Wilderness First Responder Course 2022

January 1st-9th

The WFR course is rapidly becoming the industry standard certification for guides and trip leaders. It is a 9-10 day intensive program, with greater than 80 hours of contact time in a learning setting. Teaching methods include an emphasis on didactic lectures and hands-on, experiential workshops and scenarios. There will be two evening sessions - one on the 3rd day of the course, and one on the 7th day (subject to rescheduling based on local weather and other logistics). The night mock rescue is one of the highlights of the course, pulling it all together in a backcountry setting, and illustrating what it truly takes to evacuate an injured or ill person. Your rescue gear needs to be packed and ready to go at any moment throughout the course. Please refer to and follow the WFR Rescue Gear Checklist closely, and contact us with any questions you may have.

Bad things happen outdoors and usually in bad weather! So, be prepared for the weather...dress in layers that you can be removed indoors or in the sun, and layer up when we go outside. Full rain protection is a necessity, both rain tops and pants. Your comfort and ability to pay attention during this intense course will be helped if you stay well-hydrated and have snacks on hand to munch during class. The course ends with a written exam and a scenario-based practical exam.

Location: Room 202 of The 90, 440 Hilltop Ave, Lexington, Ky, 40508

Registration: Now - Friday Dec 10th at 4 pm

Meals and Lodging: Meals and Lodging are not provided with tuition. It is your responsibility to find lodging and feed yourself. If you are looking to camp the closest place is the Kentucky Horse Park you can find their website by clicking HERE. Otherwise, there are several extended stay hotels near campus that offer reasonable rates. Contact Danny Bavis at Danny.Bavis@uky.edu for more information.

Transportation: Not Provided

Other Pertinent Information: For information about receiving college credit go to Landmark Learning's Website.