Frequently asked Questions
Is Barefoot Wild Med the same thing as Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA)?
Who is my instructor?
Katie Woods is currently the primary instructor for WAFA, WAFA to WFR Bridge, and WFR/WFR Recert courses. WFA courses may be taught by other WMAI certified instructors based on location.
You can learn more about Katie and Barefoot Wild Med here.
Not quite: Barefoot Wild Med is a Licensed Training Company for Wilderness Medical Associates International. A WMAI LTC is an independent company, owned by excellent WMAI certified instructors, licensed to teach WMAI curriculum.
Katie has been a WMAI instructor since 2014. When you take a course with Barefoot Wild Med, you'll be taught the first-class WMAI curriculum, as well as receive a certification card from WMA.
What kind of payment do you accept?
Currently, Barefoot Wild Med accepts payments via Venmo, Paypal, and cash, check, or money order. We hope to set up the system for credit card payments soon. Please be aware that 3rd party payments may incur fees of up to 3% on top of the normal course rate.
How long will my wilderness medicine certification last?
All wilderness medicine certificates are valid for three years.
Be aware that although a minimum of epinephrine administration and Adult CPR are included with each certification, some places ask that you recertify these specific skills every 1 years or 2 years, respectively.
What technology is required for a Hybrid WFR or Hybrid WFR Recert course?
High speed Internet Access
A computer with:
a PDF Reader
Internet Browser (latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge). Note- the system is NOT compatible with Safari.
What should I bring to the course?
How will I be evaluated during the course?
100% attendance is required for all courses—that means being present with body AND mind.
Evaluation methods will include in and out of class assessments and quizzes. You will be expected to demonstrate proficiency with practical skills. In short, it's much more important that you are able to transfer what you've learned to quality patient care than for us to see you get a high grade on a test.
Barefoot Wild Med is committed to making reasonable accommodations to any student with special needs.
At a minimum, you'll want to bring water, snacks, and clothing/footwear appropriate to the weather during your course. You are also welcome to bring your personal med kit or other types of gear that you typically use in the outdoors. It's not necessary to go out and buy a lot of things for this course. In fact, sometimes "throwaway" type clothing works best because it might get dirty. We will not ruin your good gear.
Your instructor will let you know if there's anything special you should bring with you.