Trail Medicine Course

Course Information:

This 1-day (8hr) training will provide essential field first aid skills in a remote environment. Participants will learn the basics of first aid and will learn how to apply that knowledge through hands-on exercises and scenarios.

This course presents information that can be used in day hikes, multi-day excursions, weekend camping, or packing trips and is designed for off-roading and 4×4 vehicles, snowmobiliers, horse packing, hikers, climbers, and other non-medical outdoor enthusiasts.


  • Minimum age: 18

Course Details:


  • Airway and Respiratory Management
  • Cold Emergencies
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Head, Spine, and Torso Injuries
  • Heat and Hydration
  • Medical Problems
  • Toxicology
  • Wound Care and Bleeding Control

Class Format: 

Course day runs roughly from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with an hour-long break for lunch.  Course topics will operate on a rolling schedule as needed to optimize student learning and success.  The class format involves lectures integrated with practical scenarios, case studies, and skills sessions.  Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. 

The course is designed to recreate the flow of an outdoor recreation and remote environment.  Learning aids and equipment may be used including UTVs, Jeeps, and Rescue Gear. Stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to enhance the realism of some scenarios. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, dry, or cold ground while playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Be prepared to hike short distances with a small day pack and participate in outdoor learning activities in any weather.

The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of indoor comfy shoes, comfortable clothes, and snacks.

Class Schedule: 

  • 0800-0845: Introduction & Remote Considerations
  • 0845-0930: Airway and Respiratory 
  • 0930-1030: Medical Emergencies
  • 1030-1115: Heat Illness
  • 1115-1200: Cold Emergencies
  • 1200-1300: Lunch
  • 1300-1345: Toxicology
  • 1345-1430: Head, Spine, and Torso Injury
  • 1430-1530: Wound Care and Bleeding Control
  • 1530-1700: Fractures, Joints, and Dislocations

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pen 
  • Sunglasses and/or protective eyewear 
  • Water bottle 
  • Light day pack 
  • Headlamp 
  • Waterproof outerwear–top and bottom 
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes 
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions,  including a hat 
  • Personal items and toiletries 

*List is not exhaustive, and students should contact NIM Medical with any questions.


Nov 05 2022


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Rapid City, SD
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