Wilderness first responder 2017-04-07T11:50:38+00:00


Wilderness First Responder

Course summary

The First Responder certificate is growing in reputation as a global standard in training. This intensive 6 day Wilderness First Responder course takes the First Responder syllabus and applies it to remote situations where evacuation may be protracted and complex.

Practitioners are encouraged to gather data to enable an online doctor to make a diagnosis and direct basic treatment. The course develops the ability to gather and communicate medical and scene information and focuses on core competencies: Effective patient assessment in diverse environments and situations; safe, appropriate use of oxygen, AED and Entonox; treatment for fractures including traction; patient transportation; triage and scene management; and long-term patient management.

The course is designed for practitioners working in remote locations, for those with support from another more experienced medic or online support from a doctor. Participants have included Mountain Rescue teams, remote exploration team members and expedition leaders.

In order to attend WFR training, participants are encouraged to have previously attended basic first aid training and to have a keen interest in outdoor activities.

 Course content

Location and times

We meet at 09:00 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall, Dove House, Tregoniggie TR11 4SN. We will sit down in our briefing room at 9:00 to discuss individual needs and desires and get to meet everyone on the course. The finish time may vary depending on the chosen location and the plan for the day but we normally aim to finish around 18:00.

Sea Kayaking Cornwall is located on the edge of Falmouth. Follow signs to Falmouth which will take you passed ASDA. Continue on until the next roundabout with cannons on. Take the second exit towards Budock Water. Continue straight across the next roundabout.   After about 200m turn left into Tregoniggie ind estate. We are down the hill on the left.


What to bring

Camera to capture the action off the water. 

A towel!

A flask of hot drink.

Packed lunch

Your personal paddling equipment


We are looking forward to seeing you out on the water.


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What it includes

The course fee includes equipment if required. The equipment we can supply are wetsuits, thermal tops, water proof kayaking jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. We use quality equipment maintained to a high standard to ensure you are comfortable and safe out on the water.  The fee also includes transport during the course if required. We also have hot showers and a drying room for you to use.  Our base has navigation equipment and a multimedia classroom to utilise for briefings and classes.  During your course our kitchen has an endless supply of fresh coffee and tea to get you started each morning.  We also have secure kayak storage if required during your time with us.