Refresher Training

Even as a certified WFA or WFR provider, do you remain confident in your knowledge and ability to help someone in an outdoors emergency? If not, then consider joining us for our refresher workshop.

Quick, without looking at a book or online, try answering these three questions:  Do you remember the steps in assessing a patient?  How do you treat hyperthermia?  Can you even still make a sling? If you don’t feel confident in your answers, then join us for an evening where you can refresh your training!

Many can’t confidently answer these questions.  That’s because while the standard length of any Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification offered by almost all wilderness medicine programs nationwide is 2 years, research has conclusively shown that their students substantially forget much of their training in as little as 3-6 months … Even though most think that they remember.  Nowhere, then, is the axiom “use it or lose it” more true.

IMG_2347You will work with one of our instructors, who each have years of experience, not only in wilderness location but as professional EMS providers, through a mix of scenarios where you will refresh skills and knowledge by assessing and treating a mix of medical and trauma “patients.”  The focus of the class will be to learn by doing.

This program is ideal for those who spend time outdoors, or for those who lead  groups and so may be likely called upon to render medical assistance.

Please note that this program is only open to those with current WFA / WFR certification, and does not provide recertification.

  • Course Duration: 3.0 hours
  • Tuition: $45
  • Course Limit: 10
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park (located roughly 10 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old, but children aged 15-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Required: Current WFA / WFR certification from any provider.
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Moderate

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, meeting point, driving directions, etc.