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Wilderness First Aid/CPR Classes

Wilderness First Aid

The Wilderness First Aid course is intended to provide outdoor enthusiasts with an overview of medical assessments, treatment and intended to teach basic life support skills that could save lives or prevent an injury or medical condition from getting worse. This course is also ideal for scouting and youth program leaders, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, canoe & rafting trip guides, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.


 This course is presented by True North Expeditions instructors who are professional, medically licensed in the state of Illinois as paramedics or EMT-Bs, have over 80 years of combined experience in prehospital medical care, emergency preparedness, and who have served on specialty rescue teams with career fire departments in the Chicagoland area.


Upon successful completion, students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid.  This comprehensive 16-hour wilderness first aid course meets or exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, 2017 Edition.


CPR/First Aid/AED (Standard and Advanced)

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies. Includes CPR certification which is valid for 2 years.

Advanced First Aid is a course that prepares participants to recognize and act in an emergency to sustain life. This program exceeds OSHA guidelines for emergency care.  It is intended for work-place emergency response team members who are not licensed healthcare providers and can be customized for the environment.  Medical, Injury, Environmental, and Behavioral emergencies are addressed.

You can find our classes under the "Upcoming Events" tab, or you can schedule a class in your area by calling 608-571-4937, or emailing us at We require a minimum of 8 people. 






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