Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course & Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Duration: 2 ½ Days
Certification: WFA & CPR (Valid for 2 Years)

Hanifl Centre has collaborated with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, Montana, USA to teach Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR courses in India. This course comprises of a 16-hour (WFA) module and a 4-hour Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) module.

About 40% of the WFA course content is scenario based where participants take turns playing the role of injured / caregiver. Topics are covered with a focus on how to recognize signs and symptoms, first aid treatment and prevention measures to avoid further illness / injury.

We try to limit the size of a group to 30 in order to make the course effective. The medium of instruction can be English, Hindi  or Marathi.

If a participant is able to meet the expectations set out by the WFA course then he/she gets a ‘Wilderness First Aid’ certificate with a validity of two years. The Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) session has an additional certificate. Re-certification for both involves undertaking the full course again after two years. If a participant does not meet the expectations set out by the WFA course then that participant gets a ‘Wilderness Medicine Essentials’ (WME) certificate with a validity of two years. WME is an 8-hour course.

Course Details

WFA + CPR courses will be beneficial to those working in companies, educational and outdoor organisations, sports bodies, government agencies like relief agencies, disaster management and paramilitary forces.

Course Length: 16 hours / WFA Certification valid for 2 years.

The WFA course provides a great introduction to wilderness medicine for anyone spending time in the outdoors. The course focuses on injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies.

Approximately half of the course is classroom based lectures and half through practical scenarios.

Course Length: 4 hours / CPR Certification valid for 2 years.

CPR is an incredibly important skill, particularly in an urban environment. Our CPR courses are hands-on, practical and fun. Our CPR instructors are all current American Heart Association certified. We offer CPR certifications under the guidelines established by the American Heart Association for Heartsaver CPR.

Course Length: 8 hours / WME Certification valid for 2 years.

Our Wilderness Medical Essentials course is an awareness-level class, designed for individuals or organizations wanting up-to-date wilderness medicine information on topics such as wound management, management of hot and cold emergencies, basic splinting and wilderness improvisation. Like most of our courses, it is half didactic, half hands-on practical review.

Credibility of these certificates: Hanifl Centre  has collaborated with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, Montana, U.S.A. to teach these courses in India. Aerie Backcountry Medicine  has worked with other organisations in the USA specialising in wilderness medicine (e.g., WMA and WMI of NOLS), and under the guidance of the Wilderness Medicine Society, evolved a Scope of Practice (SoP) for courses. Hence not only is its content whetted but there is a review system in place where this SoP stands to be modified from time to time. Aerie Backcountry Medicine trained Indian instructors through a 10-day ‘instructor’s course’. All students on that course have had significant field experience in the outdoors, were already qualified in an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course and are currently ‘re-certified’ in the same.

Courses taught for the following organizations:
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
  • Central Reserve Police Force, Government of India
  • Foliage Outdoors, Pune
  • Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Government of Uttarakhand
  • Outlife Adventures, Hyderabad
  • Shakti Tours (New Delhi / Almora)
  • The Himalayan Club, Mumbai
  • The Himalayan Outback, Ramnagar (Corbett NP)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Study Abroad programme in India)
  • Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand
  • YaleNUS College Singapore (Study Abroad programme in India)

In addition, on our “Open Enrollment” courses, we have had a few participants from Snow Leopard Adventures, White Magic Adventures, ITBP (Mussoorie), Greenpeace India, Nature Connect, Dehradun, Allied Safety Equipment Pvt Ltd and many other individuals from Mussoorie, Delhi, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune

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