AWLS Course San Diego

December 3rd & 4th, 2022

We are excited to announce our upcoming weekend ocean-based AWLS certification course in San Diego this December! Most of our AWLS course in 2023 are on longer adventures such as hiking tours in Patagonia and the Dolomites, or the Surf and Yoga trip in Costa Rica. We are thrilled to be able to offer a more local, weekend course for AWLS on the coast of sunny, Southern California!

Our course will be based at the famous Mission Bay Marina, we will have classroom lectures in the Marina Village and hands-on skills and scenarios out by the water. 


  • Practice Wilderness Medicine Skills on the ocean shores of sunny San Diego
  • Learn from faculty who have extensive experience in Wilderness & Travel Medicine
  • Discover water safety & ocean rescue techniques as part of the AWLS course
  • Spend the late afternoon kayaking Mission Bay and learning hands-on, practical medical skills for the ocean and outdoors
  • Connect with other like-minded health professionals
  • Earn your Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification 
  • Obtain up to 24.5 hours of Category 1 CME
  • Optional Friday night Sunset Happy Hour/Meet & Greet Cruise!

Most of our AWLS courses are hosted as part of one of our adventure trips. We have learned that combining online lectures with hands-on skills in a wilderness setting provides a unique learning opportunity that is much more practical. In additional the wilderness medicine skills, participants will also learn a variety of outdoor skills pertinent to the ocean including learning tides, weather patterns, ropes, knots, paddle techniques and ocean rescue/survival.

A certification course designed for medical professionals who love adventuring in the outdoors, traveling and/or medical volunteering in remote settings. Learn hands-on medical skills that you can take anywhere in the world. 

Course Details

Course Objectives:

To provide a practical foundation in Wilderness Medicine for medical professionals. This course covers patient assessment in remote settings and treatment guidelines for life support until definitive care or evacuation is available. Medical professionals get the opportunity to step away from the comfort of their own hospitals/clinics and learn skills that they can use in any setting. The course is fun, dynamic, and empowering.

Topics include:

  • Patient assessment
  • Trauma
  • Medical problems
  • Infectious disease
  • Head, ear, eye, nose, throat & skin conditions
  • Animal & insect bites
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Wound management
  • Water treatment
  • Hyperthermia, hypothermia & frostbite
  • Medical kits
  • Lightning
  • High altitude illness (HACE, HAPE)
  • Dive Medicine

Continuing Education Credits:

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this hybrid activity consisting of both online education and in-person practical skills for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AWLS Course Description & Hybrid Format

This Hybrid-style AWLS course will be held over Saturday and Sunday with options for early morning yoga by the water and evening stand up paddling or kayaking in the bay!  

This Advanced Wilderness Life Support is designed to provide medical professionals of all levels (MD, NP/PA, RN, EMT) with a comprehensive training in Wilderness Medicine. 

The hybrid AWLS course is an exciting new format that provides you with 12 online wilderness medicine modules that you will have access to for three months and can study at your own time. After the didactic portion, we host our AWLS courses in epic locations that allow you to practice skills, ask questions, and meet other like-minded medical professionals, all while enjoying the outdoors and participating in some incredible adventures.

Ocean Activities

At MedTreks, we love finding fun ways to incorporate wilderness medicine skills into the everyday outdoor adventures that we all love to do. As part of the AWLS weekend we will enjoy a late afternoon kayak around the Mission Bay Harbor. We will provide an introduction to paddling, ocean safety and rescue as part of this course!

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Our AWLS Course Location

Our classroom for the weekend AWLS course will take place just inside Mission Bay Channel at Marina Village, and only minutes away from the sparkling open waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are nearby restaurants and lovely hotels. Our classes will take place in both a classroom as well as a beach and ocean setting. We will have hands-on skills that incorporate ocean safety and rescue in the lovely setting of Mission Bay. 

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Friday Night Happy Hour Cruise

Join us for a Meet & Greet Happy Hour Sunset Cruise around Mission Bay. Get a chance to know your fellow classmates and chat with the faculty. Cruise will be from 3pm-5pm. This is an optional activity, you can sign up when you book the course. Upon registration we will send you a welcome package with packing list, course syllabus and best things to do in San Diego.

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Prices & Dates

Dates: December 3rd & 4th, 2022

Time: 8am-5pm


$695 Physicians, PA/NP 

$595 EMT, RN, Student (Non-CME) 

$50 Optional Sunset Happy Hour/Meet & Greet Cruise Mission Bay


  • 16 hours of Wilderness Medicine in-person skills training/lectures
  • Guest lectures/presentations in Ocean Safety and Rescue
  • 90 minute Kayak paddle through Mission Bay
  • Textbook (printed and electronic)
  • 24.5 Category 1 CME Units

Does not include: 

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Travel Insurance