First Aid

First Aid Information

All ETC Guides are required to have, at a minimum, certifications for Basic First Aid and CPR to guide on any trip. This said, we encourage Guides to take the next step and consider Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder classes to further prepare themselves to manage incidents on trips.

If you have a current certification, please ensure the ETC Office has it on file by emailing a scan or copy to the manager of the program you volunteer with: for the Sea Kayak Program; for the River Program, or for the Winter Program.

ETC highly recommends First Aid and CPR courses that are operated entirely in person, or online courses with an in person testing / practical component after completing the online portion.  We believe that these courses are the best way to develop and practice skills.  We will accept online only basic first aid and CPR certs from Guides who can show proof of having taken in person courses within the past five years.  For online only courses, ETC recommends those offered by the American Red Cross.

To encourage Guides to obtain higher levels of certification, ETC also has a First Aid reimbursement policy for ETC Volunteers enrolled in a Wilderness First Aid course. Click Here to check it out!

If you need to get certified or re-certify, please check out the different course options below:



• Date: Upcoming dates TBD
• Time: 10am-1pm
• Location: Sports Basement (Presidio, SF) Community Room
• Cost: $35 or $60 for this class and the first aid class, below
• Taught by: Safety Training Pros
• Sign-up: Email Alyssum at


Basic First Aid:

• Date: Upcoming dates TBD
• Time: 2pm-5pm
• Location: Sports Basement (Presidio, SF) Community Room
• Cost: $35 or $60 for this class and the CPR class, above
• Taught by: Safety Training Pros
• Sign-up: Email Alyssum at


Wilderness First Aid:

• Dates: Multiple options available at
• Cost: $225.00
• Location: Coloma, CA
• Taught by: Sierra Rescue Instructors
• How to sign up: email Sierra Rescue directly and be sure to ask for the non-profit discount:)


Other Classes

Ready SFReady SF offers wilderness medicine training (WFA and WFA courses) and CPR courses in the Bay Area.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross offers frequent CPR and First Aid courses in a variety of locations – search by zip code.

Fast ResponseFast Response offers a wide range of first and and CPR training at their location in Berkeley.

Adam’s Safety TrainingAdam’s Safety Training offers a many first aid and CPR classes at their location in San Ramon.

Safety Training SeminarsProvides lower priced CPR and first aid classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wilderness Medicine InstituteWMI offers wilderness medicine classes (WFA and WFR courses) in California and all over the United States.

Safety Training Pros: Expert instruction equipping clients with emergency preparedness for the safety of the community, including CPR and first aid classes.

Sierra Rescue: Expert instruction in swift water rescue and wilderness first aid, based out of Truckee