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Girl Hiking in Nature

Make first aid training your #1 piece of gear.

It's never fun to think about the bad things that can happen when you're going farther, playing harder, and having fun. But, you're not naive. 

You know that injury and illness can pop up at the worst times... and in the worst places. Do you know how to help—especially when rescue isn't readily available?

Our wilderness medicine courses train you to confidently recognize medical problems, decide if they're serious or not, and make a solid plan to take care of yourself and your friends.... no matter where you play.

Interested in hosting a course?

We can come to you.

Upcoming Courses

Select a course below to learn more or sign up.

katie teaching a wfr at holiday river expeditions
Hi, I'm Katie, founder and lead instructor for Barefoot Wild Med.

​My teaching journey with Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMAI) began in 2014 and I started Barefoot Wild Med as a WMAI Licensed Training Company in fall 2020. As such, I'm authorized to teach WMAI's wilderness medicine curriculum and certify students under their name. That means, when you graduate from one of my courses, your cert comes from WMA but you are supporting my small business at the same time! I'm an educator and lover of learning new things, licensed health care provider (athletic trainer, WEMT, ski patroller), and outdoor enthusiast (primarily boating, hiking, camping, biking & skiing). My career in wilderness medicine began at Massanutten Resort (woot, woot) outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia as a ski patroller in 2006. Since then, I've applied my personality, knowledge, and skills to other fun challenges like white water raft guiding, volunteer search and rescuing, assistant professor-ing, and as an athletic trainer in various settings. I love school and, along with a BS in Athletic Training from James Madison University (go Dukes), earned a MS in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology, both from the University of Utah. Teaching is my passion and I'm proud to share the WMA wilderness medicine curriculum with you. I am so incredibly grateful to be able to combine my multiple interests into a fulfilling career. I'm so glad you've found Barefoot Wild Med, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you!

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