Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) An intensive wilderness medicine course for everyone

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Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course is designed for outdoor enthusiasts & professionals, preparing them to care for injuries and illnesses in remote, challenging environments.


This course is beneficial for individuals who are responsible for friends and family while in the outdoors as well as for those working in travel companies, educational and outdoor organisations, sports and adventure bodies, hospitality industry, offsites-events, relief agencies, disaster management and and rescue forces. The course is fast-paced, challenging, hands-on and fun.


While “First Aid” is at the core of the course, “Wilderness” is defined as being an hour away from definitive medical care, which makes it relevant to most rural and urban settings in India.


On successfully passing the written & practical exam, participants receive:

- Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Certification (2 year validity)

- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification (2 year validity)

- Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EAI) Certification (2 year validity)

Course Duration: 4 Days

Participant Limit: Min 20 - Max 30

Hanifl Centre, India’s leading institution for outdoor education and environmental study has collaborated with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, USA to conduct Wilderness Medicine Courses (WFA/WAFA/WFR) with Adult & Child Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in India.


Aerie Backcountry is recognised by the American Outdoor industry and has worked with organisations like WMA and WMI-NOLS in the USA specialising in wilderness medicine and under the guidance of the Wilderness Medical Society, evolved a Scope of Practice (SoP) for different courses. CPR certification is under the guidelines established by the American Heart Association for Heartsaver CPR.


Our WAFA course is designed with scenarios at the heart of the learning experience. We emphasise hands-on practice of skills and patient assessments. Our instructors are professional care providers with many years of outdoor leadership experience.


Module Length: 32 hours (WAFA 28 hrs + CPR 4 hrs)

In addition to the WFA content, WAFA course focuses more in depth and detail on various topics and scenario-time. Instructors also have more time to coach struggling participants. Skill-set expectation increases from just Life Threats (Scene-Safety & Primary Survey) to Life Threats + Secondary Survey (Head-to-toe to Patient History).

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) focuses on:

- Full Patient Assessment, Extended Patient Care

- Emergency Response Procedures.

- Injury-Illness Identification and Management: Including Bleeding Control, Shock, Spinal Injuries, Head Injuries, Chest Wounds, Sprains & Strains, Fractures & Dislocations, Splinting, Cold Injuries, Heat Illnesses, Lightning, Altitude Illnesses, Drowning, Anaphylaxis, Bites & Stings, Medical Illnesses, Wounds & Wound Management, Patient moves & Litter carries, Asthma, Diabetes, Abdominal Emergencies, Burns, Environmental Emergencies, etc.

- Adult & Child CPR.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is an incredibly important skill, particularly in an urban environment. The session is practical and hands-on focusing on Myocardial Infarction (MI), Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Angina, Stroke (Haemorrhagic & Ischemic), Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO) along with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) incorporating the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).


We limit the group size to 30 in order to make the course effective. Recertification for both WFA & CPR involves undertaking the full course again after two years.

Packing List Ideal for Courses at Hanifl Centre

Mentioned below are the inclusions of the course, along with a broad list of basic items we recommend all participants should carry. You can always create your own packing list based on your personal needs and medical requirements.





Please Note:

Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions regarding our courses. If you have not found an answer to your query below, please feel free to write to us at haniflcentre@gmail.com