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Wilderness First Responder

A few photos from our recent Wilderness First Responder (and refresher for those who have already done WFR) course run at Plas y Brenin. Delivered to a diverse group of individuals including delegates working in Antarctica, heading off to the Amazon to undertake field work, Ice Fields, to work for NGO’s in Africa, setting up NGO’s and adventure travel companies, solo trekking to the South Pole, outdoor instructors, working for U.K. Government agencies and more. Some are already in location overseas after training with us.

The course is at level E on the Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine Framework and Medical School accredited.

We also offer optional, additional Ofqual regulated certifications in emergency oxygen and pre hospital care at level D. All delegates also receive Penthrox certification.

The Remote Area Risk International difference is the quality of our instructors. When we say they are medics ... they are - we had a Paramedic instructor and an Anaesthetist (supported by subject matter experts in remote area law, risk management and also a Fire Brigade extrication trained and experienced lecturer). When we say they are remote area medics... they are. When we say they have extensive experience - they have ... operating AS medics in remote areas and academic quals to back it up. Everest, Jungles, Derserts, Diplomas in Mountain Medicine, qualifications in Travel Health and Expedition Medicine, Dive Medics, Hyperbaric Technician, extensive remote expedition experience including medical cover for expeds to the Poles, working for a year in the Antarctic, cave diver, Landrover G4 race medical and rescue cover and much more.

The credibility of real world, subject matter experience and specialist qualifications above their Health Care Professional qualifications - not just theory from a book.

An intensive course over 7 days. Pre course reading of two in depth manuals with self assessment questions. Some compulsory post course material and a volume of non compulsory post course CPD.

Delegates leave with backpack friendly manuals, evacuation guidelines and our wipe clean aide memoires.

Delegates cover a wide variety of subjects, taking them well above and beyond a 2 day outdoor first aid course and into the realms of the coveted, genuine, Wilderness First Responder.

Run in a Covid safe manner, with pre screening, social distancing, compulsory mask use, visors, gloves, long residual effect disinfectant, long residual effect sanitiser and massively upscaled kit, the delegates praised the precautions in post course feedback. We had worked extensively with our colleagues in senior PYB Management to review Covid arrangements , including several post lockdown site visits and developed our own covid specific course risk assessments to complement their own. The approach from PYB was incredibly professional, as you’d expect from them - with day to day support and overview from the very professional and helpful front of house, operational staff (thanks al !) and Chief Instructor, ensuring smooth running.

Delegate feedback:

‘Invaluable learning experience’

‘Really impressive knowledge but always focused on our level of understanding’

‘An intensive but really enjoyable week. My knowledge and confidence is so much stronger...’



‘I have done many 2 day outdoor first aid courses for my work and although I only book with first responders/mountain rescue, the course content is nowhere near the teaching on this course’.

We regularly receive excellent feedback from new clients who have undergone training in this sector for years - including with organisations we respect. We also value positive comparison with international organisations we respect:

‘Previously qualified with NOLS in the US. Both (NOLS and Remote Area Risk International) excellent with different approaches. (NOLS more ‘American’)’


‘Much more comprehensive than 2 day outdoor first aid courses. 2 day courses really not sufficient for outdoor professionals. WFR ... should be more widely encouraged.’


‘Very impressive. Couldn’t ask for more experience’


‘Very thorough and useful. Thank you !’

‘I’m naturally a very critical person. I like things correct. I simply cannot think of any improvements what so ever!!’

‘This course is on par with National Mountain Centre level standards - Glenmore Lodge, Rescue 3, Plas Y Brenin, Plas Menai. It is of that ‘ilk’ in standards and delivery’.

‘First class. Absolutely superb’

‘I have had a week with sector leaders’

‘Fantastic value for money’

‘Specialists in their field. Leaders in their field. Brilliant’

‘More professional, thorough and engaging than previous courses’

‘The wealth of information from the 3 of you and how it was delivered to us was second to none. Your different teaching styles complement each other’

‘Far better in every way (than previous courses)’

‘As good as it gets’

‘Extremely helpful and often fascinating’

‘Vast amount of experience put across in extremely professional delivery styles’

‘Excellent course, highly recommended’

‘Massive experience. No egos, just teaching’

Progression routes include our unique Prolonged Firld Care course and our remote area emphasis Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support courses.

In 2021...we will be running an additional, very thorough, progression route for those holding WFR ... launching soon ...

New dates soon !

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