Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness Medicine Course


Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017

Course Location


Target Audience

Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings


CME Information

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

8 hours of California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

Course Cost: $495

To Register, call Sierra Rescue at 1-800-208-2723
or register online

Join Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 West and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC (TWM) for a combined swift water rescue and wilderness medicine course on the South Fork American River.  This Saturday - Sunday course includes Rescue 3 International's swift water rescue certification for rafters, kayakers, canoeists, and other recreational river users.  

Our faculty has extensive expertise in backcountry travel, river travel, climbing, and medical education. The CME curriculum will inlcude case studies relevant to swift water rescue and wilderness river travel.  The CME is 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM and applicable to physician, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and paramedic continuing education. (Other Professionals: Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™).

CME Topics

  1. Introduction to Wilderness Medicine  
  2. Wilderness Patient Assessment
  3. Heat Related Illness
  4. Wound Management & Burns
  5. Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
  6. Bites, Stings, and Animal Attacks
  7. Cold Related Illness
  8. Wilderness Trauma - case based workshop on selected topics
    1. Dislocations and reductions
    2. Fracture management and splinting
    3. Evacuation and patient packaging
    4. Spinal assessment and immobilization
    5. Improvised wilderness care
    6. Improvised litters

Educational Objectives: After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
  • Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings