Outdoor Adventure

Wilderness First Aid

Course Summary

The Basics (16 hours)

This course is an excellent introduction to wilderness emergency care for those who venture out into nature's playground for personal recreation, but will also serve as a good introduction to wilderness first aid for those working in industry, resource management, and search and rescue. 

Participants will be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills to adapt first aid techniques to wilderness locations where resources are limited. Students will be able to identify potentially life threatening emergencies, assess their severity, and respond within a wilderness context. This course is ideal for those who want a brief but intense introduction to wilderness first aid. Adult CPR is included.

Course Details


2 days (16 hours)


A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions


Minimum 10. Maximum 14.

  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with parental permission)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required



Repeat the entire 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 First Aid Certification and Patch
  • Adult CPR Certification
  • Course Texts

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

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Registration & Introductions
  • Patient Assessment System
  • CPR
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Fractures
  • Stable Injuries
  • Splints - Extremities
  • Electives

Day 2:

  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia and Heat Illness
  • Near Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lifting, Moving Extrication
  • Patient Carries
  • Backcountry Medicine


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Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

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Oct 26-29

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

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Nov 3-4 & Nov 10-11

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $549
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Nov 22-25

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

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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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