First Aid & CPR


This course is designed to teach students the basics of care and treatment of injured individuals in a wilderness context. Upon completion, the student earns a Wilderness First Aid and CPR card.

When & Where

Current Cal-ESAR Candidates and Members: Please log in to the Member Portal for schedule and location details

Skills emphasized

  • Rescuer safety

  • Universal precautions

  • Scene assessment & management

  • Primary survey

  • CPR

  • Care and treatment of closed and open wounds

  • Fractures & splinting

  • Heat & environmental emergencies

  • Shock

  • Transport of the injured


Q: I have a schedule conflict and cannot make the course listed on training calendar, what do I do?

A: You are free to take any qualifying course at your convenience. A description of what courses qualify is described here.

Q: I already have my certification. Is there a recertification option? Can I test out?

A: Contact the Training Director for options

Q: I am a physician/medic/paramedic/EMT/etc. Must I take Wilderness First Aid /CPR?

A: No. If you have equivalent or higher medical certification scan your Certificate as a PDF, name it "Last Name-First Name-First Aid Cert" and send the file to

Q: When must I complete my CPR/1st Aid class?

A: You need your certificates before our OES swear-in.