General Questions

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

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.

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 about our payment plan option.

At this time, we are not setup to be able to receive Americorps Education Awards.

You can find the answer on our website. Click on the course you are interested in signing up for. Under the price you will see # left in stock. That is the total number of spaces remaining in the course.

Signing up online is easiest. To sign up, go to the Schedule page and select the course you wish to sign up for. Complete the checkout process in the Square app. Once this is complete, please save a copy of the receipt. Eight weeks prior to the course start date we will send you information about how to access the online learning management system.

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.

Hybrid Courses

Two 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 one week to complete the online course work (up to 30+ hours), which is typically due three days prior to the course start date to allow instructors time to review student work.

Traditional Courses

3 days prior to the start date.

We will not cancel a course until 1-2 weeks before the course start date. If we must cancel, you can transfer to another course or receive a full refund.

Wilderness Medicine Program

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

Expect to be in class until 6pm on the last day.

We currently offer the following courses in a hybrid format:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • WFR Recertification

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 Type Online Time (Average) In Person Instructional Time
Wilderness First Responder 30+ 40+ (5 Days)
WFR Recertification 12+ 16+ (2 Days)

Students register on WMA International’s online Learning Management System. Online course work will be published eight 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 e-learning course work. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

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

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


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