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    Advanced Wilderness Life Support (Guatemala)

    Join us in Guatemala and discover it’s jungles, mountains, rivers and lakes. The rich flora and fauna and diverse culture provide the perfect location to learn and practice Wilderness Medicine.

Advanced Wilderness Life Support (Guatemala)

Join us in Guatemala and discover it’s jungles, mountains, rivers and lakes. The rich flora and fauna and diverse culture provide the perfect location to learn and practice Wilderness Medicine.


This course is ideal for those interested in providing medical care in the wild or those travel enthusiasts, group leaders, climbers, walkers, EMT’s, nurses or doctors with a desire to learn medical treatment in austere environments.

While completing the core curriculum of this AWLS® certification course we will be traveling to many of the best spots in Guatemala with an additional option to donate time in a children’s clinic or ride along with the volunteer EMS crew in Guatemala City.

Completing this course you will:

  • Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.
  • Practice your skills in live scenarios.
  • Work with our expert faculty.
  • Earn your AWLS® certification accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine.
  • Obtain up to 20.5 hours of CME or Fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medicine Society
  • The AWLS program focuses on treatment of the most common injuries and illnesses encountered making the AWLS certification the standard in the medical industry for wilderness medicine. This course offers intensive practical skills 

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the famous and tranquil turquoise pools of Semuc Champey
  • White Water raft down the Cahbon river through jungle clad canyons
  • Climb to the summit of Tajumulco volcano (4,220 metres), the highest mountain in Central America
  • Experience live venomous and non-venomous snake demonstration from local herpetologist and tropical medicine doctor
  • Enjoy last night in Antigua, the country’s famous Spanish Colonial City
  • Enjoy an energetic and experienced team with additional discussions on altitude medicine and jungle medicine.


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Included: All transfers, 10 nights lodging, guiding and meals (as indicated on the itinerary);

Excluded: All Flights to Guatemala, airport taxes, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance.


Trip Cost: US $2,999 (Can be paid via web link below)
US $750 trip deposit due at registration (Can be paid via web link below) 


Accommodation & Additional single supplement costs:

Throughout the course, the allocated accommodation will be shared. This is not only due to limited hotel space in the remote areas we will visit but also to enhance the group atmosphere and dynamics, meet new people and share the experience. If you wish to have a single room for the duration of the trip, please notify us and we will attempt to facilitate this. The additional charge for single supplement is: $380 

Approved for 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and WMS FAWM Credits

Additional/Optional CME cost:

US $699

(CME fees can be paid via wire transfer or PayPal invoice if requested)

Cancellation Policy: Tour only Your deposit for the travel portion of the course is nonrefundable if the course is not cancelled. The balance of your trip fee will be due Dec. 1st. No Refunds will be given after Dec. 1st.  

AWLS Pricing

 Deposit Only $699.00 USD
 Total Trip Cost with CME & Deposit $3,699.00 USD
 Total Trip Cost without CME $2,999.00 USD
 Total Trip Cost with AWLS cert. minus CME $3,299.00 USD
 Trip Cost with CME minus Deposit $2,999.00 USD
 Trip Cost without CME minus Deposit $2,300.00 USD
 Trip Cost with AWLS cert minus CME & Deposit $2,600.00 USD
 AWLS Certification without CME $300.00 USD

AWLS Guatemala Itinerary             Flyer                           Application Form                Gear List

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Delegates should be vaccinated appropriately (see guidelines on http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/guatemala.htm ) and consider Malaria prophylaxis.

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Delegates should be aware this is intended to be a wilderness course in every sense of the word. The team in some parts of Guatemala will be self sufficient. This is not a package holiday and SOS cannot control mother nature. Should our plans be affected by floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions and the like, we will continue with alternate plans in true expedition spirit, affecting self rescues and problem solving along the way.


AWLS Course Team/Faculty

Bio - Chris Gibson EMT-P FAWM                     Bio - Dr Ben Mattingly FAWM    

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Testimonials from our last AWLS course

"I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to increase their confidence and competence in dealing with medical issues (major or minor) in any wilderness or remote setting. The instructors and guides made the trip both informative and enjoyable. Practicing emergency scenarios in realistic settings (jungle hiking, volcano climbing, whitewater rafting, etc) greatly enhanced the learning experience for all participants, regardless of the level of prior medical training. The serious medical instruction, the amazing scenery and culture, and the instructional and interpersonal skills of the instructors combined to make this trip outstanding! Thanks Ben, Chris, and Gabe!"
Bruce M. Ph.D
"You guys are freakin' awesome!!!!! It was such a blast to travel through Guatemala with you guys for two weeks, I felt welcomed into the group asap. Thank you sooo much for an amazing CME course and we MUST MUST MUST do it again somewhere else! I will NEVER go back to hotel conferences again! "
Maryrose C. DO
US Military
I had been searching for an AWLS course to further supplement my outdoors/wilderness activities and this course went beyond my expectations. With thorough instruction regarding a multitude of medical emergencies ranging from altitude related problems to patient packaging and evacuation, this course teaches you everything you need to know when you are out in an non-traditional medical setting. Not to mention we had a great group of instructors who clearly were passionate about what they were teaching and made the trip a truly memorable one. Would highly recommend!
Martha F. PA

Wilderness Medical Society - Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine

Overview & Application



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Map of Guatemala 


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