Sailing Wilderness First Aid

Sailing Wilderness First Aid will help prepare you for the unexpected!  This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of sailors in medical emergency situations when definitive medical care is more than an hour away. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.


  • 2-days Classroom/Onboard Instruction
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Prices & Registration

Course Description

Northwest-Wilderness Medicine Training CenterFrom a medical perspective, wilderness context is defined as a situation in which definitive medical care is more than one hour away. So the scene of a medical emergency aboard a sailing or motor vessel at sea or in remote inland waters qualifies as wilderness, just as being four days up a river or four hours from a trailhead does. First aiders in the wilderness context need to know more and do more than is taught in standard first aid classes offered by the Red Cross, American Heart Association, or similar training agencies.

Prepare for the unexpected! Students gain the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.Wilderness First Aid for Sailors is a 16 hour course that prepares you to perform first aid for your family and crew with whatever equipment you carry with you or can improvise from materials found aboard. It develops skills needed to identify and manage injury or illness until you have solved the problem, rescue arrives, or you can deliver your casualty to medical care. CPR is not required prior to taking this course, but AHA Heartsaver CPR or equivalent is recommended preparation.

Topics covered include:

  • Critical interventions
  • Extrication and movement of casualties
  • Patient assessment
  • Management of wounds, burns, bone/joint injuries, shock, heat/cold injuries, crush injuries, and acute or chronic illnesses


Sailing - Emergency Care adn Safety InstituteA certification card in Wilderness First Aid from Emergency Care and Safety Institute will be issued upon completion of the class. It is valid for two years. To be certified, students must:

  • Attend and participate in the entire class
  • Demonstrate the skills during class practice sessions
  • Complete the final written exam with a minimum score of 80%.

Meet your Instructor

Harold Crawford USCG Captain Island Sailing ASA NauticEd Instructor

Captain Harold Crawford
USCG Captain, Wilderness EMT, NauticEd Instructor, ASA Instructor

Harold Crawford is a USCG licensed Captain, NauticEd and ASA Sailing Instructor, and Wilderness EMT who has led mountaineering and sailing groups in the Pacific Northwest. An instructor for the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, he also volunteers as a medic on a rural ambulance service. He is director of the Northwest Wilderness Medicine Training Center and has been teaching wilderness first aid classes for 25 years. learn more

Captain Harold started sailing as a “lake sailor” in Texas about 40 years ago. When he came to the Portland area in the late 1980s, he found the mountains and inland waterways irresistible, so naturally he began climbing the mountains and sailing the waters. He started his serious sailing career as a member of Island Sailing Club, worked his way though the ASA class progression to Advanced Coastal Cruising and ASA Instructor School. He especially enjoys introducing aspiring new sailors to the joys and sciences of sailing. And he served as commodore to the ISC Cruising Group for several years.

Harold likes sailing because the wind is free, the sails are quiet, and the company is congenial. And sailing is a never-ending source of fascination to him. As a professional engineer, he is interested in the mechanics of the vessel; as an amateur meteorologist, he is absorbed by the weather; and as an serious navigator, he likes to know where he is and where he is going. Capt. Harold believes that, with apologies to Thoreau, “The swiftest traveler is he who goes afloat, for he goes the farthest in the shortest distance.”

Harold’s idea of a good vacation is to charter a well-found vessel and visit new ports in interesting waters with good friends and an ample supply of red wine.


* I am a nurse/doctor/EMT/paramedic. Can I get CME credit for this course?
Not at this time, but we are working on the Oregon Health Department to make this possible.

* I don’t have a current CPR card. How can I get it?
If there is enough interest, we will hold a CPR class prior to the wilderness class. Otherwise, contact Red Cross, or American Heart Association.

* Will I learn how to use herbal remedies or other alternative medical techniques.
No. This is a conventional medical class.

* What to Bring to Class?

  • Notepad and pencil
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty; you may be kneeling or lying on the floor during skill exercises.
  • We will plan to spend some time outdoors doing scenarios, so you should bring clothing appropriate to the weather.
  • All other practice materials will be provided.
  • Bring a lunch with you.

* Other Questions?
Harold Crawford, 503-590-1860,


Prices (purchase conditions are below):

• Sailing Wilderness First Aid:  $225 per member (non-members: $250)

What's Included:

  • 2 days hands-on instruction
  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification (upon successful completion)

Class Booking Conditions (Deposits, Refunds and Cancellations) are detailed HERE.

To Register:

island sailing contact informationContact us at (503) 285-7765 to for dates, to sign-up, and we'll certainly answer any questions you may have.

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