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Wilderness Medical Training

Explorer Courses Overview

“WMT has set the standard by which wilderness first aid courses are judged”. Saturday Telegraph 14/1/12 – read the full article online.

WMT Explorer courses are aimed at laypeople – that’s anyone who is not a professional medic (like a doctor or nurse). We’ve trained hundreds of people embarking on incredible overseas adventures who need much more in-depth training than first aid courses offer. There are two levels of training: Far From Help and Advanced Medicine.

Far From Help – FFH is a comprehensive 2 day foundation course that covers injuries and illnesses and includes the use of prescription medications (antibiotics, pain killers and more).

Advanced Medicine – 4-day GOLD standard course is effectively a 2 module course (2 x 2 day courses FFH + FFH Part 2 – see below) which includes also include stapling wounds, giving injections and more.

To update or refresh your skills, only WMT alumni can attend Far From Help Part 2/Advanced Refresher within 2 years of completing either Far From Help or Advanced Medicine. Includes advanced training in invasive techniques such as stapling wounds and giving intra-muscular injections and more. This also revalidates your authorisation obtain prescription only medications (POMs) for a further 2 years.

Once annually WMT combines its expertise with Woodsmoke to offer the uniquely comprehensive 7-day Expedition Skills course including Far From Help, bush craft training, 4×4 driver training, bush mechanic tuition and navigation/GPS training.

Run only on demand for private groups
Emergency Medicine for Hostile Environments is 3 days long and covers a lot of the Advanced Medicine content including invasive training and there’s more emphasis on the control of bleeding and trauma management.

You should consider WMT training if you are venturing to remote areas outside of the UK where medical help is limited or non-existent and you need to be medically self sufficient. People from many diverse backgrounds attend our courses including teachers, expedition leaders, climbers, yachtsmen, aid workers, overland drivers, field researchers, film crews/media people, solo travellers, military personnel, close protection officers and many more.

Authorisation to obtain prescription medicines
Authorisation to obtain prescription medications for 2 years is included in all Explorer courses.

Course dates & fees
Click on a course link for dates and fees or see all course dates at a glance.

Pre-requisites to attend
No prior first aid training is required for all courses except FFH Part 2/Advanced Refresher which requires prior WMT training to be eligible.

Nurses, medical students, paramedics, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals are welcome to attend Explorer courses. Please see this ADVICE page to help you decide which course to attend. Explorer courses are not suitable for qualified doctors.