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One quick note: when searching the Internet for wilderness training, sometimes you’ll run into the term… survival skills training. For the purpose of this website, wilderness training will focus on safety and medical training for emergencies in rough country as opposed to survival training.
If you’re thinking about spending some time out in remote areas then it’s a good idea to be prepared for medical emergencies, and wilderness training will do that for you.
Generally speaking, some may refer to this topic as survival skills training, wilderness survival training, wilderness first-aid training, wilderness first responder training or wilderness medical training when doing Internet searches. I’m going to group them in the same broad family of “‘medical assistance” for when you’re out in the sticks.
Some of the common types of programs include the following.
- Wilderness First Aid
- Wilderness First Responder
- Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
And there are several specialty courses geared toward different environments and circumstances, and there are courses catering to both medical professionals and laymen.
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Wilderness training is just that… training. So, there’s very little, if any, risk for the most part.
However, sometimes there may be some high-level training where you may be tested in some sticky situations to simulate real-life conditions, so there could be some uncontrolled risk.
Skill & Physical Factors
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For most non-medical professionals that take wilderness survival training, you’ll need to develop some basic skills, but you probably don’t need much in the way of physical fitness to be qualified to do what you need to do. However, the better shape you’re in the more you’ll be able to help someone should they need assistance out of a remote area.
When it comes to medical professionals there will certainly be much more expected of them. Whether it’s immobilizing a broken bone or some kind of invasive emergency procedure, the pros are going to need to operate on a much higher level than the rest of us.
When it comes to the physical factor the same holds true for pro as for the non pro… the better shape they’re in the more they’ll be able to help someone should the situation call for strength and/or endurance.
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Imagine having the ability to save someone’s life.
Let’s say you’re on a trek and need to negotiate a narrow pass along a slippery ledge. You make it across, but your friend slips and takes a nasty fall. You rush to their aid and go through the process you learned in your wilderness first-aid training course when you notice their pulse getting weak and then they stop breathing.
You quickly go to CPR and soon they begin breathing on their own, their pulse gets stronger and they open their eyes and look into yours. You’ve just saved their life.
What a rush!
Is there anything that could be more fun or rewarding than that?
Popular places for wilderness training
Wilderness training for just about any kind of course you would need are offered all over the world. They are especially easy to find in the United States, Canada, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia with a simple search on the Internet. Some companies have several locations around the globe.