Online Class: Basic Wilderness Safety 101

This course provides you with the basic wilderness safety and survival skills needed for outdoor recreationists, as well as to those who are considering a career as a tour guide or other outdoor related fields.

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Course Description

This online course provides you with the basic wilderness safety and survival skills needed for outdoor recreationists, as well as to those who are considering a career as a tour guide or other outdoor related fields.  The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth beginner or entry-level education on wilderness safety and survival. It should not be a substitute for more in-depth training and certifications that you can take in-person and are available through national parks, the American Red Cross, and other organizations. 

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Pack essential gear needed for any trip into the wilderness
  • Select clothes and other gear, including shelter, to protect you from conditions in the environment
  • Recognize and treat environmental and altitude illnesses
  • Find and purify water for drinking
  • Find plants, berries, and bugs that are safe to eat
  • Hunt and fish for food
  • Prepare fish and game to eat
  • Navigate in the wilderness
  • Signal for help
  • And much more

Survival is possible in any climate or terrain – anywhere in the world – if you're prepared.   This course will teach you the basics of safety and survival so you are well prepared and know what to expect in worst-case scenarios before you take your next trip into the wilderness.  

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  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction to Wilderness Safety and Survival

This first lesson will introduce you to the realities of wilderness dangers and the required preparations. Additional lesson topics: The Several types of clouds you meet in the spring and summer; Wilderness and Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide; Survive and Thrive: A Pocket Guide to Wilderness Safety Skills 11 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this Course?
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Survival Essentials for the Wilderness

Let's start this lesson by looking at a more in-depth list of some items you may want to carry. Additional lesson topics: Make a plan; Build Your Own First Aid Kit, It Might Save Your Life; Survival Gear: Ultimate Survival Kit 10 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: essential_items_list.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Selecting the Right Gear

This lesson will focus on the type of gear you might need, as well as tips to help you select the gear appropriate for you. Additional lesson topics: Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools, and Equipment; Survival Shelters: Several Best Designs and How to Build Them; Backpack Shapes and Functions 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Health and Safety

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the steps to staying safe and surviving the wilderness. We will also begin to discuss keeping your mind and body healthy in a survival situation. Additional lesson topics: Wilderness Survival: Psychology of Survival; Several Wilderness Hygiene Tips For Feeling Fresh In The Backcountry; Staying Healthy in the Wilderness 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Treating Illness, Bites, and Stings in the Wilderness

The information you will get in this lesson will offer you a basic introduction and give you enough information to prepare you. However, it is not meant to serve as a replacement for medical skills taught to you by a professional in a first aid or CPR class. Additional lesson topics: Treating Bites and Insect Stings; Basic Life Support Protocol: Asthma; Treating a Snake Bite; This Cold Bug Is Bugging Me: How to Handle Flu-Like Illness In The Backcountry; Survival Skills: Several Wild Plants to Cure the Flu and Common Cold 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Traumatic Injuries and Environmental Illnesses

This lesson will focus on steps for treating life-threatening injuries. Additional lesson topics: Treating Common Wilderness Injuries; The Cure: Head Injuries; Wilderness First Aid Essentials: The Several Most Common Medical Issues That Every Hiker Should Know How to Treat; First Aid: Recognizing and Treating Shock 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Environmental Illnesses and Their Treatments

Just as it is important that you know how to treat a fractured bone or help someone in your group who may be having an asthma attack, it is just as important to be aware of environmental injuries and illnesses that can occur, as well as how to treat them. Additional lesson topics: Altitude Illness: Risk Factors, Prevention, Presentation, and Treatment; Heat exhaustion symptoms and treatment; Environmental Illness; Several Injuries Caused by Extremely Cold Weather 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Understanding the Importance of Your Clothing

This lesson will focus on understanding the climate factors that effect the body. Additional lesson topics: Survival Clothing; How to Pack For A Wilderness Backpacking Trip; Outdoor Clothing for the Wilderness Professional 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Procuring and Purifying Water

The focus of this lesson on the importance of hydration. Consuming enough water is important to our decision-making abilities, breathing, and nourishment. Additional lesson topics: Survival Skills: Several Ways to Purify Water; How to Find and Purify Drinking Water In The Wilderness; Choosing Appropriate Footwear for Wilderness Travel 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Food and Nourishment: Plants, Fruits, and Bugs

If you have access to plenty of water, you can then worry about making sure you have food and nourishment. This lesson will focus on the available food resources in the wild. Additional lesson topics: What is the universal edibility test?; Best Backpacking Food – simple and nutritious; Several Food Tips for Camping and Hiking; 52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Food and Nourishment: Crustaceans, Birds, and Fish

In addition to eating plants and bugs found in the wilderness, you can also catch, prepare, and eat fish, crustaceans, and birds. Additional lesson topics: Animals for Food; Several Fish You Should Never Eat + Safer Seafood Options; How to avoid toxic or poisonous non edible fish; The Nutrition of Clams; Crustaceans 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Food and Nourishment: Tracking and Acquiring Mammals

Mammals provide a source of meat. In a survival situation, they should be considered a great source of food and nourishment. Additional lesson topics: Which Wild Animals Are Safe to Eat in a Survival Situation?; Off-Grid Survival: How to Track Food in the Woods; Survival Hunting Tips; How to Build a Trap: Several Best Survival Traps 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Food and Nourishment: Preparing and Cooking Game

If you cannot stand the thought of skinning or butchering an animal at this point in time, this lesson may not be your favorite. Additional lesson topics: Preparation Of Fish and Game For Cooking and Storage; How to Field Dress an Animal; Wilderness Survival Cooking Skills; Skinning and Cleaning Animals; How to Skin an Animal 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Navigation

Navigation refers to your ability to get from one point to another. If you are at a lake in the middle of a wilderness, you need to be able to navigate your way to your next destination. Additional lesson topics: Wilderness Navigation; Wilderness Navigation Basics; Wilderness Navigation Techniques – Skills and Tools to Find Direction 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Signaling

Having the knowledge and tools to be able to signal for help is critical if you are ever in a survival situation. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what is meant by wilderness safety and why it is important to know.
  • Summarize survival essentials for the wilderness.
  • Describe selecting the right gear.
  • Summarize treating illness, bites, and stings in the wilderness.
  • Summarize traumatic injuries and environmental illnesses.
  • Recognize environmental illnesses and their treatments.
  • Identify importance of your clothing.
  • Describe techniques for procuring and purifying water and finding food and nourishment.
  • Summarize navigation techniques.
  • Summarize signaling techniques.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Basic Wilderness Safety 101
Course Number: 9770500
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: February 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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