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Muir-Walker Medics

Outdoor Emergency Care Training is a project of the Muir-Walker Medics Co-operative Limited – a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Financial Services Authority
(Reg. No. 29894R).


South Downs National Park and on-site worldwide



While WFR module 3 introduces new skills such as the use of Automatic External Defibrillation, the main emphasis is on using scenario based training and assessment to hone skills and build confidence. Applying a Slishman Splint for Femoral Traction during scenarios

24-25-26th July 2015 Module III - YHA South Downs

25-26th July 2015

WFR Refresher

YHA South Downs


All WFR Modules (I, II and III).

Module I: Any  open WFA  course at any of our venues.

Module II: Remote Care, YHA South Downs, 6-7th June 2015

Module III: 24-25-26th July 2015 YHA South Downs.


(10% combined module booking discount)

Module I course date choice

This course is run in two formats- modular or week long.

Modular: Our open programme course is run over three weekend modules, totaling 68 hours contact time and a minimum of 20 hours home study. Students can progress through each weekend module gaining certification as they go - firstly Wilderness First Aid , followed by Remote Care and finally Wilderness First Responder III.

Single Block: Alternatively, if you want to book in-house training for your organisation, we provide this training as an intensive week long course (7 days) with some pre-course home study. Contact our training team to discuss how we can help. Tel: 0845 2235439 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Course outline

For those involved in outdoor leadership, Wilderness First Responder is the global standard for emergency care in remote locations. WFR covers a wide range of topics set out in recommendations by the Wilderness Medical Society.

The general educational objectives of WFR courses are to "instruct students in:

  • the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology;
  • prevention, recognition, and management of injuries and illnesses in the wilderness;
  • the causes, recognition, and management of unique wilderness illnesses and injuries not typically seen in an urban environment;
  • extended care in the wilderness environment;
  • the principles of wilderness survival, SAR [Search And Rescue], packaging, and transportation; and
  • the contents of wilderness emergency care kits and improvisation of emergency equipment and supplies." (Wilderness First Responder: Recommended Minimum Course Topics, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 10, 13-19 (1999) )

Module 3 builds on the knowledge and skills in wilderness care attained throughout the previous 36 hours of training in Modules 1 & 2. While Module 3 does introduce new skills and knowledge, the main emphasis is on using scenario based training and assessment to hone skills and build confidence. The majority of the course is spent outdoors in the woods, valleys and hills surrounding YHA South Downs.

Course Times:
  • Friday: Daytime sessions - 9am-7pm
    Dinner 7-8pm, Evening session 8-10pm
  • Saturday: Daytime sessions - 9am-7pm
    Dinner 7-8pm, Evening session 8-9.30pm
  • Sunday: Daytime sessions - 9am-6.30pm


As well as refreshing, practicing and systemizing techniques initially encountered in Modules 1 & 2 the weekend also brings new skills and knowledge. Some highlights include:

  • Automatic External Defibrillation
  • Advanced litter construction
  • Airway adjuncts and Bag-Valve Mask in Basic Life Support
  • Management of Psychological & Behavioral Emergencies in Remote areas
  • Bivouac Skills
  • Femoral Traction Devices
  • Dental Problems
  • Search Methods

Entry requirements

Our 7 day in-house courses are entry level, but to achieve Wilderness First Responder certification through our open programme participants need to attend all three weekend modules. A reasonable level of physical fitness is needed to complete Module 3, along with basic navigation skills and the ability to complete some guided home study.

Course manuals, certification and assessment                                                           wfrbook

All successful students receive a Wilderness First Responder certificate valid for three years as well AED/BLS certification.

Participants receive three main course texts as they progress through the modules. WFR Module 1 (Wilderness First Aid) uses the 256 page 'Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine, as does WFR Module 2 (Remote Care) along with our 'Remote Care: Patient Assessment & Advanced Skills' handbook. WFR Module 3 brings in new elements thanks to Buck Tilton's classic 'Wilderness First Responder' manual.

Attainment of Module 1 and 2 are achieved by passing multiple choice papers and on-going assessment by course instructors. Module 3 includes a further two written papers, hands-on scenario based assessments, an assessed case study as well as on-going assessment by course staff.

Venue, Accommodation and Meals

This course is held in and around YHA South Downs. The location is a refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn outbuildings opened in 2013. The hostel is a 5 minute stroll along a country lane from Southease Railway station, less than 25mins on the train from Brighton and only an hour and a half in total from the centre of London. The hostel is an ideal base for exploring the South Downs where walkers and cyclists alike will find plenty of footpaths and bridleways to explore. Why not come a day early, experience the local area and stay an extra night.

Our course costs are not residential.

Accommodation is available at YHA South Downs, but needs to be booked in advance. Dorm beds from £18 per night, private rooms from £29 per night,  3/4 person camping pods from £44.50 per night and camping from £11 per night. Alternatively, we can provide you a local accommodation list.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and packed lunches are available from the hostel or you can use one of the self-catering kitchens. You will need to bring or buy a packed lunch for day two as you will be out on the Downs.









Last Updated (Monday, 29 December 2014 09:57)


Upcoming Courses 

February 2015

Wilderness First Aid
YHA South Downs (Sussex)

28th-1st March
Wilderness First Aid
Holland Park Ecology Centre (London)


May 2015

Wilderness First Aid
YHA South Downs (Sussex)


June 2015

Remote Care (Advanced)
YHA South Downs (Sussex)

July 2015

Wilderness First Aid
Holland Park Ecology Centre (London) 


Wilderness First Responder Module III 
YHA South Downs (Sussex)

Wilderness First Responder Refresher
YHA South Downs (Sussex) 


October 2015

31-1st November
Wilderness First Aid
Holland Park Ecology Centre (London)


December 2015

Wilderness First Aid
YHA South Downs (Sussex)