WAFA to WFR Bridge Course

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IncludesInstruction, equipment, teaching materials, water, insurance, coupon for 20% off anything at the CMRCA adventure store, one day bouldering gym pass, and discount on additional courses.
What to bringSports shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move in!
Cost18500 THB per person
Available OnSeasonally
(subject to change)

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Wilderness Medical Associates International

***NOTE: Your booking date will be the first day of your five consecutive day program.

CMRCA hosts Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) to Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Bridge courses in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates International.

Summary

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 5 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMTs may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.

Course Description

This course is typically presented in 36 to 40 hours over 4 days. Since the course will be bi-lingual, it will take place over 5 days. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

Day 1: Registration/Introduction; Review Pre-course Study Packet; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory/Respiratory Systems; PAS Drills; Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider-level CPR)

Day 2: Quiz/Case Studies Review; Nervous System; Spine Management; Musculoskeletal; PAS Drill; Dislocations; Patient Immobilization; Litter Carries and Belays; PAS Drills

Day 3: Quiz/Case Studies Review; Emergency Childbirth; Allergy & Anaphylaxis; Altitude or Diving; Frostbite; Near Drowning; Search and Rescue; Traction Splints; Improvised Litters; Simulation and Debrief

Day 4: Case Study Review; Backcountry Medicine; Toxins; Medical Kits; PAS Drills

Day 5: Revision; Written Test; Skills Testing; Conclusion

Upon successful completion candidates will receive WMA International’s Wilderness First Responder certification including anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-Level CPR or equivalent. All WMA International certifications remain valid for three years. This certification can be used to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local or state EMS authorities.

Prerequisites

Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification within three years of the Bridge course. If using this course to recertify, students must have proof of a valid WMA International WFR or WEMT certification or a valid WFR certification from another organization, whose original training was at least 64 hours in length. Proof of certification is required.

Students will have access to the pre-course assignments 2-4 weeks prior to course. Students should complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course but it will not be figured in to the final grade.

Where: Doi Suthep Nature Study Center. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Who: See prerequisites. Students must be at least 16 years old. Space is limited.

Notes:

  • Course will be taught in both English and Thai. Materials will be in English.
  • Food is not included.
  • Please visit the CMRCA office if you would like to sign up and pay in person.

More information about course specifics is available on the WMA website.

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