Wilderness First Aid


2 days

Wilderness Medical Associates has offered high-quality First Aid Trainings world-wide from the beginning of the 80’s. Courses are filled with information and offer the participants a practical approach to First Aid assistance in the wilderness. Courses are suitable for everyone moving in nature and do not require any former First-Aid experience. And now we’re bringin these trainings to Ivalo for you!

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Course Content

The expected target audience is seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.

Course topics are:

  • Patient Assessment System 
  • CPR 
  • Circulatory System 
  • Nervous System 
  • Respiratory System; Fractures 
  • Stable Injuries
  • Splints 1-Extremities 
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia and Heat Illness 
  • Near Drowning 
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine

This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Instructor: Training will be held by Ville Melkko from the Finnish Wilderness First Aid Association. Ville is trained as a rescuer and a nurse. With a background from various rescue-missions to international crisis management positions he is currently working as a paramedic in Lapland region. In his free time Ville often moves in nature throughout the year either by foot, on skis, on kayak or by bike. www.eraensiapu.fi

Teaching language of this course is Finnish and participants must have good understanding on spoken language. Training material provided will be in english. With it’s wide content the course covers commonly accepted EA-training required by many employers in Finland.

What’s included?

What’s included on the course price?

  • Wilderness First Aid Guide
  • SOAP Notebook;
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • Learning material in English
  • WFA First Aid Course – Certification. Valid for 3 years.



  • Travel expenses to Ivalo
  • Accommodation
  • Food

Please note

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures. Some of the drills are kept outside in nature so bring adequate clothing. 

What do I need to bring?

  • Rain gear
  • Clothing for outdoor use
  • Good shoes ( hiking shoes, rubber boots)
  • Notebook and pencil

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 21 days or less before the event

Booking in advance

Cut off: 3 weeks


2 days



Teaching in Finnish


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