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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

2-Day Certification Class

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Get a nationally recognized WFA certification and be prepared when things go sideways.

  • September 15–16
  • November 10–11

The Class is fun with lots of hands-on skills practice. The emphasis is on making good decisions by staying calm and safe, doing a good patient assessment, and having good communication and leadership.

In addition to a half day of outdoor scenario practice of first aid and leadership skills, this class focuses on practicing skills and covering: patient assessment, shock and bleeding, head and spinal injuries, wounds, musculoskeletal injuries, heat and cold illnesses and much more. Gain some good tools and knowledge to handle a wilderness first aid emergency.

Delicious Noah's coffee, bagels, and fruit breakfast and lunch INCLUDED!  Drinks and snacks also provided throughout the day. 

Successful completion of class includes a 3 year Wilderness First Aid certificate.


Course Topics

  • Scene Safety
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Life Threatening Bleeding and Shock
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Recovery Position & Lifts
  • Burns
  • Wound Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Unconscious Victims
  • Abdominal Illnesses & Injuries
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Snake Bites
  • Leadership
  • Evacuations

Where is the course held?

At our Presidio store (Big Room) on Saturday and Sunday from 8AM - 5:30PM each day.  There is a 1 hour lunch break.  Breakfast and lunch is provided. 

Please be prepared for doing regular demonstrations and scenarios outside.  Wear clothing that is durable, with sturdy footwear, that you won't mind getting dirty.  Also, be prepared to be the sun and/or cold, depending on forecast.  Conditions by the bay can vary throughout the day, so prepared for any conditions. 

Who is the WFA for?

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. This 2 day WFA course can also be used as a WFR re-certification (Please contact for more information about the WFR Recert option).

Do I get certified?

Yes. You will receive a 3 years WFA certification from Foster Calm or 2 year certification from SOLO. If a card is needed for a National Boy Scout Camp, please contact Foster Calm for more details.

All participants must be at least 16-years-old


Our Instructors:

Bobbie Foster, W-EMT-B

Bobbie has been involved in outdoor recreation education since 1987. At the University of California at San Francisco Medical School outdoor program “Outdoors Unlimited”, she started out washing sleeping bags and worked her way up to Assistant Director (risk management and budgets). She enjoyed instructing white water canoeing and cross-country skiing, but in 1994 she discovered that her true passion was teaching first aid.

In 2001 she started Foster Calm with the help of Foster Atwood. Her classes are thorough, but also fun with a primary focus on teaching not only how to provide first aid, but how to prevent the injuries that require assistance in the first place. Bobbie’s attention to detail and organizational skills are legendary. For her teaching first aid is more than a career: it is a labor of love that is her way of giving back to her community.

Bobbie has been current as a Wilderness First Responder since 1987 and as an EMT since 1999. She has been teaching wilderness first aid classes since 1994.

John Dreesman, WFR & EMT

John Dreesman has been an outdoor enthusiast his whole life. With that, he knows of the necessity to be safe while having fun outside. John first took a Wilderness First Responder class in order to be safe while out with friends. There, he gained the passion for outdoor medicine and medicine in general. John then took an EMT class in 2008 to further his knowledge. He then first had the opportunity to teach CPR classes in 2014. He then started teaching Wilderness First Aid classes in 2016. In his classes his focus is to give people the tools and confidence to start their own adventures outside. He teaches how to treat a number of illnesses and injuries, and more so teaches how to prevent them in the first place. John is also one of the lead outdoor guides for Sports Basement, taking people out backpacking, snow camping, rock climbing and cycling. John currently works full time as an EMT in San Francisco while also working towards his Nursing degree.

John has been Wilderness First Responder certified since 2007 and EMT certified since 2008.