Wilderness first aid skills are an important part of being an Outdoor Educator. One of the sections on the NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester (OES) is a WMI Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. During the WFR students learn how to act in situations when injury or illness have occurred. While classroom time gives students a foundation in the different subjects of wilderness medicine, practical scenarios are where the skills are honed.
As NOLS student groups will travel independent from their instructors at times these WFR skills allow students to respond to situations they might encounter during their course. These WFR skills also transfer over when students are on personal trips or working for other organizations in the Outdoor Education field.
(Entry & Photo courtesy of Marco Johnson)