Wilderness First Aid Training


Jan 29, 2022 8:00 am to Jan 30, 2022 5:00 pm



Georgia Carolina Nature and Adventure Center
4316 Three J Rd
Evans, GA 30809




Who is it for?

A Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course is for medical professionals and non-medical individuals:

  • For people in charge and for whom medical care is a responsibility
  • To be able to be good assistants to more highly trained rescuer medical personnel
  • For people with outdoor skills to be better participants and/or lead modest trips
  • This class helps the first aid trained to become the caregiver who can improvise in an emergency
  • Help individuals traveling in remote areas to better care for family, themselves and friends
  • The 16-hour WFA course presents knowledge with an emphasis on practical skills and drills

What is it?                                             

 Recognized by the American Camp Association, the WFA is commonly taught as a 16-hour course with an emphasis on practical skills and drills.

 Focus is on:

  • Becoming aware of hazards to prevent accidents and medical problems by anticipating the activity and environment
  • Performing a basic physical exam to identify obvious injuries or abnormalities, assessing basic aid
  • How to obtain a medical history with vital signs and report to medical personnel if needed
  • Training beyond city first aid where no others are coming to help -especially after disasters
  • Preventing and treating environmental problems including heat, cold, lightning, and near drowning
  • Treatment of fractures, soft tissue injuries, small to large wounds, and spine issues
  • Using the physical exam to identify and treat illness and injuries
  • Learning how to improvise where you are without option of hospital care

Our Instructor:

David Fitzpatrick

  • Experienced Emergency Department and Family Physician
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice
  • Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine 
  • Has taught Wilderness Medicine to thousands of students
  • Experienced outdoorsman
  • Leader of multiple treks in the Himalaya, Rockies, Appalachians

Physician at Everest Base Camp during 2015 avalanche

Fee: $225 Fees include textbook, class materials, patch, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. 

CPR is a prerequisite. If you need CPR, Dr. Dave will offer a class on Friday from 7PM to 9 PM. CPR cost is $40.