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Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Course 12/15-19/2023

Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Course 12/15-19/2023



December 15 @ 8:00 am
December 19 @ 5:00 pm
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4450 Blakely Avenue Northeast
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 United States
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December 15, 2023 – December 19, 2023 —
Hosted by NOLS Wilderness Medicine and IslandWood


December 15, 2023 – December 19, 2023

Hosted by NOLS Wilderness Medicine and IslandWood

To register for your course, click the orange Reserve a spot button, on the right.


If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our Wilderness First Responder course is for you. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

The Hybrid WFR combines 3 modules of online learning with 5 days of in-person training. You’ll begin by completing work on an online platform that includes readings, videos, and quizzes. Each module requires 10 to 15 hours to complete, and you’ll need to finish them before the in-person portion begins. The 5-day in-person course will focus on skills and scenarios.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments!


Wilderness Medicine Communicable Disease Mitigation Practices

HWFR Course Outline

HWFR Course Overview

Student Agreement

Additional Details

Continuing Education (Learn More)

This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

If you’re an active member of the Wilderness Medical Society, you may earn up to 55 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) with this course. Check with the Wilderness Medical Society for your personal credit details.

Academic Credit (Learn more)

This course is approved for 3 college credits through the University of Utah and 3 college credits through Western Colorado University.

Course Approval

This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. Additionally, the Wilderness First Responder course (WILDMI-555) is approved by the United States Coast Guard to meet the first aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1)(ii) and 46 CFR 11.201(i)(2)(iiI) for a merchant mariner credential.

Customer Service

Registration and all customer service for this course will be handled by IslandWood.


We encourage guests to bring their own toiletries and items that will make your stay more comfortable. If you forget something, our Gift Shop sells a small variety of sundries.

  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with second hand or digital second
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Water bottle 
  • Headlamp
  • Light day pack
  • Waterproof outerwear top and bottom
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather options 
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
  • Camp chair for classroom time (optional)
  • Insect repellent
  • Luggage that can be rolled easily or carried backpack-style (porter service is not provided and our lodges are set back from the parking lot)
  • Personal Toiletries


The program fee includes instruction, textbooks, equipment use, certification, and continuing education credits. A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason. Course Cost:

  • $720 – Basic Package (includes program fee and lunches)


  • $1,255.00 – Full Package (includes program fee, lodging, and all meals)


Please download this agreement and read it carefully as it affects your legal rights:

Bring the two-page signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document as well. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course. NOLS Wilderness Medicine participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of NOLS Wilderness Medicine program and are at the sole risk of the participant.


  • If you cancel or withdraw from the course:
  • Greater than or equal to 90 days prior to the course start date, IslandWood will retain 10% of the registration fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Greater than 60 days but less than 90 days prior to the course start date, IslandWood will retain 30% of the registration fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Greater than 30 days but less than 60 days prior to the course start date, IslandWood will retain 40% of the registration fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Less than 30 days prior to the course start date, IslandWood will retain 80% of the registration fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
  • Once the course begins, no refunds will be awarded. All course registrations are non-transferable.


When planning your trip to IslandWood, please ensure that your travel arrangements allow you to arrive within the below time frame.

BASIC PACKAGE: Check-in is Friday, December 15th, 2023 at 7:45 AM. Check-out is Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

FULL PACKAGE: IslandWood is open for overnight guest arrivals and lodge check-in on Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lodge check-out is at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023. Class will end at 5 PM.


BASIC PACKAGE: – no guest accommodation –

FULL PACKAGE: Guests with overnight lodging at Islandwood will be in Northwest-style lodges. All guest rooms have a private bathroom and shower. Each lodge contains a spacious log-beam great room with a stone fireplace and cozy seating areas.


IslandWood accommodates all dietary restrictions and allergies. We do not allow outside food and beverage, including alcohol, to be brought into the facility. Please note IslandWood does not have an on-site restaurant and operates as a banquet facility with pre-scheduled group meals.

BASIC PACKAGE: Includes Lunch during all Course days

FULL PACKAGE: Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during all Course days


IslandWood was founded in 1999 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region’s children. In the nearly two decades since, we have expanded the ways our work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological well-being for all.

Our place-based, experiential learning programs offered on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle neighborhoods, and at the King County Brightwater Center serve more than 10,000 students every year. We have deepened our impact by co-developing a science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Generation Science Standards, offering two innovative Master’s level graduate programs in education, through policy engagement and authentic community partnerships, and with our Nature Passport app.

We are also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, offering summer day camps; free and low-cost community programs; and conferences and retreat services for non-profits and corporations.

IslandWood is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization.

VIRTUAL TOUR: IslandWood Virtual Tour


Free wireless internet is available throughout our campus in our main spaces including our Dining Hall and lodges. The WI-FI network name is IW-Guest and no password is needed. Cell phone reception can be spotty. It is recommended to enable WI-FI calling in your settings. QUESTIONS?

Call IslandWood’s front desk at 206-855-4300. Email IslandWood’s Events Team at EventAssistant@islandwood.org.

For more information about IslandWood please visit our website at www.islandwood.org.