To help outdoor leaders curb health risk as well as respond accurately to emergencies during adventure trips, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has launched a few courses in wilderness medicine at its Ranikhet campus in India. Those who take these courses will be trained on how to provide first aid when help is delayed.
A two to two-and-half-day long course on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) has been designed for trip leaders, camp staff, and outdoor enthusiasts. This is a hands-on introductory course that will prepare them for the unexpected accidents.
An advanced course -- Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), which is of five-day duration, has been developed for those who have to travel and work in remote areas. This course included stabilisation, treatment and evacuation guidelines for patients in backcountry environments.
NOLS also has on plate another 10-day long course in Wilderness First Responder (WFR), which is developed for those outdoor guides who travel with groups in remote locations. The goal of this very course is to train the takers in making critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. It will also prepare them for long-term patient care.
In all the courses, the process of earning includes both classroom and outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions.
No previous first aid training is required to take these courses; but the candidate must have attained the age of 16 years.