicine
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation
  • Professional Incident Documentation
  • Professionally Calling A Rescue
  • Incident Management
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident
  • Psychological First Aid
 
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Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course (WRC)   (Course Overview)

DateCourseLocationProviderFormatCostRegister

2023-02-11 08:00:00Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Info

2023-03-04 08:00:00Mar 4 - Mar 5, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine- FreightHybrid
$35000Register

2023-03-07 12:00:00Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2023

WRC Moab, UTCanyonlands Field InstituteHybrid
$39500Info

2023-03-11 08:00:00Mar 11 - Mar 12, 2023

WRC Moab, UTDesert Mountain Medicine- MoabHybrid
$37500Register

2023-03-17 12:00:00Mar 17 - Mar 19, 2023

WRC Moab, UTCanyonlands Field InstituteHybrid
$39500Info

2023-03-21 12:00:00Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2023

WRC Moab, UTCanyonlands Field InstituteHybrid
$39500Info

2023-04-01 08:00:00Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Register

2023-04-08 08:00:00Apr 8 - Apr 9, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Register

2023-04-15 08:00:00Apr 15 - Apr 16, 2023

WRC Indian Creek, UTDesert Mountain Medicine - Indian CreekHybrid
$37500Register

2023-04-29 08:00:00Apr 29 - Apr 30, 2023

WRC Glenwood Springs, COColorado Mountain College – Spring Valley CampusHybrid
$35000Info

2023-05-08 08:00:00May 8 - May 9, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine- FreightHybrid
$35000Register

2023-05-09 08:00:00May 9 - May 10, 2023

WRC Crested Butte, COIntuition ConsultingHybrid
$35000Info

2023-05-18 08:00:00May 18 - May 19, 2023

WRC Moscow, IDUniversity of IdahoHybrid
$35000Info

2023-05-20 08:00:00May 20 - May 21, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Register

2023-05-27 08:00:00May 27 - May 28, 2023

WRC Glenwood Springs, COColorado Mountain College – Spring Valley CampusHybrid
$35000Info

2023-06-03 08:00:00Jun 3 - Jun 4, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Register

2023-07-22 08:00:00Jul 22 - Jul 23, 2023

WRC Leadville, CODesert Mountain Medicine HeadquartersHybrid
$35000Register

2023-09-16 08:00:00Sep 16 - Sep 17, 2023

HWRC Indian Creek, UTDesert Mountain Medicine- MoabHybrid
$37500Register