Wilderness Medicine

The Stanford Wilderness Institute of Medicine provides practical hands-on medical training that results in Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid and/or CPR certification. We provide learning opportunities for patient assessment and thinking methodology for outdoor leaders, service organizers, recreational outdoors enthusiasts, and generally interested people who work and play in remote outdoor environments.

Interested in being notified of new course announcements and special events associated with continuing education and your wilderness medicine skills (workshops, classes, trainings, lectures, etc)?  Join the swim-interest list on mailman.stanford.edu

Participants are expected to show up on time for classes and stay for the duration. Certifications are not guaranteed unless participants are present for the entirety of the class, participate, and apply learning to real-life scenarios.


Interested in instructing Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or CPR for Stanford Wilderness Medicine (SWiM)?  We are always looking for vibrant, informed, and interested instructors.  Don't hesitate to contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu if you have advanced experience in wilderness medicine (hold a current WFR certification or WEMT and CPR, and have experience in the wilderness), or just want to get involved!


Stanford Wilderness Medicine FAQ’s

Where will my course take place?
Courses take place in the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center at 285 Santa Teresa St, Stanford, CA 94305 either in room 208B (which you can access from the outside of the building), or in Room 103B (which is downstairs, and requires your SUID card for entrance into building). Check the course's *notes*  in explorecourses for location details.

I have already received some training in WFA and/or CPR. Do I need to be present for the entire course?

Yep. In order to get a certification, participation and engagement in practical skills is necessary. For some courses, there is a written test. Plan on 100% attendance and participation.

To whom should I direct further questions?
Please contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.

I would like to teach (CPR or WFA) and/or get more involved with SWiM!
Great! Please contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu for more information.


Please direct questions to swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.