NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute
The Burren, Ireland March 21-23, 2016

PRICE: Euro 375.00 per person. Food and lodging is NOT included in your price. Included is WMI Wilderness First Aid 30 page handout, WMI First Aid Pocket Guide, a patient assessment bandana and NOLS WMI International Wilderness First Aid certification.
LOCATION: Adventure Burren, The Burren, Ireland.

Adventure Burren are providing one place on this course to a community/voluntary organisation, each person registered can nominate an organisation to benefit from this place.


ST PATRICK’S DAY: This course is right after St Patrick’s Holiday. If you are keen on experiencing St Patrick’s Day in Ireland please contact Christy at Adventure Burren for more information:
SIGNING UP: You are welcome to sign up direct with Crossing Latitudes or with Adventure Burren. Once we have received your course fee we will email you a receipt and course confirmation. Crossing Latitudes accepts VISA / MasterCard or international transfer. Please contact us for more information: +46-70 670 1153 (Europe) or +1-406-585-5356 (USA).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fast paced and hands-on, this Wilderness First Aid course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and enjoy the outdoors. Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, “What do I do now?”
On this course, you’ll learn how to prepare for the unexpected. In just a few days, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals in remote locations. WMI’s course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. In Europe
WMI Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses are rapidly gaining recognition among the outdoor industry and summer camps. NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute courses have been taught in Scandinavia and Europe since year 2000.
CLASS FORMAT: Each day we will start at 08:00 and finnish at 18:00. We break for shorter coffee / tea breaks each day and a one hour long lunch break. Be prepared for intense days where we both are indoors and outdoors. One evening we will have a night scenario. This scenario will start around 20:00 and go to about 23:00.
The format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for laying on the ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Fake blood and make-up will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario.
TESTS: There are no written or practical tests on this Wilderness First Aid course. You just have to be there, participate and do your best!
But … If you take this WFA course as your Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification … First of all you need to be a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute WFR grad to be allowed to take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course as a WAFA/WFR refresher. We also ask that you plan to stay beyond 18:00 on our last day as you need to do both a written and practical test. Please email us if you are a WAFA/WFR grad.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring comfortable outdoor clothing. We will be doing lectures inside and scenarios outside every day. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. We will be outside no matter what the weather is. WMI will bring medical equipment and outdoor gear for setting up realistic scenarios. During the course we will also sell WMI first aid kits, T-shirts, books and first aid materials.
NOLS WMI MISSION: The Wilderness Medicine Institute’s goal is to provide the highest quality education and information for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies.
For over a decade, the Wilderness Medicine Institute NOLS and the WMI has been the most recognized and respected teacher of wilderness medicine, training over 162,000 students around the world. At WMI, students learn treatment principles and decision-making skills, not the memorization of long lists. Our courses are rigorous and intensive. They will challenge your decision-making skills and they will get you ready. To date we have run courses internationally in USA, Australia, Canada, Finland, Nepal, Columbia, Costa Rica, Chile, India, Singapore, Malasia, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Thailand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, England and Tanzania.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute is an internationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT: Expect dynamic instructors with lots of international Backcountry and Emergency experience. Expect to spend lots of time outside with realistic scenarios. There will be intense but rewarding days. We have fun on WMI courses while learning about very serious topics.
You can expect a curriculum that is evidence-based, not just copied out of a textbook. We teach wilderness medicine practices and protocols that are supported by a physician-based
medical advisory panel and disseminated by our curriculum director. This means you’re getting the latest findings and protocols in the industry.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT OF YOU: We expect you to be on time each day. We expect you to come prepared each morning. We expect you to be respectful of other participants and our staff – both in the classroom and during our scenarios outside.
We expect you to take good care of our equipment. We hope you will ask us if you don’t understand as our goal is that all participants will gain confidence to help others in need.
We ask that all participants’ cell phones and computers will be turned off during class time. No smoking during our class time (which includes scenario time).
REGISTRATION / POLICIES: Tuition payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable. Tuition is payable by check to Crossing Latitudes, Visa/MasterCard or transfer to Crossing Latitudes Swedish bank account. The tuition fee cover 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. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.

If a registrered participant cancels the course 30 days before course start We will retain 25% of the course fee.
Cancelation of the course between 29 and 14 days before course start and We will retain 50% of the course fee.
Cancelation of the course 13 days pre course and up to the starting time  will We will retain the full course fee.
If we or NOLS WMI must cancel the course we will do everything we can to find another date to teach the course. If no new date can be agreed upon We will return the full course fee.
TRAVEL/DIRECTIONS: Shannon Airport is the most convienient but often flights to Dublin are less expensive. If you fly into Shannon Airport we will collect all folks at a set time the evening before the course starts. We will also help you get back to the Airport the morning after the course.
If you fly into Dublin you need to use public transportation to The Burren.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT & ASSUMPTION OF RISKS RELEASE & INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: Please download this agreement from 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 can’t print – don’t worry – we have extra forms at the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document. Failure to provide a signed document will result in you not being able to participate in the course.
WMI participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the WMI program and are at the sole risk of the participant.
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 in a kennel or other facility.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Crossing Latitudes, Inc. Phone USA:1-406-585-5356 Phone Europe: +46-70-6701153 Web site: WMI web site: mail:
Wilderness First Aid Course Curriculum Introductions Wilderness vs. Urban Medicine Initial Assessment A B C D E Focused Exam (Head-to-Toe assessment) Vital Signs (LOR, HH, RR, SCTM) Focused History (SAMPLE) Emergency and Evacuation Plans Documentation Spinal Cord Injuries Head Injuries Shock Wilderness Wound Management Burns Infections Athletic Injuries Fractures Dislocations Heat Illness Cold Injury Lightning Altitude Illness The Medical Patient Anaphylaxis Wilderness First Aid Kits Closure
Suggested Equipment List Wear Outdoor clothing that will keep you warm and dry in all conditions. Day pack with extra layers (sweater, socks, long johns). Rain jacket & pants or winter jacket & pants. Hiking boots or winter boots. Indoor shoes (sneakers or sandals). Scarf, hat, gloves. Head lamp – we will do scenarios even if it dark. Sleeping bag or sheets (depending on your lodging arrangements). Towel and personal toiletries (depending on your lodging arrangements). Thermos Water bottle Pen and paper Sunglasses