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 first aid and CPR, as well as my wilderness program, for the American Safety & Health Institute; so I can train and certify ASHI instructors and help develop local programs. My comprehensive textbook (available from ASHI) shows you how to do wilderness emergency care skills, step by step, as well as explaining the topics. My Instructor Guide will help you to plan, organize, and teach the ASHI wilderness courses, or any other courses that focus on practical skills. 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. For details about the courses, see the menu below. Any questions? Send me an e-mail - just click on my e-mail address below.


American Safety & Health Institute


Wilderness Emergency Care Courses [WEC]


How to teach


Wilderness Emergency Care books published


Wilderness First Aid
March 24, 2018 in Berkeley
 Next class after that: May 19.



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Steve Donelan

last update: February 3, 2018