Wilderness Emergency Care

Training for emergencies

I design and teach courses that help people prepare for safe wilderness experiences and cope with emergencies in both wilderness and urban situations. The long courses such as Wilderness First Responder are designed mainly for people who have a duty to act, or are responsible for the safety of others: trip leaders and guides, ski patrollers, and rescue team members; and for people who do serious wilderness activities that take them far from medical help. The shorter courses, such as Wilderness First Aid and Basic WFA, focus on what recreationists and leaders of short wilderness trips need to know, with a lot of hands-on skills and scenario practice packed into relatively few hours. I also offer workshops and seminars on specific topics.

Private courses

If you have a group of people who need training and certification in any of my courses, I can come to your facility and teach the course. My rates are reasonable, and I offer discounts to volunteer-based, non-profit organizations. Just send me an e-mail and let me know what you need.

Learning to teach

I am an Instructor Trainer in my Wilderness Eemrgency Care program, for the National Association for Search and Rescue (www.nasar.org); so I can train and certify NASAR WFA and WFR/WEMTU instructors and help develop local programs. I can also conduct customized instructor classes that train people to do everything from short presentations to long courses. This training is very interactive and can include course and lesson planning, class management, administration,  evaluation, and testing as well as teaching methods, depending on your needs. Any questions? Send me an e-mail - just click on my e-mail address below.


My textbook, Wilderness Emergency Care, shows you how to do wilderness emergency care skills, step by step, as well as explaining the topics. It is available from NASAR and Amazon. My Instructor Guide will help you to plan, organize, and teach the NASAR wilderness courses, or any other courses that focus on practical skills. It will be freely available to NASAR instructors in a NASAR dropbox.

 National Association for Search and Rescue

Wilderness Emergency Care Courses


How to teach


Revised edition of Wilderness Emergency Care published


Wilderness First Aid

March 16-17, 2019 in Berkeley

February 24 in Palo Alto (BWFA)

May 18-19 in Berkeley



Articles on teaching
Articles on teaching wilderness and prehospital emergency care


Steve Donelan

last update: February 6, 2019