Finns West provides custom Wilderness First Aid courses for the angling & hunting industry. Courses range from one to 7 days, with our 3 day course being the most popular and relevant for guides, outfitters and lodge staff. Each course focuses on patient assessment, management of life threatening emergencies, common injuries and illnesses as well as patient packaging, protection and evacuation.. The focus is on the management of these issues when emergency care will be delayed due to distance, environment and lack of resources.
Our courses focus on evidence-based medicine and hands-on training scenarios and we combine our medical expertise with our guiding profession to identify and create realistic medical scenarios most likely encountered by folks who work and play in the environments associated with fly fishing and hunting.
If you are interested in one of our classes or are an outfitter or fly shop interested in hosting a course, drop us a line!
The Freestone First Aid course was designed specifically for fly fishing outfitters and guides as well as for individuals who want a little more confidence in their first aid skills. This is our most popular course for guides and individuals taking day trips or who may have access to reasonable 911 response.
We created this course in response to the standard on 1 day first aid courses that may not offer the appropriate training for individuals working in environments where emergency response is delayed and where knowledge of environmental emergencies, common medical issues and patient protection / packaging are paramount.
The core of the Freestone First Aid course is first aid in the wilderness / remote environment focusing on Quick Patient Assessment; Life Threats, Common Medical Emergencies, Environmental Emergencies, Critical Thinking Skills and Hands on Skills.
*additional AHA courses available as add-on’s depending on participants’ needs
1 Day / 8 Hours
Reasonable Emergency Services response times
Our most popular course with guides, outfitters and lodge staff operating in remote locations or where 911 response will be delayed.Our Wilderness First Aid courses focus on critical thinking skills and the management and treatment of life threatening emergencies and common medical issues when medical response is delayed or non-existent. We focus on patient stabilization, protection, packaging and evacuation using common tools available in the fishing and hunting environment. Realistic hands-on scenarios are created to prepare the participant for emergencies that may occur in their working environment.
Topics and skills in the Wilderness First Aid course include: Circulatory,Respiratory and Nervous System review; Musculoskeletal injuries and splinting; Allergy / Anaphylaxis, Spinal injuries, Wound / Burn care; Environmental emergencies, Water based emergencies; Backcountry medicine and First Aid Kits. Wilderness Guidelines include: Advanced Wound Care and Anaphylaxis skills labs (EpiPen) Each course can be customized to the environment and location the participants operate in, but the skills and knowledge can be used in any situation. *AHA CPR options are available with each course
Our most popular course with guides, outfitters and lodge staff operating in remote locations or where 911 response will be delayed.
As well as our popular Freestone First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses, we offer more advanced wilderness medicine courses such as our 70 hour Wilderness First Responder. As this is a very time intensive (but awesome) course, we do not typically get requests for this by the angling and hunting community unless the outfitter is operating in very remote locations with virtually no medical / rescue response available. With that being said, if your group is interested in a more advanced wilderness medicine course, please do not hesitate to drop us a line and we can chat about it.
We also offer custom wilderness medicine courses for specific topics, environments or specialities that may be required for your endeavors. Feel free to drop us a line and we will be happy to discuss your needs.
Time and length dependent of custom course
Wilderness First Responder:70 Hours
The majority of our courses are contracted by a outfitters, lodges or organizations and closed to outside participants.
Occasionally, Finns West will offer a local course open to the public. We usually do several of these a season that are either hosted by us or an organization and open to the public
Feel free to check our calendar as we will post several months in advanced with all the info. We will also post course announcements via social media sites.
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