Licensed Training Provider

Beyond Limits Education (BLE) is approved and licensed to deliver a variety of curriculum from the lay person to the professional rescuer level.

We are an authorized training provider for the American Red Cross, Health & Safety Institute, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (CAEMSA), and Wilderness Medical Associates International allowing us to offer a variety of course types including CEUs for EMTs and Paramedics.

BLE’s Layperson First Aid/CPR/AED program reflects the most current consensus on scientific recommendations and follows the curriculum provided by the Health & Safety Institute (HSI) and American Red Cross (ARC).  The program content includes the knowledge and skills necessary for participants to safely identify and give appropriate care regardless of the type of emergency.  The program stresses the basic steps to follow in any emergency, beginning with the most important step, the decision to act, and helps participants confront their fears of getting involved and giving care. It explains the emergency medical services (EMS) system, emphasizes the need for rapid medical assistance in an emergency, and provides instruction on appropriate care for a variety of injuries and sudden illnesses that lay responders may encounter in their workplaces, schools, communities, and homes specific to the Eastern Sierra.

Dive into our comprehensive EMS courses designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in emergency medical situations. Whether you’re aspiring to become an Emergency Medical Responder or an experienced professional seeking advanced training, our courses cater to all levels. From foundational Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs to custom training tailored for EMS professionals, our expert instructors provide hands-on experience and cutting-edge curriculum. Join us and embark on a rewarding journey towards saving lives and making a difference in your community.

The wilderness medicine program is invaluable training for professionals, recreationists, and those simply eager to learn. Our Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses build critical thinking skills and the confidence to handle the unexpected in any environment. “Wilderness Context” applies not only to remote backcountry settings but also to rural areas with limited resources and delayed access to definitive care. It also applies to an urban setting where the infrastructure has been destroyed (i.e., natural disasters).

BLE is licensed to teach the Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA) curriculum. WMA takes a conceptual and critical thinking-based approach to teaching wilderness medicine and is one of the top leaders in the industry. The curriculum is based on nearly three decades of oversight and continual review by a faculty committee of medical practitioners. WMA courses have been taught since 1984 and the curriculum is “the standard by which all other wilderness medical providers are judged”.

“It is often more important to have clarity about the urgency and severity of a problem than it is to have a precise diagnosis. We need to understand what a patient does or does not have and whether or not it is a big deal.”


BLE utilizes Brigitte Denton’s instructional design skills and experience in education as well as partnerships with other organizations to create custom education programs that include a variety of topics. We offer educational opportunities for K-12 subjects, outdoor education, and urban and wilderness first aid, CPR, and rescue. We can teach in any type of classroom whether it be sectioned off by four walls or outside in the elements. We bring a combination of teaching strategies to meet the needs of each individual student including hands-on skills practice, inquiry based learning, experiential based learning, and lecture based learning to name a few. Ongoing feedback between students and teachers allows us to continue to tailor the way we teach and cater to our students.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

K-12 Education

  • All sciences

  • Mathematics Subjects

  • Language Arts/English

  • Social Studies/History

  • Standardized Test Taking

  • Study Skills

  • Enrichment Activities

Outdoor Education

  • Backcountry Navigation (topographic map, compass, GPS use)

  • Off Trail Navigation

  • Traveling in Steep Terrain

  • Backpacking

  • Lightweight Backpacking

  • General Outdoor Living Skills (All Seasons)

First Aid/CPR/Rescue

  • Urban Layperson First Aid/CPR

  • EMS

  • Wilderness Medicine

  • Avalanche Rescue 101

Life Skills/Leadership Skills

  • Computer Education (learning how to use various software programs)

  • Team Building

  • Giving/Receiving Feedback

  • Mental Training for Athletes

  • Leadership Training

  • Organization/Time Management

  • Project Management

Layperson First Aid/CPR Training:

Covers first aid and CPR/AED at a basic level in an urban setting where emergency medical services are close by.

  • Adult CPR/AED

  • Adult First Aid

  • Pediatric CPR/AED

  • Pediatric First Aid

  • Child and Babysitting Safety

  • California State Approved Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training (eligible for state certification)

  • California State Approved Pediatric First Aid and CPR/AED for Day Care Personnel

Professional Rescuer Training:

Covers advanced first aid and CPR/AED skills at a professional rescuer level for those working for EMS agencies in a setting where they have access to a variety of resources.

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

  • Emergency Medical Response

  • California State Approved Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training (eligible for state certification)

  • CEUs for EMTs and Paramedics (medical and non-medical classes).

Wilderness Medicine Training:

Trains and certifies people to cope with wilderness hazards and emergencies as well as emergencies during natural disasters where resources are limited and definitive care is delayed.

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Wilderness Upgrade for EMS Professionals

  • Wilderness Advanced Life Support

  • California State Approved Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training (eligible for state certification)

We have worked with Mammoth and June Mountain Ski Patrols since 2016. This is one of our most dynamic and complex programs, and it illustrates what we can do. We have designed a training program that meets the needs of all ski patrollers (approximately 75 employees), who have a range of experience and certifications (EMR, WFR, WEMT, OEC, EMT, Paramedic), and cycle in and out of the job. To meet their needs, we provide ongoing training that meets and often exceeds certification requirements for EMR, EMT, WFR, WEMS, and Paramedics, resulting in good patient outcomes. Here is how it works:

  • Fall Annual Training

    • 4-5 Day Refresher: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, patient assessment, and other medical and trauma topics are covered. Training is provided using the equipment patrollers use on the job. EMTs and Paramedics are provided CEUs. Over the course of two years, training hours exceed the number requirement for EMR, BLS for HCP, and CA State EMT certifications. EMTs and Paramedics are provided with CA State-approved CEUs that can be applied to the National Registry CEU requirements.

    • Patrollers are paid to be there, and training is covered by Mammoth Resorts.

  • New Hires

    • EMTs and Paramedics are provided CEUs for many aspects of “rookie training”.

    • Those with WFR and OEC certifications are transitioned into the EMR certification program.

    • Rookies are paid to be there, and training is covered by Mammoth Resorts.

  • Ongoing Training/Guest Speaker Seminars

    • On-hill field scenarios throughout the season are conducted.

    • Medical professionals (most volunteer their time) are brought in to do presentations.

    • EMTs and paramedics are provided CEUs to attend these trainings.

    • Hours are logged for EMRs.

    • Patrollers are either paid to attend or provided the opportunity for training on their own time.

    • Training is covered by Mammoth Resorts.

  • Skill Verification/Written Assessments for EMRs and EMTs

    • Skill Verification is completed at the annual refresher and during new-hire training for all patrollers. Instructors assess skills to the standards of the individual’s certification.

    • Written assessments are given at the annual refresher and new hire training and conducted online using our Learning Management System.

    • If an individual does not pass a particular skill or written assessment, we work with them until they have gained competency in that area.

    • Online assessment is completed on the patroller’s own time.

  • Certification Processing

    • EMR and BLS for HCP certifications are issued during the year, and an individual needs to renew if they have met all certification requirements within the two-year cycle.

    • EMT skill verification forms (CA State and National Registry) are provided during the year an individual needs to renew if they have met all skill verification requirements within the two-year cycle.

    • National Registry EMTs and Paramedics can affiliate with “Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol” in the NREMT online system, where we enter CEU hours directly after each training session.


    • Many patrollers need to maintain a WFR or WEMS for summer work. We provide additional training every two years specific to the wilderness medicine standards.

    • Training is paid for by the individuals needing to maintain this certification at a fraction of the cost of a standard recertification course and is completed on their own time.

We have received a great deal of positive feedback. What patrollers like best…

  • Training with each other. They know what each other is capable of. They are on the same page.

  • Ongoing training keeps skills fresh.

  • Training with the equipment they use on the job is invaluable.

  • Before this program, maintaining certifications was a costly expense. Since the program’s inception, Mammoth Resorts has paid patrollers to attend most trainings, pays for the majority of training, and pays for EMR and BLS for HCP certifications and EMT/Paramedic CEUs. This has had a huge positive financial impact.

  • Although not paid for by the mountain, WFRs and WEMSs have an inexpensive and easier way to maintain their certification.

Hybrid Courses

Our hybrid courses offer an opportunity for those with less flexible work schedules and anyone who wishes to engage with a part of the curriculum over several weeks at their own pace.

Our e-learning curriculum considers multiple learning modalities and uses a variety of activities that actively engage learners. Students take what they have learned and apply it in drills and scenarios during the in-person portion of the course.

Technology requirements include:

  • Computer that has the following:

    • Internet Access

    • PDF Reader

    • Anti-Virus Software

    • Internet Browser (latest version of Chrome, Edge, or Firefox)

  • High-Speed Internet

Traditional Courses

These courses are for learners who prefer being in a physical classroom with an instructor the entire time. Engagement with the online learning management system (LMS) is limited to reviewing course expectations and logistics and completing information and release forms. Instructors may use the LMS to facilitate homework assignments and as a tool to disseminate resources.

What is the best fit for me?

There are advantages and disadvantages to each course format. Below are some points to consider.

Hybrid Format Traditional Format

Less on-site days. – Potential lodging cost savings. – Fewer days to schedule off work.

Students complete e-learning coursework at their own pace. More time to digest the material.

In-person learning is slower-paced.

More time to demonstrate skill proficiency.


In-person learning is faster-paced.

Less time to demonstrate skill proficiency. It can be difficult for learners with limited technology skills or access to a computer or internet.

Longer on-site commitment. – Potential for higher lodging costs.

There is less opportunity for students to learn at their own pace. Less time to digest material.

Best Suited For

Students with self-discipline, time, technological capability, and access can independently complete the e-learning activities.

Students with learning disabilities.

Students who do not have access to technological resources.

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