What are the lodging options?

You can find options for lodging in the Mammoth Lakes area on our Food/Lodging Info page.

Can I have the contact info for other students in the course to coordinate lodging?

It is important to us to keep student’s information private. Once enrolled in the course, you will be given access to the online learning management system, which includes a discussion page where students may coordinate logistics with each other.

Are there scholarships or discounts available?

Our scholarship program is utilized for two non-profit organizations we work with in the Eastern Sierra. Our instructors donate their time to teach courses for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) and Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (ESCC). BLE also waives all overhead expenses for these trainings. In addition, BLE offers 1-2 Wilderness First Aid courses in June donating public tuition to ESCC’s training budget with the goal of paying for their members’ training in its entirety. If you would like to help with this effort consider making a donation in the following ways:

We are happy to work with those that want to take a course, but have limited funds. Please email us at (replace “at” with @) about our payment plan option.

How many spots are left on the course?

You can find the answer on our website. Click on the course you are interested in signing up for and select a course date in the drop down menu. Under the price you will see # left in stock. That is the total number of spaces remaining in the course. Maximum student numbers for our course types are as follows:

  • Hybrid Wilderness Medicine Courses = 24 Students
  • All other courses = 30 Students

How do I sign up?

Signing up online is easiest. To sign up, select the course and course date option you wish to sign up for. Fill out the form and follow the instructions. Once this is complete, please save a copy of the receipt. We will send more registration information once payment is received.

If you wish to sign up over the phone send us an email or give us a call.

Please note that in the summer months (June-September) our staff is instructing courses and guiding in the backcountry. Communication is more sporadic during these times.

When is the registration deadline for your courses?

Hybrid Courses

2 weeks prior to the start date. This allows time to get the online course work done. Please note, however, that waiting until the last minute to sign up will only give students 1 week to complete the online course work (up to 40+ hours), which is typically due one week prior to the course start date to allow instructors time to grade/provide feedback to students.

Traditional Courses

3 days prior to the start date.

If a course gets cancelled due to low enrollment when will I be notified?

We are seeing a trend of people signing up last minute. We will not cancel a course until 1-2 weeks prior to the course start date. If we cancel due low enrollment you will have the option to transfer to another course or receive a full refund.

Covid Year: Sign up trends have shifted toward early enrollment. Our spring 2021 courses filled 10-12 weeks early.

What is your refund policy?

FA/CPR Program Refund Policy

Tutoring Program Refund Policy


What time do the wilderness medicine courses start on the first day?

Typically 8am; Sometimes classroom availability shifts the start time to 7:30am

What time do the wilderness medicine courses end on the last day?

Expect to be in class until 5pm on the last day.

What courses are available in a hybrid format?

We currently offer the following courses in a hybrid format:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • WFR/WEMS Recertification

What is the time commitment for the online course work and in-person sessions?

The hybrid course is designed for those that have limited days to spend in the classroom. Less days in the classroom means longer days to make sure we are covering skills adequately. Expect to be in class 8am-6pm daily. A break down of estimated time commitments is below.

Course TypeOnline Time (Average)In Person Instructional Time
Wilderness First Aid8+16+ (2 Days)
Wilderness Advanced First Aid16+24+ (3 Days)
Wilderness First Responder40+40+ (5 Days)
WFR/WEMS Recertification8+16+ (2 Days)

What does the online course work requirement entail?

Students register on WMA’s online Learning Management System, Moodle, unless otherwise directed*. Online course work will be published 6 weeks prior to your course start date and includes lesson modules that incorporate interactive readings, videos, written/skill practice assignments, quizzes, and a final exam. There are many factors that affect the amount of time a student spends completing the pre-course work. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology Skills and Access
  • Background in anatomy and physiology
  • Prior first aid/CPR training

* Some courses run on BLE’s learning management system.

Both the traditional and hybrid formats have their pros and cons. The hybrid course format is not for everyone. Please review Wilderness Medicine Program page to make sure that this is the right course format for you.


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