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Wilderness First Responder | Avalanche Level 1 | Leave No Trace Trainer | CPR & First Aid

Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness EMT

Spring 2014 Course Information
Student Cost: $510 before January 25; $550 after
Public Cost: $585 before January 25; $635 after
Practical Session Dates: March 21-25, 2014
Westminster College campus and local field sessions

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To Enroll in the Course and Receive Academic Credit
You must sign up through Web Advisor as you do for your other academic courses, you will then need to register and pay online. The fees above are in additon to tuition.
To Enroll in the Course Without Receiving Academic Credit
Simply register and pay online.

Wilderness First Responder or WFR (pronounced "woofer") courses are designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors. They are the industry standard for wilderness medical training. It is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionalsand the course you want your friends to have taken before you travel with them! This course will also be offered as a WEMT course with separate pre-requisite texts. The course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC), one of the leaders in wilderness medicine education. WMTC is the only wilderness medicine provider to offer a complete distance learning course in wilderness medicine. Their distance learning WFR course has three distinct components: a didactic distance learning component, on-line testing, and an on-site practical session. You MUST complete the didactic material—using WMTC's text, field manual, and animated DVD—and on-line testing prior to attending the on-site practical session. The time required to complete the didactic material and testing ranges from 25-50 hours depending on the individual student. The five day 50 hour practical session completes the course with skills labs and simulations designed to fully align the academic work with practical application. While distance learning courses are not for everyone—they require academic discipline and the ability for effective self-study— you can learn MORE taking a WMTC's distance learning WFR course than a standard WFR course. For more information, please visit This course may be taken for 1 or 2 HPW credits. Contact Tiana White at 801.832.2861 or for further information.

Avalanche Level 1 Certification

Spring 2014 Course Information
Dates & Times: Friday, January 17th-Sunday, January 19th , 2014
Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm, White Pine Touring, Park City, UT

Cost: $188.01 (including tax and all other fees)
Click here for more information and to register.

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At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:
Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
Recognize avalanche terrain.
Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
Learn and apply effective companion rescue.
Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction)
Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena, Types and characteristics of avalanches, Avalanche motion, Size classification, The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering, Observations and Information Gathering, Field observation techniques, Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test, Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags,” Observation checklist, Avalanche danger scale, Trip Planning and Preparation, Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection, Route finding and travel, techniques, Decision making and Human Factors, Companion Rescue and Equipment.

Leave No Trace Trainer Certification

Students who take the Wilderness Education Course during May Term have the opportunity to receive their Leave No Trace Trainer Certification. Sign up for the 4 credit Wilderness Education course through WebAdvisor as your do your other academic courses.

This course assists student participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. Trainer Courses are designed for educators, guides, agency employees and other outdoor professionals.  Successful graduates of the Trainer Course gain skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family. Participants learn the concept of Leave No Trace and prepare to teach Leave No Trace curriculum in a variety of settings - such as schools, camps, parks, wilderness and front country areas. Workshop topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles LNT.

CPR & First Aid

These courses are offered through the Westminster Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department. Find more information here.