Wilderness First Aid

This is a fast paced, fun weekend course that teaches and strengthens skills needed for safe operation in and around whitewater.  The cost of instruction is highly subsidized by the OWA Safety & Training program.  Accidents happen and whitewater is inherently dangerous.  The WFA course is designed to help you mitigate danger by giving you tools/skills to assess the situation and then act/react. 

Any questions, please send an email to safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org.



Lead Instruction: Travis Reid, Oregon Rescue LLC

Registration Fee (Non-Refundable): 

  • OWA Members $70 per person - This amount is highly subsidized by OWA
  • Non-members $100 per person (comes with a free 1 year membership!)

Lunch:  Lunch will NOT be provided. We will have drinks and snacks

Gear: Bring weather and scenario appropriate clothing. There will be washable fake blood and likely some dirt. Please bring a camp chair. Coffee cup is a good idea for the drink/snack table. 

Location:  Milo McIver State Park

Time:  Sat/Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23-24th - Attending the entire class is necessary to receive the certifications.

Camping:  We have the Kingfisher Group site reserved from Thursday night to Monday morning. Contact safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org if you are interested in camping.

Age Limit:  Please be at least age 16 to participate (no exceptions)

Course Summary

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course provides introductory medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments. Through a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to make informed medical decisions when definitive care is hours away. The WFA includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that help students master the central concepts of remote medicine and effectively respond to an emergency if necessary.   The WFA includes an introduction to a broad range of medical skills and topics, including:

  • Scene Safety and Site Control
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Lifting & Moving Patients
  • Musculoskeletal & Spinal Injury Management
  • Wound Management & Infection
  • Respiratory & Cardiac Emergencies
  • Metabolic & Allergic Reactions
  • Immersion & Submersion
  • Cold / Heat Emergencies
  • CPR & AED and More.


Course Sign Up

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)


Current OWA Members - $70

This price is heavily subsidized by OWA

Member slots are sold out. Contact safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org to be added to the waitlist.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - New Member

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - New Member


New Member Price- $100

Includes first year of OWA Membership.

Non-Member slots are sold out.