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  1. #1
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    Anyone taken Wilderness First Aid with NOLS and REI?

    Being in Chicago, I believe this course was previously only offered up behind the cheddar curtain in Milwaukee (which is pronounced mill-e-wah-que and is Algonquin for "out of the wildcard").

    Curious if any have taken it and if they found it to be worth the $245? I might be able to use professional development funds to cover it. Of course around here, it'll probably be heavy on patching holes in people.

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    Not through them, but I have taken a Wilderness First Aid class and found it to be extremely worthwhile.
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    ditto

  4. #4
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    I'd say the opposite really.
    The course is so short that everything covered is mostly common sense. It is nice to formalize a bit of intuition and common sense into their standard format, however, it didn't seem super applicable to scenarios I might find myself in with skiing/mtb.

  5. #5
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    Took my WFR and one of my re-certs through NOLS/WMI. I would highly recommend them. Solid first aid skills are always good to have.
    It sucks to suck.

  6. #6
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    More than anything it is worthwhile to be able to learn the protocols and language of first responders/ski patrol/search and rescue personnel to be able to quickly and concisely communicate information regarding patient status in an emergency. A “SOAP note” greatly aids more highly trained persons expedite help.

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by DolphinSki View Post
    Took my WFR and one of my re-certs through NOLS/WMI. I would highly recommend them. Solid first aid skills are always good to have.
    WFR and WFA are pretty different. One is a quick weekend of classes (WFA), the other is a 9-10 day intensive experience (WFR).

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    I found the WFA to be great first class. Great content for the time spent. I've take it from both NOLS and Jackson hole outdoor leadership. Jake with Jackson hole knows his stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    WFR and WFA are pretty different. One is a quick weekend of classes (WFA), the other is a 9-10 day intensive experience (WFR).
    Yep, I originally took a WFA a few years before my WFR and have used WFA courses for my re-certs. Just speaking to the way NOLS/WMI handles their classes and the quality of their instructors, I would highly recommend them.
    It sucks to suck.

  10. #10
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    just did my wfr with nols (specifically with brandon schwartz in tahoe). it was super painful to give up a week and a day of precious vacation time, but my gf and I both came away from it psyched on the experience.

    a++ would recommend for sure

  11. #11
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    I highly recommend Colorado Mountain College, Desert Mountain Medicine and WMA as providers for backcountry medical training. They are at least as good as NOLS, if not better, and typically cheaper, sometimes way cheaper.
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit View Post
    I highly recommend Colorado Mountain College, Desert Mountain Medicine and WMA as providers for backcountry medical training. They are at least as good as NOLS, if not better, and typically cheaper, sometimes way cheaper.
    Our local guy is affiliated with WMA, and also provides our WorkSafe level 1 with endorsements. Highly recommend WMA. Also great fun to do both series seeing difference between 15min to a hospital vs several hours or more in the woods. The tricky part is always the extra protocols needing medical sign-off under the employer or other association for legal application in formal settings. I need to recert my 80hr WFR this fall.

  13. #13
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    Have taken WFA, WFR and WEMT courses through NOLS, WFA and SOLO. Honestly don't have a bad thing to say about any of them.

    I would agree that if you have basic 1st aid knowledge, were a boy scout, etc.. the WFA is probably nice but not a ton of new useful info.

    WFR on the other hand, is something that I wish all backcountry travelers had. Huge step up in terms of stabilizing and minimizing evacuation level injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
    WFR on the other hand, is something that I wish all backcountry travelers had. Huge step up in terms of stabilizing and minimizing evacuation level injuries.

    I agree, especially so that folks can understand what it really takes to evacuate somebody over rough terrain for a long distance. It’s a lot harder than it sounds.

  15. #15
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    Echo the above: WFA not worth it unless you need the specific cert for a job or you have no experience at all with first aid. WFR however is a great course and I left that 10 day experience with skills that could actually make the difference in someone’s life.

    Later I did the whole Wilderness-EMT and worked in wilderness SAR and EMS and most of what I used I learned in the WFR training (except for the rare EMT-specific tools which honestly don’t come out that much.)

    NOLS was a great organization. As a side benefit, NOLS alumni are eligible for some discounts on ExpertVoice (previously Promotive).

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