Wilderness First Responder

wmi_logoHawaii Outdoors is a partner with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.  Together we bring the most comprehensive Wilderness First Responder courses to the outdoor community.  Study wilderness medicine in a rain forest setting near Volcanoes National Park, on the beach in Maui, the famous North Shore of Oahu, or other locations around the state.  This intensive 80 hour course is a must for outdoor professionals and all outdoor enthusiasts.  Geared towards adults, the average age is 20′s and 30′s, with participants up to their 50′s and 60′s.

Learn how to confidently handle injuries in a remote setting; like wound management, realignment of fractures and dislocations, splinting techniques, and treatment of spinal trauma.  Learn how to improvise with things available on an outdoor expedition.  Students also train in CPR, triage situations and a night-time search and rescue mission.  Although geared towards the backcountry, the first aid knowledge you’ll gain easily translates to the front-country as well!

IMG_0016_2The instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, and animated.  Classroom time is never dull, with realistic practice scenarios in the outdoors.  Expect good acting… and lots of fake blood!  Most importantly, this course gives you the tools to make correct decisions in critical wilderness situations.

Because WFR certification is rarely offered here in the islands, we coordinate these courses as a service to the community.  We offer them twice a year, during the Spring and Fall, alternating between different islands.  Early enrollment is critical to ensure the courses are a success, so don’t delay!

*Three credit hours are available through the University of Utah.  EMT’s can also use this course for continuing education units. Certification is valid for two years.  Ages 16 and up.  

Upcoming Course:  Stay tuned for details!  To be notified by email when we schedule our next course, please email greg@hawaiioutdoors.org.  Also, let us know your preferred island.

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Meet your instructor:

Gareth Tate, WEMT
Gareth Tate
Gareth splits his year between the east coast and west coast but calls Asheville, NC home. He grew up on a goat farm in the foothills of North Carolina and went to college in the mountains where he now lives and plays for “most” of the year. He graduated with a double degree in Wilderness Leadership and Ecology and has since gathered extensive experience leading and organizing outdoor programs and is an instructor in several disciplines such as whitewater kayaking, alpine skiing, swift-water rescue and wilderness lifeguarding. His passions are in expedition creek-boating and adventure racing as well as downhill mountain biking and back-country skiing.

For more WFR info, visit our partner organization:

Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS