A practical hands-on course for responding to medical emergencies

Wilderness First Responder

NEXT COURSE: Jul 23 – Aug 1, 2024

Do you know what to do in a medical emergency if you are hours away from a doctor? Do you know how to respond in the case of a natural disaster where medical care may be delayed or unavailable? 

Medical emergencies in remote locations can be challenging and life threatening, unless you are trained and prepared. This course is designed to give you the skills, confidence and judgement to deal with medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge on how to evacuate patients to appropriate medical care.

10 days (80 hours) of hands-on instruction and practical scenarios preparing you to deal with medical emergencies in remote locations and emergency situations.

This course is ideal for anyone living and working in a developing country, aid workers, remote professionals, and team leaders who operate in low-resource, remote and other environments where definitive care may be severely delayed or inaccessible.  Even in urban areas in the developing world, in the case of an accident or natural disaster, WFR training can help you and your teammates or family have a better chance of survival.

NOLS’ Wilderness First Responder courses are the industry standard for professional wilderness guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor enthusiasts, and international travelers.

Certifications / Credit

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR
  • Epinephrine Auto-injector
  • 70 hours EMT CEUs, FAWM credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history.
  • 3 credits University of Utah  or 3 credits Western Colorado University available for an additional fee.

Course Fee: $900 USD

Please note: Course fee does not include housing during the course.

Ready to register? Register here

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Please see NOLS WFR page for more information on this course.

Additional Information

Location of the Course

You can find our location on google maps:

  • ISDSI – International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
  • 47 Chotana Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300
  • (47 ถนน โชตนา ตำบล ช้างเผือก Mueng, เชียงใหม่ 50300)

We are located north of the old city just outside the superhighway.

Suggested Accommodation

In terms of accommodation, there are three very convenient places to stay right next to the training venue which can be booked using Agoda/booking.com etc. There are a few restaurants for breakfast/dinner and a nearby wet market which are in easy walking distance:

  • B2 Mountain Pano– Right next door to our office, mid-price. There are a few B2 locations, so make sure you book the Mountain Pano one.
  • Chotana Villa– Just down the street and across the street from our office. More upscale with a pool.
  • Chang Hotel-inexpensive option down the street from our office.

If you want to stay in another part of the city the city you can expect to spend 30-60baht each way for the local taxi or a Grab taxi to areas like Old City or Nimmanheiman Rd which have lots of accommodation and dining options.

Course Provider

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Certifications Offered

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR
  • Epinephrine Auto-injector

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines: Fall – March 15 / Spring – October 15

Summer Application Deadline: April 1

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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