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WFR and WEMT Recertification – Hybrid Part 2 – Durango, CO – 04/24/2021

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WFR and WEMT Recertification – Hybrid Part 2
Rotary Park in Durango, CO • April 24, 2021


$215 due upon registration
Course starts Apr 24, 2021

Sorry, this course is no longer available for registration. Please visit the course schedule to view available courses.

Full Dates: April 24, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Duration: 2 days
Price: $215

This is the Part 2 of a two part course. Before registering for this course, students must complete Part 1 of WMTC’s WFR & WEMT Recertification curriculum. Click here to access information about WMTC’s hybrid course model and how to begin working on the WFR & WEMT Recertification curriculum.

Due to COVID-19, many precautions will be employed to reduce risk of transmitting the disease during this course. Please reference WMTC’s COVID guidelines found here.

Please reach out to Southwest Rescue to learn more about this course.

Course Description

This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. WMTC certifications remain valid for a maximum of three years with no grace period, although WFR and WEMT graduates are encouraged to attend on a yearly basis to maintain and polish their skills. 

WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification course consists of two Parts. One must complete the Part 1 Independent Study portion before attending the Part 2 Practical Session with Southwest Rescue, and both must be completed within a year to receive certification. Part 1 of the WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification will require an estimated 15+ hours of independent studying and testing, and registration is completely facilitated through WMTC. Click here to enroll in WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification Part 1. If you are wondering if a hybrid course is for you, check out this WMTC blog post.  Also, check out WMTC’s hybrid Wilderness EMT Upgrade course website to see if this course is for you before registering.

Southwest Rescue sponsors and teaches Part 2 of WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification. Part 2 of WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification is two (2) days long, and requires that Part 1 is completed. Registration with Southwest Rescue for WMTC’s Hybrid WFR and WEMT Recertification is only for Part 2.

WMTC Adult & Child WCPR/AED certification is included in this course.

Graduates who are currently certified (or within their grace period) by WMTC approved wilderness medicine school may recertify with this course. Click here for a list of currently approved providers. Please contact Southwest Rescue with any questions. If your certification is through a wilderness medicine school NOT on the list of approved providers, you may be able to appeal to WMTC directly.

Individuals may also recertify their WFR or WEMT by taking our Wilderness First Aid course and passing an online recertification exam.

Location and Logistics

Rotary Park
1555 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301
United States

This park has lots of open space and quick access to the Animas River. An open walled gazebo provides shelter from rain and snow, but people should be prepared for all weather conditions.

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.