The Pros & Cons of the American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course
The American Red Cross offers a Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course based on the curriculum developed by the Boy Scouts of America. While the Red Cross has a long history in teaching urban first aid, their Wilderness and Remote First Aid course leaves much to be desired when compared to the Wilderness First Aid courses offered by most of the professional providers. If you are considering taking the ARC course—or becoming an instructor for one—below is a list of pros and cons.
Two components are critical to delivering an effective course in wilderness first aid:
When it's all said and done, if cost is your only or primary objective, then consider the ARC course. If your goal is to get certified so you meet your organization's first aid requirements, this may do it. If your goal is to be prepared to prevent, assess, and treat an injury or illness in the outdoors, you are better off with a course taught by a professional wilderness medicine provider whose course meets or exceeds the minimum set forth in Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice document. It's worth remembering that when choosing a Wilderness First Aid course, like most other things in life, you typically get what you pay for.
WMTC Wilderness First Aid courses exceed the minimum WFA SOP. Our 3-day Standard WFA is 70% skill labs, case study review, and simulations. Our Distance Learning Project (DLP) WFA requires approximately eight hours of home study, successful completion of our online test, prior to attending an 18 hour (2-day) practical session. Both courses our water-proof field manual, and patient SOAP notes. The hybrid DLP WFA web site also includes case studies and animated presentations to prepare you for the online test and practical session. Either course may be used to re-certify a current WAFA, WFR, or WEMT certification with successful completion of our online Recertification exam.
All WMTC instructors are professional outdoor leaders with years of field experience, hold a current EMT (or higher) license in their state of residence, and have successfully completed our 14 day instructor training course and an intense apprenticeship.
If you are thinking about becoming an ARC Wilderness & Remote First Aid instructor so you can certify your staff or students, consider taking a look at our Affiliate Program. As an affiliate instructor you can offer a Standard or DLP Wilderness First Aid course to your staff or students at a very low price and deliver the best WFA curriculum in the industry to boot. Of course, you'll need to meet our strict instructor standards and successfully pass our intense instructor training course and apprenticeship. Think about it.
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Looking for a reliable field reference? Consider consider purchasing one of our print or digital handbooks; our digital handbook apps are available in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Updates are free for life. A digital SOAP note app is also available.
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