Great, informative, prepared me to be confident in approaching
crisis situations in the wilderness.” (Betsy J., WFR
sponsored by Zion Adventure Company, 11/2007)
Jan 5 -11
info packet download a
Looking for a WFR Recert option?
UW-Stout is hosting a recert course. More info
COST: On or before Monday. Dec. 3, 2012
$595.00 UW-L Students
$625.00 General Public
After Dec. 3, 2012
$625.00 UW-L Students
$655.00 General Public
Make checks payable to UW-La Crosse Outdoor Connection
LOCATION: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Campus
(Recreational Eagle Center),
La Crosse, WI
Essential for anyone who spends significant time in
remote places or who has a professional career in the
outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course
will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions.
This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend
half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on
skills and realistic scenarios. WMA's curriculum
encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term
patient care, wound and risk management, splinting,
bandaging, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and
administering medications. You'll complete this course
with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the
backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 70-hour
curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by
such organizations as Outward Bound, The National Park
Service, and the FBI. You'll be taught by dynamic
educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban
medicine. This 7-day course is ideal for all
professionals operating in remote environments. Adult
CPR certification is included.
Students must be at least sixteen years old to
participate in the standard WFR course. Those under 18
years of age will require written consent of a parent or
guardian. No previous medical training is required.
All eligible students who successfully complete the
course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’®
Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and
BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification. These
certifications remain valid for three years. This
certification can be used to challenge the DOT First
Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local
or state EMS authorities.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of
year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is
spent outside. Winter in Wisconsin can be very cold with
wind chills well below 0 degrees at times. Bring plenty
of layers. You will also need a pen or pencil and a
A deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve a space in
the course. Tuition balance is due the first day of the
course. Payments may be made via check, with driver’s
license number, Visa/MasterCard or cash. The tuition fee
covers textbooks, syllabus, equipment and
certifications. A full refund will be given if we are
forced to cancel the course for any reason.
Please mail check to:
UW-La Crosse Outdoor Connection
c/o Wilderness First Responder
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
CANCELLATION AND REFUND
If a student cancels or withdraws from a course:
• Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course
starting date, sponsor will retain a $35.00
• Within 29 days of the course start date and once the
course has begun, tuition is non-refundable and
CLASS FORMAT/ EQUIPMENT
Check in is at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course.
Course days run approximately from 8:00am – 6:00pm. The
format for this 70-hour WFR is classroom lectures
integrated with practical scenarios, skills practice
sessions, case studies, role-playing and simulated
rescues. Attendance is required for all scheduled
classes. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take
place both inside and outside. Evenings are reserved for
study and assignments. Please bring outdoor clothing
appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, muddy or
snowy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and
patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up
will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario.
Generally the classroom environment lends itself to a
pair of comfy shoes/slipper and a crazy creek-type
The course will take place at the Recreational Eagle
Center on the UW-La Crosse campus.
Directions to UW-L
From Interstate I-90, Exit 3, Exit 4 and Exit 5 all lead
to the UW-La Crosse campus, but only the closest exit is
listed below for each direction. Exit 3 travels along
the scenic Great River Road and is the main route to
Historic Downtown La Crosse.
Exit 4 is a direct route south linking Hwy. 53 from the
north with Hwy. 16. Exit 5 is the most easterly route
into the City of La Crosse via Hwy. 16. From the West
(I-90): Exit Interstate I-90 at Exit 3 onto US 53 South.
Drive 3.9 miles and turn left on La Crosse Street;
continue for 1.1 miles and turn right on East Avenue to
From the North (Hwy. 53): If traveling south on Highway
53 (go over I-90 at Exit 4). Follow Highway 157 to
Highway 16. Turn right on Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles
and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East
Avenue to campus.
From the East (I-90): Travelers heading west to La
Crosse on Interstate I-90 exit at Onalaska-La Crosse
Highway 16 (Exit 5). Turn left onto Highway 16. Drive
4.8 miles and right on La Crosse Street and then left on
East Avenue to campus.
From the South: Highway 14, 61, and 35 enter the city on
the south. Follow the green "UW-La Crosse" signs north
on Losey Boulevard to Highway 16 (3.0 miles). Turn left
on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to
The Recreational Eagle Center is located parallel to La
Crosse St across from the cemetery. It is a large brick
building with a green roof. There are 2 parking lots
immediately in front of the building.
Free lodging is available in the Recreational Eagle
Center. Parking passes will be available to purchase at
check in. Please inform Nathan Barnhart if a parking
permit is needed in advance. Free street parking is very
limited and alternate side parking for snow removal is
enforce so vehicles will need to be moved daily.
If staying at the Recreational Eagle Center please bring
the following items:
□ Sleeping Bag
□ Sleeping Pad or air mattress
□ Eating Utensils (bowl, spoon,etc)
□ Food and snacks
□ Personal Items (towels, soap, shampoo, etc)
*Limited refrigerator space and a microwave are
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE COURSE. THIS INCLUDES
LEASHING THEM OUTSIDE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any student
bringing pets to class will be asked to leave class
until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other
NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON SITE
We hope this information is helpful. Please contact
Nathan Barnhart, Outdoor Connection, Assistant Director
with any questions or concerns you may have.
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 6:00pm
web site: http://www.wildmed.com
www.uwlax.edu/recsports - web info coming soon.
address: 1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601Description: