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Wilderness First REsponder

Wilderness medicine training to prepare outdoor professionals and enthusiasts for medical emergencies wherever your adventures might take you.

 
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2019 Course Summary
Course 2019 Dates Price Location Housing Meals
Wilderness First Aid 8/24 - 8/25 $275 McKenzie Center Optional - $25/night Kitchen available
WFR Open Recert 8/31 - 9/2 $395 McKenzie Center Optional - $20/night Kitchen available
WFR Open Recert 10/11 - 10/14 $395 McKenzie Center Optional - $20/night Kitchen available
WFR Open Recert 1/11/20 - 1/13/20 $515 Hoofbeat Ridge Included Included
5-Day WFR 5/23 - 5/27 $925 Hoofbeat Ridge Included Included
5-Day WFR 8/26 - 8/30 $775 McKenzie Center Optional - $20/night Kitchen available
5-Day WFR 11/27 - 12/1 $775 McKenzie Center Optional - $20/night Kitchen available
5-Day WFR 1/16/20 - 1/20/20 $925 Hoofbeat Ridge Included Included
 
 
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Dates & Pricing

Memorial Day Weekend, Thurs - Mon, 5/23 - 5/27/2019
$925/Person ($150 Deposit to enroll)
Housing & Meals INCLUDED

End of Summer, Mon - Fri, 8/26 - 8/30/2019
$775/Person ($150 Deposit to enroll)
Lodging Optional ($100 for 5 nights)

Thanksgiving, Wed - Sun, 11/27 - 12/1
$775/Person ($150 Deposit to enroll)
Lodging Optional ($100 for 5 nights)

Course Overview

Typically completed in an 8-day format, the 5-day Wilderness First Responder course offered by Devil's Lake Climbing Guides requires students to undertake an increased amount of reading and homework prior to the classroom portion of the course. In exchange, students complete the course in much less time, making it easier for those with busy schedules to attend. For complete curriculum details, please see the Wilderness Medical Associates website.


EXPERIENCE

According to Wilderness Medical Associates, "You can expect full, interesting, and intense days. Plan on arriving at the course well rested and prepared to focus completely on the material. Full course attendance is required. Wilderness First Responder is a level of medical certification that carries substantial responsibility. To fully prepare you, we use realistic simulations requiring patient examination and treatment employing simulated wounds and blood. While we recognize this can be uncomfortable for some people, it is important to developing the confidence and competence that you would expect of a medical professional.” 

Includes

All course materials and instruction are included with tuition. Optional bunk-style accommodations are available at all course locations (see below). Meals are provided at Hoofbeat Ridge, while students have kitchen access at MacKenzie Center programs.


Locations

We host courses at MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette, WI (25 miles north of Madison) and Hoofbeat Ridge Equestrian Center in Mazomanie, WI (25 miles west of Madison).

MACKENZIE CENTER DETAILS (Jan, Aug and Nov Courses)
On-site bunk-style lodging (male and female dorms) with heat, AC, bathrooms and showers is available for $20/night ($100 for all 5 nights, 1/10 thru 1/14). Students will have access to full kitchen facilities, enabling inexpensive food costs for those who bring groceries. "Downtown" Poynette is less than 10 minutes away by car. 

HOOFBEAT RIDGE DETAILS (May Course)
Hoofbeat Ridge is an equine training center for kids high in the hills above Mazomanie, WI, about 25 miles west of Madison. This family-run retreat provides bunk-style accommodations and prides themselves on nourishing, healthy home-cooked meals, served family-style. The rolling hills surrounding the property are fantastic for wilderness medical scenarios as well as hiking in your free time.

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Enrollment

Course tuition is $775, with a $150 deposit required to register. Full payment is due 30 days before the course start date. 

To enroll, please send a check for $150 to our mailing address:

Devils Lake Climbing Guides
2018 Jenifer Street
Madison, WI 53704

Alternatively, you may request an electronic invoice to pay online via credit card (click "Sign Me Up!" below).

Enrollment is first-come, first served. As soon as we receive your course deposit or full payment, we will confirm your enrollment, send course details and request your student information.

 
 
 
 
WFR Open Recertification

DATES

Sat - Mon, 8/31 - 9/2/2019
Sat - Mon, 10/12 - 10/14/2019

$395/Person ($100 deposit to enroll)
Room & Board Optional ($105 for 3 days/nights)

Course Overview

The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course. For complete curriculum details, please see the Wilderness Medical Associates website.

 

EXPERIENCE

A 24-hour course, presented over three 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: Introduction/Registration; Review Study Packet, Patient Assessment System, Basic Life Support (including Healthcare Provider-level CPR), Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Nervous System, Lifts, Moves and Extrications, PAS Drills

Day 2: Musculoskeletal, Dislocations, Spine Management, Wounds and Burns, PAS Drills, Splints I - Extremities, Splints II - Spines, Simulation

Day 3: Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Environmental Injuries, PAS Drills, Simulation, Final Testing, Conclusion

INCLUDES

All course materials and instruction are included with tuition.

LOCATION

The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center is a historic environmental education center just outside Poynette, WI (25 miles north of Madison). Students enjoy access to full kitchen facilities, enabling inexpensive food costs for those who bring groceries. "Downtown" Poynette is less than 10 minutes away by car. 

LODGING

On-site bunk-style lodging (male and female dorms) with heat, AC, bathrooms and showers is available for $20/night ($60 for all 3 nights, starting the night prior the course start).


ENROLLMENT

Tuition is $395. A $100 deposit reserves your place in the course. Full payment is due 30 days before course begins. 

To enroll, please send a check for $100 to our mailing address:

Devils Lake Climbing Guides
2018 Jenifer Street
Madison, WI 53704

Alternatively, you may request an electronic invoice to pay online via credit card. Click “Sign Me Up!” below.

Enrollment is first-come, first served. As soon as we receive your course deposit or full payment, we will confirm your enrollment, send course details and request your student information.