Wilderness EMT (WEMT)

Course Objective

To train the candidates in advanced expedition first aid and rescue skills. Covering the DOT EMT-B syllabus with an emphasis on wilderness, expedition and high altitude medicine.

Aimed At

Mountain guides, expedition leaders, raft guides, mountain rescue/safety teams, remote workers, NGO's, first aid trainers and other rescue groups.


Ideally you will have a background in the outdoors and ropework, with previous first aid training.

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Duration: 2 month

Phase 1: Pre-course reading and online learning (3+ months)

Phase 2: EMT practicals (2 weeks)

Phase 3: Rescue technician training (2 weeks)

Phase 4: 2 day teaching and presentation skills

Phase 5: 7 days remote clinic placement. Longer placements are possible.

This course is delivered by a mix of Expedition Doctors, Dentists, Mountain Guides, Paramedics, helicopter rescue personel, pilots and Remote medical practitioners.

This course is approved by the wilderness medical society, Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal and accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine (BWLS)

You can also arrange your own clinical placement at home for a shorter course. However you need to complete your placement in order to register with AREMT.

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After completing this course and having logged experience candidates may progress on to an Advanced wilderness life support course (AWLS), EMT-I, EMT-P or Remote Medical Practitioner course.




Courses run once a year, from our base in Nepal in August.

An intensive 35 days

This course costs £2,000

Certifications this course leads to:

  • Certification/registration with AREMT as a WEMT-B
  • ECSI, ASHI and TRECS endorsed wilderness upgrades.
  • Technical rope rescue (wilderness endorsement)(own nfpa/defra compliant course with external assessment)
  • Swift water technician (own nfpa compliant course with external assessment)
  • Wilderness search and rescue technician.
  • The Expedition Company outdoor first aid instructor certificate*
  • PTTLS (trainer)????
  • AED provider cert.
  • Basic wilderness life support (BWLS) or advanced??
  • AHA CPR cert or ASHI
  • ECSI Health Care Provider CPR
  • ECSI Oxygen administration
  • ECSI bloodborne and airborne pathogens
  • ECSI sports first aid and injury prevention????
  • NSP Avalanche awareness and rescue course
  • NSP OEC Challenge course
  • Glacier safety course (NSP??)
  • Helicopter rescue awareness/technician cert?
  • University certificate in remote rescue?
  • Qualsafe awards e.g. Fire safety, food hygiene and manual handling.
  • 1/2 day expedition dental training.


Possible Add ons:

Everest Base camp trek

We can deliver this course for you anywhere in the world. Contact us to organise a bespoke course near you.

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*On completion of this course you will be able to assist/run under supervision our outdoor first aid courses and short course/add-ons in high altitude and expedition first aid. You must first successfully run a supervised course and get endorsed by the instructor to enable instructor status.