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Viristar completes Wilderness First Aid training in West Java, Indonesia

Wilderness medical course latest in series from Bali to West Java



West Java is a land of towering volcanoes, spectacular beaches, tropical rainforest, and warm and welcoming people.


The Indonesian province was also the site of a Wilderness First Aid course run last week by Viristar, the latest in a series of wilderness medicine courses Viristar has run across Indonesia.


Indonesia (orange), with the province of West Java in red


Viristar staff have taught austere medicine/remote medicine courses in 17 countries, and Indonesia is an outstanding classroom for wilderness rescue and emergency medicine trainings.


We were privileged to be hosted by Odyssey Institute, a renowned experiential education organization providing outdoor adventures inspiring global citizenship across the Indonesian archipelago, from trekking to rafting and service learning experiences.


The course curriculum included patient assessment, heat and cold injuries, drowning, musculoskeletal injuries, lightning, wound management, allergy & anaphylaxis, patient carries, BLS, backcountry medicine, and more. Viristar’s wilderness medicine trainings use curriculum from Wilderness Medical Associates, of which Viristar is a licensed training company.


A course participant is delighted to be able to do a firefighter’s carry.


Viristar offers Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, WFR Recertification and Wilderness EMS courses for outdoor, adventure, travel, Gap Year, service learning, international school and other groups around the world. Those interested to host a course or enroll can learn more here.


These courses are part of the suite of wilderness risk management and outdoor safety services Viristar has provided to clients in over 50 countries worldwide.



During the class some surilis (also known as langurs or leaf monkeys) climbed about in a nearby tree:






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