Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Training Description

Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

This 9-day course is sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors, and is held on the UPS campus in Thompson Hall (building 45 on the map), room 193. Fields and some wooded areas offer ample outdoor space within walking distance of classrooms for practice simulations. More complicated and interesting simulation sites are within a short drive at Point Defiance State Park and Owen Beach. UPS does not provide transportation to off-campus simulation sites; be prepared to carpool.

Nearest Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)
Lodging: Several motel and AirBNB options are available off-campus in Tacoma
Meals: College is not in session; pack and bring lunch and snacks.
Parking: Parking is free in lot P4 off Union Avenue

Certification Offered: 
Certification Duration: 
3 Years




Registration, Logistics, & General Questions:
The Expeditionary
(253) 879-3403
[email protected]

Course Curriculum Questions:
Paul Nicolazzo
(509) 996-2502
[email protected]

Contact Person: 
The Expeditionary
(253) 879-3403
Training Provider: 
Wilderness Medicine Training Center International
Training Certification: 
Training Dates: 
Saturday, January 11, 2020 to Tuesday, May 19, 2020
University of Puget Sound

Training Location

Tacoma, WA 98416
United States

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