Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)

(28 days/200 hours)

The IWLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician curriculum combines solid learning  progressions with the practical principles and expertise required to deal with medical emergencies in wilderness environments. Interactive classroom time and numerous wilderness-specific emergency scenarios give students the skill to effectively manage first aid problems in the backcountry. This WEMT course exceeds standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for EMT curriculum.

In keeping with IWLS desire to raise industry standards, this course goes above and beyond in furthering professional development. This unique WEMT course gives students short trips into a wilderness setting to practice emergency response and patient care in realistic scenarios.

COURSE LOCATION Alaska, Pacific Northwest & Utah

IWLS EMT INSTRUCTORS are state certified EMT instructors who bring a wealth of knowledge from years of guiding and instructing in wilderness areas. They present scenarios you are likely to encounter in the field, and prepare you to handle emergencies efficiently, safely and professionally. They understand the realities of managing emergencies in remote locations, not only in Alaska, but around the world.

While some time is spent in a classroom, the course utilizes a scenario-based, hands-on, practical approach to the curriculum. Once you’ve learned the tools for assessment, treatment, and transport in a backcountry setting, you’ll practice numerous scenarios incorporating problem solving, teamwork, communications and client care.

CERTIFICATIONS Upon completion of the 28-day course, participants may qualify for the following certifications:

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
International Wilderness Leadership School & State Certification

BLS for the Healthcare Provider
American Red Cross

CPR for the Professional Rescuer
American Heart Association


DATES & PRICES Please see our schedule for current dates and price information.