Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) Course

August 2-4, 2022

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

The AWLS certification is intended for any licensed medical professional, or medical professional in training, who has an interest in wilderness medicine. This course balances didactic learning with realistic, hands-on scenarios that emphasize technical skill. To learn more about the AWLS organization and curriculum, visit

A pre-requisite for this course is a professional healthcare certification, such as EMT, RN, APRN, PA, MD/DO, or status as a student in such a field. This is not a WFA/WFR course.

Instructors are physicians, Paramedics, and EMTs who are active members of wilderness rescue teams and nationally-known subject matter experts.

Topics covered include:

  • Rescue Medicine
  • Airway management
  • Communications
  • Pharmacology
  • Prolonged Field Care
  • Animal, Insect, Arthropod, & Marine envenomations
  • Avalanche Response
  • Dive Medicine
  • HEENT problems
  • High Altitude Problems
  • Hyperthermia, Hypothermia & Frostbite treatment
  • Wilderness Infectious Disease
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Medical kits & Specialized Equipment
  • Medical Problems
  • Patient Movement in the Wilderness
  • Patient Assessment
  • Patient Packaging, Evacuation, and Rope Rescue
  • Submersion Injuries
  • Water Disinfection & Purification
  • Wound & Musculoskeletal Injuries Management

Registration price is $550 for non-physicians, and $695 for physicians.

To register, visit

AWLS is approved for approximately 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. The AWLS program is also approved by ACEP, AAFP and AAPA, and can be used for EMS and Nursing CEUs hour-for-hour as approved.