Wilderness First Responder & Herbal Acute Care Certificate Course

co-Hosted with Evolve Tours
October, 2017

Learning wilderness and emergency first aid is way of being a competent and reliable member of your community! Learn not only how to assess and prevent medical emergencies, but also learn about how to incorporate medicinal plants into your response strategies!

This course will be like no other, with a variety of perspectives and experiences, in a remote tropical location.




Who is this course for?

This course is for anybody aged 18 and up who is physically active. You don’t need any medical or river experience. It is important that you have the discipline and learning style to complete the pre-course prep work.


About Wilderness First Responder:

The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.



The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.

Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic Life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.

Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.

Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.

Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.

Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.

Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.

WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.


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What to Expect:

The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.

The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.


Educational Benefits:

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs. 

Learn about the most effective herbal remedies for digestive upset, vector transmitted diseases, wound and trauma care, respiratory relief, and more. This portion of the training will include herbal formulation, med-kit preparation, common wilderness survival plants, plant classifications and common food remedies and herbal analogs.


Additional Activities:

Yoga, beach time, kayaking, snorkeling, jungle hikes, chocolate making and a farm tour!


For more info and to register
please email us!


Tuition: $1800 USD

Tuition Includes:
3 organic jungle gourmet vegetarian meals per day, lodging in Glamping tents, course and all course materials. Certificate uno successful completion.

Not Included:
Air Fare, ground transportation, boat transportation.


Matt Howell, When not instructing with WMA Matt pursues any and all outdoors activities from fly fishing, to ice and rock climbing, to dog sledding, and surfing. Matt uses his vast outdoors experience to customize the courses he instructs to the specific needs of each member of the class

Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 15+ years, living off-the-grid in Costa Rica, she has dealt with a number of injuries, acute digestive disorders, trauma, wound care, weird rashes, staph infections and other tropical diseases.




Participants must arrive in Playa Manzanillo, the afternoon of …….. to come to Punta Mona for a welcome dinner and to get settled into their space.


Packing List:

Current certification cards (for Recertification or WFR-Bridge students)
Notebook and pens
Day pack or book bag for storing your belongings during class
Shoes + sandals/flip flops
Personal medications
Personal hygiene products (shampoo and washing products must be organic)
Bedding, pillow, and towel (for those staying in on site shared accommodation)
Rain jacket
Warm socks
Shoes or boots appropriate for weather and rough terrain
sun hat
A set of clothing that can be stained and cut during simulations (expect to throw these away)
Watch (for taking vital signs)
Water bottle or hydration pack
Sunscreen and bug repellent (organic)
Headlamp with extra batteries (for WFR, WFR-Bridge, and Recertification courses)
Sunglasses (optional)