Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course Info 2019/20

Sponsored by UC Santa Cruz Recreation and NOLS Wilderness Medicine

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COURSE DATES (click on course link for registration and more info):

Course Dates Cost Location (subject to change)
Wilderness First Responder Recertification #1 November 9 - November 11, 2019 $345 Stevenson 175
Wilderness First Responder Recertification #2 January 18 - January 20, 2020 $345 Stevenson 175
Wilderness First Responder Recertification #3 February 15 - February 17, 2020 $345 Stevenson 175
Wilderness First Responder Recertification #4 May 23 - May 25, 2020 $345 Stevenson 175

All classes are held from 8 am - 5 pm (plan to arrive 7:45 am on first day of class)

COURSE LOCATION:

All WFR-Recertification Courses are held at Stevenson 175. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Review, practice, and stay on top of your skills with NOLS Wilderness Medicine's Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course. This scenario-based approach to recertification provides you the opportunity to test your skills against realistic situations. You'll practice and relearn wilderness medicine protocols, review evacuation and decision making guidelines, and receive the latest updates in wilderness medicine over the course of three days

You are required to complete both written and practical testing to recertify on this WFR-Recertification course. To achieve a passing score (70%) on the written multiple-choice exam, you must review previous course materials. Please come prepared. These online resources will assist you: http://nols.edu/en/resources/wilderness-medicine-resources/

Upon successful course completion, you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness Advanced First Aid/Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness EMT (dependent on your current certification), Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management, and Epinephrine Auto-injector.

 

CLASS FORMAT AND PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS

Check in is at 7:45 am on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios. Attendance is required at all classes. Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, and/or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to emphasize the reality of a scenario.

Packing Checklist:

  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with second hand or digital second
  • Waterproof outerwear top and bottoms
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle, snack, and lunch (IMPORTANT NOTE: there are limited food options on campus near the course, please plan accordingly)
  • Light daypack
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
  • Camp chair for classroom time (optional)
 

COURSE OUTLINE

For the full WFR-R course outline.

 

WAFA/WFR/WEMT RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Graduates

NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification holders will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. This one-year re-entry period is only offered for NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications.  NOLS Wilderness Medicine certified students should bring their certification card to the course so that the instructor can verify the expiration date.

Graduates From Other Wilderness Medicine Providers

NOLS Wilderness Medicine welcomes eligible graduates from other providers to recertify on our Wilderness First Responder Recertification course or our Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Recertification course. To be eligible for recertification you must possess a current (unexpired) WAFA certification, WFR certification from a provider whose WFR course is a minimum of 70 hours, or WEMT certification.

There is no re-entry period once your certification expires. It is your responsibility to make sure your certification meets this standard. If you are unsure, please contact NOLS Wilderness Medicine to verify your certification qualifies before enrolling in a course.

Students certified by other wilderness medicine providers are required to submit a photocopy of their unexpired certification card on the first day of the course. We cannot issue you a new card until we have verified your previous training.

Students recertifying the wilderness portion of their WEMT certification must submit a photocopy of their current EMT card on course.

 

REGISTRATION/POLICIES

Tuition payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable. The tuition fee covers textbooks, syllabus, equipment and certification cards. WMI is not obligated to allow any student to attend a course until all WMI paperwork has been received, reviewed and approved by WMI. 

PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE TEACHING SITE. THIS INCLUDES LEASHING THEM OUTSIDE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Any student bringing pets to class will be asked to leave class until the pet is safely situated. No exceptions.

UCSC CAMPUS IS SMOKE AND TOBACCO FREE - NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON SITE.

NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE STUDENT AGREEMENT 

Please download this agreement and read it very 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. 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 the NOLS Wilderness Medicine program and are at the sole risk of the participant. 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

EMT Continuing Education

NOLS Wilderness Medicine is proud to be a Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredited organization. Current EMTs are eligible to receive 18 CEU hours at no additional cost for participation in a Wilderness First Responder course. Please bring a photocopy of your current EMT card(s) with you to your course.

Pre-Course Access to College Credit

The WFR Recert course is pre-approved for one semester hour credit through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $80. Thirty days prior to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

 

TRAVEL/DIRECTIONS

Go to http://maps.ucsc.edu/ for directions to the campus and to the facility.

Directions to Campus:

Traveling from San Jose/Bay Area:

Take Highway 880 to Highway 17 South to Santa Cruz. Upon reaching Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North towards Half Moon

Bay. Highway I turns into Mission Street. Travel along Mission and turn right at Bay Street. Bay takes you directly into the Main Entrance (east entrance) of UCSC.

Traveling from the South/Monterey Area:

Take Highway 1 North to Santa Cruz, towards Half Moon Bay. Highway 1 turns into Mission Street. Travel along Mission and turn right at Bay Street. Bay takes you directly into the Main Entrance (east entrance) of UCSC.

Directions to the Classroom:

The Wilderness First Responder Recertifications are held in Stevenson 175. For a map of the classroom area, please look here: Stevenson College Map.

 

PARKING 

The UCSC campus is nestled in wooded hills above Santa Cruz, therefore finding parking and the classroom will take you more time. Please plan an extra 15-20 minutes to find parking and the classroom. For classes in Stevenson College consider parking in lots 109, 110 and if those are full the East Remote Lot. For the Wilderness First Responders it is best to park at the East Remote Lot. You will need to pay for parking during the week and in some lots on the weekend. For parking info and fees go to https://taps.ucsc.edu/ For information on Free Parking options: http://taps.ucsc.edu/parking/park-for-free.html


LODGING/RECREATION

We do not provide on site lodging for this course. The following is a partial list of lodging available locally. You can email us for more options or visit the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Bureau at www.santacruz.org

Nearby hotels & campgrounds:

Mission Inn: (831)425-5455

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz: (831)420-0777

Henry Cowell State Park: (800)444-PARK or go to reserveamerica.com

New Brighton State Beach: (800)444-PARK or go to reserveamerica.com

Santa Cruz Youth Hostel: (831)423-8304

KOA Watsonville/Monterey/Santa Cruz: (800)562-7701

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

We hope this information is helpful. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

UC Santa Cruz Recreation

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Phone: (831)459-2806 or (831)459-1693

email: drlewis@ucsc.edu or recreation@ucsc.edu

web: https://recreation.ucsc.edu/ 

 

NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Mountain Time

Phone: (800) 710-6657

Fax: (307) 332-1242

Email: wilderness_medicine@nols.edu

Website: https://www.nols.edu/en/about/wilderness-medicine/