Outdoor Adventure

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Course Summary

The Next Step (40 hours)

The main focus of this more advanced wilderness first aid course is the prolonged care and stabilization of patients in an austere environment until a rescue team or additional resources can be obtained to help with evacuation to a medical facility.

The course teaches a judgment-based approach to dealing with medical emergencies in a remote setting. Major components include learning to work with improvised equipment and learning to anticipate potential risks to the patient. Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, spine clearing, wound cleaning, and CPR cessation.

And while this course is "advanced", there's still a lot to learn. Graduates of this course may choose to take our four-day Bridge Course to upgrade to our "full-on" Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) certification.

Course Details

Duration

4 days (40 hours)

Format

A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 14.

Prerequisites
  • 16+ years of age (participants under the age of 18 require written consent from a parental or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.
Price

$499

Recertification

Repeat the entrie course every three years

Required Equipment

Notebook and pencil/pen

Watch with a second-hand for taking vitals

Indoor/outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather

Footwear for rough terrain

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification Card and Patch
  • Adult CPR Certification
  • Course Texts
FAQ

For more details about this course, including what to expect and how to prepare, please view our Wilderness Medicine FAQ.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness Medicine
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Basic Life Support including CPR and AEDs

Day 2:

  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Lifting, Moving & Extrication
  • Splints - Extremities
  • Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3: 

  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Thermoregulation
  • Toxins, Bites and Stings
  • Lightning
  • Elective Topics
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Improvised Patient Carries
  • Patient Assessment Drills

Day 4: 

  • Case Study Review
  • Elective Topic
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical and Legal Issues
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Simulations
  • Final Exam
  • Conclusion

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TESTIMONIALS

Brad Danielson
University of Alberta

Our instructor was excellent. He obviously knew the material inside-and-out, and could run the class as a set of discussions and ongoing hands-on examples, vs. running off a set of powerpoint slides. He's a breathing encyclopedia of Wilderness First Aid, with a lot of first-hand field experience. Raven Rescue and Wilderness Medical Associates has the "wilderness" perspective of First Aid training really dialed in. This did not feel like Standard FA with wilderness considerations thrown in as an add-on - these guys understand and take seriously the type of remote field work that we geo-scientist types do in places like the northern territories.

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