The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 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.
This course is typically presented in 36 to 40 hours over 4 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.
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.
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 into 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.
- The course will be taught in both English and Thai. Materials will be in English.
- Food is not included.
- For registration please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your current WAFA.
More information about course specifics is available on the WMA website.
***NOTE: Your booking date will be the first day of your four consecutive day program.
- Patient Assessment System
- Circulatory System
- Nervous System
- Respiratory System
- Fractures, Stable Injuries
- Splints 1-Extremities
- Hyperthermia and Heat Illness
- Near Drowning
- Lightning Injuries
- Wounds and Burns
- Lifting, Moving Extrication
- Patient Carries
- Backcountry Medicine
- Teaching materials
- Coffee, tea, and snacks
- 10% off purchase at CMRCA Adventure Store
- 500 THB off additional courses
- One day bouldering gym pass
- Closed Toed Shoes
- Comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty
- Equipment you might use in your outdoor activities
If you have a current WAFA and want to upgrade to a WFR this course is for you!
Lunch is not provided, but can be purchased on the day of the course for 80 THB.