Medical Courses at Initiative Outdoor

I.O.’s First Aid courses are suitable for both professional outdoor instructors and individuals wanting to be able to look after their friends in the outdoors. These courses are comprehensive, effective, and equip you with the knowledge and tools to enjoy the outdoors fully and safely. All our courses can be run on a residential (transport, food and accommodation provided) or non-residential (tea, coffee and snacks only) basis. They include internationally recognised certifications by SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine based in New Hampshire, USA and CPR certification by the American Heart Association. All courses include a course manual, certification, professional instruction plus all the equipment necessary to participate in the life-like training scenarios.

Wilderness First Aid (3 days)
Cost: Rs 13,000 Exc. 13% Vat
This course is designed for any individual interested in the basics of providing emergency care, and can be applied to both urban and wilderness situations.
The outdoors environment nearly always means that a casualty is attended to for a longer time scale without emergency facilities than is typical in an urban setting. The WFA focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries and Medical Emergencies. All of our outdoor first aid courses look at how to manage these remote outdoor situations and the patient appropriately.


Advanced Wilderness First Aid (5 days)
Cost: Rs 15,500 Exc Vat
The longer course is appropriate for group leaders, outdoor professionals and the outdoor enthusiast who may be away from immediate medical help for more than a day.
The Advanced Wilderness First Aid course builds on the WFA going into greater depth on the basic first aid subjects, emphasizes leadership skills, and presents new skills such as building improvised litters and litter carrying. As the course is also quite short, you will gain the maximum benefit from it if you are already familiar with basic first aid concepts and practices. On previous courses you will most likely have learned reactive first aid; on this advanced course you will learn to make proactive decisions among other skills.



Wilderness First Responder (9 days)
Cost: Rs 55,000 Exc. 13% Vat
The Wilderness First Responder is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. It covers the same topics as the WFA and AWFA but the WFR does so far more extensively, introduces additional conditions and their treatment and there is much more time for hands-on practice. This course is typically the entry level requirement for working in the outdoors industry abroad.



Earthquake First Aid
Cost: Rs 9,000 Exc. 13% Vat

By a special request, we have put together a customized first aid course to deal with the most likely issues arising from an earthquake situation. The different topics that will be taught include CPR for adults and children, the Primary and Secondary Assessment Systems, shock, fractures & splinting, soft tissue injuries and bandaging, spine and head injuries, and burns. It is not necessary to attend all of the days if you have personal commitments, it will be possible to join in the future course subject to space being available. If you would like to run a dedicated course similar to this for your group, please contact our office with your requirements and we will be happy to facilitate you.