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First Aid Classes


Grand Canyon River Guides has always been dedicated to providing top-notch Wilderness First Responder and WFR recert classes that are tailored specifically to the challenges of the Grand Canyon environment.  Thankfully, Drs. Tom Myers and Michelle Grua stepped up to the plate, and with their wealth of Grand Canyon experience, they formed Desert Medicine Institute which offers outstanding and highly affordable first aid classes to the guiding community.


We have compiled a list of first aid classes offered by a range of reputable providers, because we know how challenging it is fit things into your schedule.  New classes are being added all the time, so make sure to check the provider’s websites, or contact them directly for more information.


First Aid Courses (Fall 2016 through 2017)

Note: all courses below will be held in Flagstaff, AZ or in Northern AZ.  Check the websites of the providers for course details and sign up info. Refer to the provider list below for options in other areas.  We will add more classes as they are scheduled, so check back. 


Wilderness First Responder Courses




January 3- 12, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


February 18-26, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


March 11-19, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


April 1 - 9, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


May 16-25, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.









WFR Recertification Courses




November 13-15, 2016

Flagstaff Field Inst.


February 17-19, 2017



March 3-5, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.

$315 (in Prescott)

March 17-19, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


April 7-9, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst


April 21-23, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.


June 3-5, 2017

Flagstaff Field Inst.












Wilderness First Responder Recertification Class*

*If you're already signed up and need to pay your balance, you can do so here. Thanks.

Canyon and River Medicine (WFR Recert), Sponsored by GCRG and DMI

Instructors: Dr. Tom Myers and Marc Yeston

Dates: February 17-19, 2017 (location - AZRA warehouse in Flagstaff)

Time: 8:00 AM to 5 PM on the first two days, and 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the last day. CPR portion will be the AM of the first day.

Note: This is the same weekend as the Whale Foundation Wing Ding (Feb 18th) so you can get your WFR recert and have fun at the same time!





Wilderness First Responder Provider List


Desert Medicine Institute, sponsored by Grand Canyon River Guides, Inc.

Taught by: Dr. Tom Myers and Marc Yeston

Contact: Lynn Hamilton at GCRG

Email: gcrg@infomagic.net

Note: DMI courses are specifically tailored to the Grand Canyon environment

Checks can be made out to GCRG and mailed to PO Box 1934, Flagstaff, AZ  86002 or sign up online.


Desert Mountain Medicine

Contact: Nadia Kimmel, (406) 579-7070

Email: info@desertmountainmedicine.com

Website: www.desertmountainmedicine.com

Note: DMM typically holds courses in a variety of western states such as ID, UT, WY, MT, CO, CA and AK


Flagstaff Field Institute - certification through WMI of NOLS

Contact: Pete Walka for courses in Flagstaff at (928) 890-7199.

Email: pete_walka@nols.edu

Website: www.FlagstaffFieldInstitute.com

Note: WMI courses provide a 2-year WFR certification, and 2-year adult CPR certification


Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) - certification through WMI of NOLS

Contact: 1(866) 471-4435 to sign up

Website: https://www.grandcanyon.org/learn/grand-canyon-field-institute

Note: WMI courses provide a 2-year WFR certification, and 2-year adult CPR certification

Note: WMI provides the instruction, and GCFI provides the venue, free camping, discounted lodging, and park entrance fee waiver.


Northern Arizona University (NAU Outdoors)

Contact: (928) 523-3229

Website: http://nau.edu/Campus-Recreation/Outdoors/Trips-Classes-Offered/

Note: non-students can take courses from NAU Outdoors but the cost is 20% more than what appears on their website. Non-students should contact NAU Outdoors by phone to sign up.


Remote Rescue (wilderness medicine courses and swiftwater rescue classes)

Contact: Shoshanna Jensen Sack, (970) 764-7199

Email: remoterescue@yahoo.com

Website: www.remoterescuemed.com

Note: Remote Rescue courses include Heath Care Provider CPR from the American Heart Association, and Remote Rescue accepts cards from most companies with no problem.  Remote Rescue also holds classes in AZ and CO


Sierra Rescue (wilderness medicine courses and swiftwater rescue classes)

Contact: Julie Munger, (800) 208-2723

Email: info@sierrarescue.com or julie@sierrarescue.com

Website: www.sierrarescue.com

Note: Sierra Rescue has courses in CA, AZ, and WA


Wilderness Medical Associates

Contact: (888)-WILDMED

Email: office@wildmed.com

Website: www.wildmed.com


Wilderness Medicine Insitute (WMI of NOLS)

Contact: 1(800) 710-NOLS for courses throughout the US

Website: www.nols.edu/wmi

Note: WMI courses provide a 2-year WFR certification, and 2-year adult CPR certification


Wilderness Medicine Training Center

Contact: Paul Nicolazzo (509) 996-2502

Email: office@wildmedcenter.com

Website: www.wildmedcenter.com