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The Bridge course lets you upgrade your WAFA certification to Wilderness First Responder in a 4-day course, OR recertify an existing WFR.

1/12/2012 to 1/15/2012
When: 1/12/2012
8:00 AM
Where: Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Ed Daugherty

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The Bridge course lets you upgrade your WAFA certification to Wilderness First Responder in a 4-day course, OR recertify an existing WFR. WFR has become the standard level of training for staff with most programs running remote, multi-day trips. NOLS and Outward Bound require this training as a minimum for their field staff. The course emphasizes thorough patient assessment and subsequent treatment and management for wounds, burns, blisters, concussion, hypo- and hyperthermia, drowning, lightning, anaphylaxis, toxins, and common backcountry medical problems. For more information about the course, call Wilderness Medical Associates in Portland, ME at 888-WILDMED, or look up their website at

To be eligible for the upgrade from WAFA to WFR you must

· Be at least 16 years old

· Have completed the Wilderness Advanced First Aid course within the past 3 years. Your WAFA card must show course completion on or since January 2009

· Compete a Pre-Course Study Packet, obtainable from WMA. You must turn this in on the first day of class.

If you don’t hold a current WAFA, Wilderness First Responder certification can be achieved by taking the January 7 – 10 WAFA and the subsequent WFR Bridge. The WAFA is priced at the same rates as the WFR Bridge Those who wish to recertify a WFR should take the WFR Bridge course.

The class will start Saturday, 1/12 at 8:00 am in the Shaw Smith 900 Room on the 3rd floor of the Knobloch Campus Center on the Davidson campus. There is a lot to do in a short period of time, so we cannot wait for late arrivals. Please be on time. Lodging ( i.e. co-ed, indoor floorspace) and camping are available beginning Thursday night at Erwin Lodge, 1345 Grey Rd, Davidson.

Directions to the campus center and to the lodge will be sent when you register. General directions to Davidson and a campus map are available at:

Certification is good for three years and is dependent on 2 main criteria: You must demonstrate an understanding of the first aid skills taught, both in the classroom and in simulations, and you must attend the entire course. This course also satisfies WMA WFR recertification requirements

Price: Public $325, Davidson students, faculty & staff $270, DO TLs $245. Full payment is required to reserve your space. Includes lunches on all four class days and the option of free lodging (camping or floor space) at the course site. Please stop by DO to make a payment to register. If you can’t do that, send your check, payable to Davidson College, to

WFR Bridge Registration

Davidson Outdoors

Box 7182

Davidson, NC 28035-7182

Cancellations and refunds: A full refund will be given for cancellations made before December 1st. Cancellations after December 1st and before December 10th will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund given for cancellations after December 10th.

Lodging: Free camping is available at the course site. Participants may sleep on the floor in Erwin Lodge (a 15 minute walk from the campus center) or set up a tent in the wooded area surrounding the lodge. The lodge has toilets and a kitchen for your use. Showers will be available on campus. Motel lodging is available within 5 miles of campus. For a list of area lodging options, see If you are a current student, details about lodging and access to your residence hall will be available in November.

Meals: There will not be a meal plan. The Union Café will have limited lunch hours, yet to be determined. There are many restaurants and grocery stores nearby.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (704) 894-2173, or by e-mail at I look forward to seeing you in January.

Ed Daugherty

Director, Davidson Outdoors

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