INSTRUCTOR: MARK DEJONG, NRP, AWEMT – The Offgrid Medic
The Offgrid Medic Wilderness First Responder (WFR) program, is the “Gold Standard” in wilderness medical care training. The scope of practice for a WFR is to prevent and identify medical problems, initiate reasonable and appropriate field management and identify red flag signs and symptoms indicating the need for evacuation for potentially life-threatening problems.
This course is primarily intended for non-medical professionals who are traveling in the backcountry and serving as wilderness guides, outdoor instructors, outdoor educators, Search and Rescue (SAR) team members, ski patrol, medical personnel for adventure races/events, missionaries, expedition medical team members, etc.
If you are serious about expanding your depth of medical knowledge and honing your skills to deal with medical issues in backcountry environments, this challenging seven-day, 80-hour immersive program is highly recommended.
There are no prerequisites for this program. Ultra-realistic day and night scenarios, complete with crisis actors, are an integral part of our learning environment.
- Adult, Child and Infant CPR, AED and Choking Treatments
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Patient Assessment Skills
- Vital Signs
- Bleeding Control and Shock Management
- Recognizing and Treating Soft Tissue Injuries
- Alternative Wound Closure Techniques
- Tourniquet and Hemostatic Agent Usage
- Bone Injuries and Splinting
- Sprains and Strains
- Improvised Traction Splints
- Dislocation Reduction Techniques
- Head and Spinal Injuries
- Chest and Abdominal Injuries
- Burns and Thermal Injuries
- Indications and Use of Medical Oxygen
- Basic Airway Adjunct Indication and Use
- Lost Person Mentality and Behavior
- Medical Emergencies in the Backcountry
- Environmental Hazards and Concerns
- Bites, Stings and Envenomations
- Introduction to Rotary Aircraft Ground Operations
- Emergency Carries and Improvised Litters
- Medical Kit Mentality
- Medical Leadership
- Medical Surveillance
- Medical Considerations in Remote Expedition Planning
- Incident Command for Wilderness Medical Operations
Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive
Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.
What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site
Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited
Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.
Cancellations may be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:
30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.
MUST MEET MINIMUM OF REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS FOR CLASS TO PROCEED. 4 PARTICIPANTS