Southwest Rescue Courses

Wilderness First Responder – Standard – Mazama, WA – 06/29/2020

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Wilderness First Responder – Standard
Mazama, WA • June 29, 2020


$700 due upon registration
Course starts Jun 29, 2020

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Full Dates: June 29, 2020 – July 7, 2020
Duration: 9 days
Price: $700

This course is sponsored by Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) and is part of its 50-day Northwest Instructor Development course. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and pets are prohibited.

Course Description

The WMTC standard 9-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of outdoor professionals, those who embark on multi-day personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides.

The course includes WMTC Adult and Child CPR and AED certification.

We recommend taking the full WFR every six years.

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Location and Logistics

North Cascade Heli
31 Early Winters Dr
Mazama, WA 98833
United States

The North Cascades Heli-Ski Barn is located near the Freestone Inn in Mazama, WA. From Winthrop, follow the signs to Mazama on SR-20. The Freestone Inn is located 1.5 miles west of the Mazama Junction. The heli-barn is located on the cabin loop, just past the Inn proper. Parking is free at the Heli-Ski barn.

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Lead Instructor

Aaron Ball

Aaron Ball is Southwest Rescue’s owner and lead instructor. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years as a guide, instructor, trainer, and supervisor.  Aaron is a Rescue 3 International instructor trainer, a Wilderness Medicine Training Center senior instructor, and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education professional and recreational avalanche instructor, course leader, and instructor trainer. Additionally, Aaron is a faculty member in Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education Department and a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides.

Aaron sits on several committees and boards including the Open Sky Wilderness’s risk management committee and the board of directors for the Friends of the San Juans.  He has given numerous talks at national and regional conferences including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) annual conference, and Association for Experiential Education (AEE) regional conferences.  Aaron has a Master’s Degree in adventure education with a specific emphasis on risk management.