Top 5 Reasons to be WFR Certified

Wilderness First Responder Certification Matters

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive medical training certification for adventure guides, outdoor educators, search-and-rescue teams, and other outdoor enthusiasts who work, play, and live in remote areas. Certification requires that students master the principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. We think it’s an important skill set for anyone who spends time in the backcountry or in remote settings just beyond the reach of urban medical response.

Each spring we host The Wilderness Medicine Workshop for folks who need to re-certify their WFR training and for folks looking to obtain Wilderness First Aid Training. We also think it’s cool to have the skills and know-how to care for yourself and your team in case someone get sick or injured during an outdoor adventure. That’s why we’ve compiled these Top 5 Reasons to be WFR Certified!

#1: Knowledge is Power

The old adage applies to most everything in life, but the knowledge that you will gain from WFR training will give you the power to save lives in the backcountry or other emergency situation. The training empowers you to make informed decisions and take action when action matters. We’re talking about everything from appropriately dressing a small cut to wrapping a sprained ankle to carrying your friend out of the backcountry.

Wilderness First Responder Certification Duluth

Justin Brewster guides a group of students through wound management during The Duluth Wilderness Medicine Workshop. Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: What is Wilderness Medicine?

#2: Professional Development is an Advantage

Planning to pursue a career in the wilderness adventure or wilderness emergency response? Maybe you’re going to apply to be an adventure guide with The Duluth Experience! Well, WFR certification is the industry standard. With a WFR certification, your chances of landing your dream job playing in the woods are going to be much higher. It shows that you are serious and committed to your craft and ready to put in the hard work necessary to gain important skills.

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Bud loves to guide kayak adventures on Lake Superior. Sound fun? Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: Be An Adventure Guide with The Duluth Experience

#3: Preparation Equals Good Practice

Be prepared to live life to the fullest. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, canoeing – these are a few of our favorite activities. No matter what your adventures entail, you need the right tools and equipment. This includes the ability to assess potential risk and plan ahead. With a solid background in wilderness medicine, you’ll have the confidence and peace of mind that allows you to avoid unnecessary risk and enjoy each experience to its fullest.

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Being prepared for epic adventures should include a bit of experience in wilderness first aid. Image: The Duluth Experience.

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#4: WFR Skills are Cool

Get your WFR certification and you’ll be the most popular person in your group of outdoor adventurers. Kick back and relax while the folks with the cooking skills whip up a delicious Dutch oven feast over the campfire. They’ve got you covered because you’ve got them covered. You’ll increase your value as part of the team and bring a skill to the group that may not be well represented. Having a WFR around is always a good thing!

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WFR and WFA training is great for any outdoor adventure. Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: Volunteer Day On The Superior Hiking Trail

#5: You’ll Enjoy the Experience!

This spring’s Wilderness Medicine Workshop is taught by passionate and knowledgeable instructors from Longleaf Wilderness Medicine and uses a curriculum that is evidence-based and field-tested. Skills training scenarios will give you a chance to practice what you’ve learned so you’ll feel comfortable using them in the field. Plus, you’ll get to connect with other people from the area who share your love of the outdoors.

Group Hike to Ely's Peak

Leading groups on outdoor adventures is rewarding and fun. Just be prepared! Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: Hiking Trail to Ely’s Peak

Visit The Wilderness Medicine Workshop Page to learn more!

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