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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine | Keswick | March 2023


Our internationally renowned Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course in Keswick provide aspiring and experienced expedition doctors, nurses, paramedics and advanced medics with the skills and practical knowledge to become valuable members of an expedition medical team.

“WEM has provided training for a huge number of Raleigh medics over the years. We highly recommend our medics do an expedition and wilderness medicine course through WEM to help them prepare for their expedition.” – Raleigh Medical Coordination Manager.

Read the BMJ write up on the course here.

Start: 13 March 2022, 08:30
End: 16 March 2022, 15:30

  • Spaces Left: High
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final two years of study

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Intro Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Keswick

An exciting 4-day Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course which aims to open up the world of expedition medicine to all medical professionals and help you mix adventure into your career.

The Lake District was the site of the very first Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course many years ago and since then alumni has left to take part in expeditions across the globe, responded to natural disasters and emergencies and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh InternationalUK-Med, Team Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières.


Our Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course is designed to be the most comprehensive 4-day introductory training course a medic can be part of. Our expert faculty blend engaging lecture content with hands on practical skills essential to all expedition medics.

During the first 3 days of the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course your time will be split 50/50 between lectures and practical group work, the evenings will vary between socialising, challenge tasks and special guest lectures. The final day will focus on a search and rescue scenario where you will combine your skills to locate, rescue, treat and evacuate a casualty.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 24 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

All UK courses now include the WEM care package which contains branded stickers, lanyard and 10L dry bag.

We highly recommend arriving the day before the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course, you can book additional accommodation for the Sunday night directly with the Derwentwater Independent Hostel.

What’s included?
• All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
• WEM care package
• Downloadable course resources
• Safety equipment

What’s not included?
• Travel costs
• Insurance (for international travellers)
• Personal equipment
• Drinks and food purchased from the bar

Please ensure that you follow the kit list and bring adequate kit. Heavy rain, driving winds and low temperatures are common in the Lake District, poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from activities. That being said, we often enjoy T-shirt weather on the course so it’s worth staying hopeful.

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We highly recommend arriving the day before the course, you can book additional B&B accommodation for Sunday night directly with the Derwentwater Independent Hostel for approximately £40 per night. Please note the Hostel has been reserved solely for our use and their online booking system will be unavailable. Contact the team directly via +44 (0) 17687 77246 or email

We like to encourage car sharing among our delegates, this is often especially helpful for those travelling from overseas, if you would like to care share please head to the Keswick event page on Facebook to start the conversation.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site, you can find out various door to door travel option both internationally and from within the UK.

Course Content

  • Pre-expedition planning
  • Pre-existing & common conditions
  • Public health
  • Security on expeditions
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Altitude environments
  • Cold environments
  • Hot environments
  • Tropical medicine overview
  • Dentistry
  • Mental health on expeditions
  • Primary survey
  • RTC management
  • Fracture management
  • Aeromedical evacuations
  • Navigation
  • Rope skills
  • Water disinfection
  • Wound care
  • Medical kits
  • Communications
  • Group management, behaviour and CRM
  • Search and Rescue exercise

Please note: in exceptional circumstances lecture content may vary.

Itinerary by day

(Course content and timings subject to change.)


We select our teaching faculty for their academic qualifications, expedition experience and their ability to educate and inspire. Between them, our remarkable faculty have a depth of experience, living and working in the most remote corners of the world, achieving notable success in the face of extreme challenge and adversity.




  1. Jade (verified owner)

    Would highly recommend this course! Inspirational lectures, exciting outdoors activities, skills and sim, and meeting awesome people. I attended with very little previous experience or knowledge but was able to take so much away from it.

  2. Jamie Archer (verified owner)

    Professionally delivered course that exceeded expectations. Impressive line up of speakers and faculty that delivered the material and activities in an engaging and enjoyable way. The course was progressive and culminated in the SAR exercise which for me was the highlight as we put into practice all the skills learnt over the week.

  3. Joe Barron-Snowdon (verified owner)

    WEM Keswick 2020 was a truly excellent course all round. Fantastic faculty both in expertise but also friendliness and approach-ability.
    AMAZING setting for the course, the hostel were welcoming and it was a great place to host the event.
    The talks were excellent, interesting and inspiring, but great that much of the learning was outdoors and practical too. It was nice having some free time to meet other participants and have good social times with mafia /other games etc in the evenings. Wonderful people, great food, good weather and all ground excellent fun. Would definitely recommend to a friend.

  4. Diggory

    What a fantastic week, could not recommend enough. The faculty and hostel staff went above and beyond for us and we covered so much in such a short space of time, so it was the perfect entry into the world of WEM, extreme and humanitarian medicine. Plus: lots of cake, coffee and wild swimming; what more could you want!

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