You Fight Like You Train
There is no substitute for experience. All Aerie courses rely on effective, realistic and challenging scenarios that provide context for engaging didactic presentations. Working with a select staff, primarily based in Missoula, Montana, we provide training to many of the largest land-management and outdoor-adventure agencies in the United States as well as to the US military, present at the most prominent risk management and wilderness medicine conferences, and offer courses around the world.
Wilderness First Aid
If you are just getting started in medicine, or want a little more than your basic first aid class, this is an ideal course. The two-day format also makes it easier to fit a work or school schedule. Know the basics of wound management, splinting, patient assessment, improvised care and management of hot and cold emergencies before your next adventure.
“Just completed Aerie’s WFA course this weekend. It was an excellent learning experience. I learned more in 2 days than I thought possible.”
— Mike Mitchell, Professor, Univ of MT
Wilderness Advanced First Aid
A Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) certification is a level of training between a Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses. While the curriculum is similar to a Wilderness First Aid course, the WAFA allows for more hands-on practice. This certification requires 36 hours to complete, or 4 days. This includes 4 hours designated to the CPR Certification. The WAFA course is a great option for sponsors looking for a basic level of training with extra hands-on training and scenarios with integrated CPR. Students with a WAFA certification walk away with more confidence in their practical skills and handling emergencies.
Wilderness First Responder
In just 8 days, gain foundational lifesaving wilderness medical skills with Aerie. The WFR is the industry standard for outdoor leaders because it provides enough time for students to practice skills necessary for preventing and managing emergencies in the backcountry.
“All the instructors were fantastic- you two are definitely born public speakers and educators!”
— WFR Student; Bozeman, MT course
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the foundation of pre-hospital medical care in the United States. EMTs gain access to and assess patients, control bleeds, stabilize fractures, administer certain medications, package patients and deliver them to higher levels of care. Aerie's EMT courses prepare our students for this field with in-depth, interactive lectures and realistic, challenging scenarios, emphasizing compassionate care and sound judgment.
While EMTs serve in pre-hospital care settings, Wilderness EMTs (W-EMTs) take foundational EMT skills into austere environments, with potentially hazardous conditions and limited resources. Aerie's Wilderness EMTs are taught to adapt to these challenges with numerous extensive, realistic outdoor scenarios and case studies. Our W-EMT classes begin with standard EMT training, then progress to backcountry scenarios to teach students to care for patients in remote environments.
Semester in Wilderness Medicine
Aerie developed the Semester program to prepare students for careers in medicine while providing them with the skills and certifications necessary for competitive jobs in the outdoor field. Aerie offers three full Semester programs: Spring, in Costa Rica and Montana; Summer, in Montana; and Fall in Montana and the Indian Himalaya.
“I now have an unlimited number of open doors awaiting me once I get my degree, from rural hospice care to Medivac to global health.”
— Tressa Langford, Student-Spring Semester
This six-day course is a scenario-based refresher, with particular emphasis on extended care in wilderness and other austere environments.
Certifications/ Documents of Completion:
1. National Registry paramedic refresher
2. AHA ACLS, PALS, PHTLS and BLS CPR Refreshers