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Wilderness Medicine

 
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24 Years of Wilderness Medical Training

Viristar staff have been providing world-class emergency medicine and wilderness rescue courses on four continents since 1997.

Viristar's courses are recognized for delivering a globally best-in-class curriculum to individuals active in wilderness, remote, austere, low-resource, offshore and disaster settings.

Viristar is proud to offer certification from Wilderness Medical Associates International.

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Your Instructors

Viristar's instructors are experienced wilderness professionals, emergency medicine practitioners, and experiential educators.

They have years of experience with leading remote trips, ski patrol, ambulance and clinical practice, technical rescue, and traveling in some of the most remote and challenging wild places around the world.

They are some of the most talented educators you will find, anywhere.

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Curriculum

You'll experience a curriclum developed by experienced emergency physicians and other medical experts who also have deep experience with practicing medicine in wilderness and remote settings. 

Course content is evidence-based where possible and reflects the most current best practice in emergency medicine and wilderness rescue.

Curriculum conforms to the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative Scopes of Practice and has been widely accepted by medical authorities and agencies worldwide.

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Wilderness First Responder (8 day)

  • The flagship wilderness medicine course, providing comprehensive training and hands-on practice in patient assessment, Basic Life Support, musculoskeletal injuries, spine injury management, allergy & anaphylaxis, wound management, common backcountry medical problems, medical-legal issues, and more

  • 70 hours over eight days

  • Recommended for those traveling to remote wilderness areas, disaster response situations, and remote areas in low-income countries.

  • See a full description of the Wilderness First Responder course here.

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Wilderness First Responder (5 day)

  • Course curriculum the same as eight-day option, but includes pre-course study packet and course delivered in five contact days.

  • 45 hours over 5 days plus 25  hours pre-work

  • Recommended for those traveling to remote wilderness areas, disaster response situations, and remote areas in low-income countries.

  • See a full description of the Wilderness First Responder course here.

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Wilderness First Aid

  • Introduction to basic first aid and outdoor emergency response

  • 16 hours over two days

  • Recommended for: outdoor recreationalists and outdoor leaders in areas where emergency medical services are not immediately available but not far away

  • See a full description of the Wilderness First Aid course here.

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Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • Training in a wide variety of emergency and remote medicine topics including trauma, Basic Life Support, environmental emergencies, medical concerns and more
  • 36 hours over four days

  • Recommended for trip leaders in front-country settings and moderately remote and challenging environments

  • See a full description of the Wilderness Advanced First Aid course here.

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Bridge (WAFA to WFR)

  • Take this 36-hour course over four days to upgrade your WAFA certification to a full WFR certification, without having to take the entire WFR class

  • 36 hours over four days

  • See a full description of the Bridge (WAFA to WFR) course here.

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Open Recertification

  • Recertify your Wilderness First Responder, WEMT, WEMS, WFA or WAFA certification for another three years with this course, which provides essential review, updates, and skills practice.

  • 24 hours over three days

  • See a full description of the Open Recertification course here.

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