About Us

The Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification course was originally developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine and has grown significantly since its creation in 1997. The increasing demand for certification resulted in the creation of a new organization, AdventureMed, to promote the responsible growth of the AWLS program.


AWLS® certification is appropriate for any licensed medical professional or medical professional in training who has an interest in wilderness activities. Our graduates include outdoor enthusiasts, expedition participants, US Army and other military medical personnel, wilderness medicine academicians, and Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship candidates.


AWLS® is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society.

The AWLS® program is also approved by ACEP, AAFP and the AAPA.

The mission of AWLS® is to create competence in medical professionals, enabling them to prevent and effectively manage emergency medical situations outside traditional medical facilities. If you are interested in hosting an AWLS® course, click here.


For answers to common questions, visit our FAQ page


Rated as one of the 4 best Wilderness Medicine courses in the nation.


What are AWLS® graduates saying about the course?

"Just wanted to thank you again for the great course at Mt. Rainier. Your selection of instructors and lectures was top notch. I was really impressed with everybody's command of the facts."
  –Kurt Wilhelm, MD / Blue River Fire and Rescue

"I agree. I feel that it is the "essence" of medicine."
  –Terry Rolan

"Really enjoyed the hands-on practical components."  
  –Becky / AWLS Zion

“I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the 
AWLS conference.  It was probably the best, most practical 
conference that I've ever been to."

  –Lisa / AWLS Zion

"Excellent lectures, excellent practicals, clearly a tremendous
effort went into preparing this course."

  –James / AWLS Moab