Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine Training

Welcome to the course page for all of the Wilderness Medical Associates courses hosted by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.  Information about each course offering can be found below. If you have questions, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section, below or get in touch with HIOBS Operations Director Tim Barker.

Wilderness First Responder (8-Days)



Open Recertification: Wilderness First Responder/ Advanced Wilderness First Aid/ Wilderness EMS 

October 1-3, 2021

HIOBS Wheeler Bay Base Camp

Spruce Head, ME

Tuition: $375/person

HIOBS employees: $250 

Tuition includes a cabin bunk or tent site plus meals from Lunch on Day 1 thru Lunch on Day 3

To Register, two steps:

  1. Click here to register your personal information.
  2. Click here to submit your tuition deposit. Under COURSE NUMBER write "HWE3-113".

Your deposit payment secures your application. Please note that the Tuition Protection Plan does NOT apply to this program.


Wilderness Medicine FAQ's

Who is teaching my Wilderness Medicine course?

Newry Courses:  Robin Nesbeda: https://www.wildmed.com/instructor/robin-nesbeda/

Spruce Head Course:  Jon Tierney:  https://www.wildmed.com/instructor/jon-tierney/

Is food being served?

Yes – food, snacks, and hot drinks will be provided for all courses hosted by HIOBS.  Food will be available from Lunch on Day One thru Lunch on the last day of your course.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

In most cases, yes.  Please make note of them when registering for the course and we will follow up with you if we have any specific questions.  If you have a very restrictive diet it is recommended that you bring some snacks and extra food for supplementary purposes.

Is the price the same even if I am sleeping off-site?


How will I know where I am sleeping?

When you arrive, you will find sleeping locations and accommodations at the main building in both locations.  Spaces in the cabins are limited to those who register early for the course.  At this time, we are only booking one person in each cabin in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 during this course.

Can I arrive the night before the course start?

Yes – in some cases we can accommodate those that are traveling from a great distance to attend the course.  Email tbarker @ hiobs.org for approval.

How will the instructors be mitigating the risk of COVID-19 while teaching?

This course will be held outside and will be taught with masking and distancing practices in place.  In addition, scenarios and hands on partner practice will be altered to limit exposure.  All participants should arrive with enough face masks to last for the length of the course.  Hand soap, hand sanitizer, and 3-ply surgical masks will be available on site.

I am traveling to Maine from out of state, what do I need to do to be in compliance for this course?

Courses hosted by HIOBS will follow the entering and exiting guidelines that have been set by the State of Maine.  Please check them periodically as they may change.  For the most up to date resources on the requirements for those entering the state, please follow this link:


Is there pre-course work?

Open Recertification: It is recommended that students complete the Recertification Study Guide prior to arriving to course. To complete the study guide, students will need a copy of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine.  If you no longer have a copy, or achieved your current certification from another organization, use the electronic version of the textbook on Moodle.

After completing the study guide, students should take the recertification practice exam before the course start date.  In addition, it would be beneficial to complete the forms and infection control module on the WMAI Moodle site.

Wilderness First Responder: The Wilderness First Responder Course does not have any pre-course work assignments.  Please arrive well rested and ready for long, challenging days.

What is the cancellation policy?

HIOBS will refund your course tuition in full up to 30 days before the course start.  Outside of that, refunds will only be made if we are able to find someone to fill your spot on the course.

I have more questions that have not been answered?

That’s cool – email Tim Barker – tbarker @ hiobs.org

If you have further questions, please get in touch with:

Tim Barker
207-323-1702 (M – F)
tbarker @ hiobs.org

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