Outdoor Adventure

Wilderness First Responder

Course Summary

The Whole Meal Deal (80 hours)

Widely-regarded as the best course of its kind, this comprehensive wilderness first aid course is designed for professionals or other individuals who work or play in austere environments for extended periods of time, particularly when transportation to a medical facility will take an extended period.

The course teaches the critical thinking and focussed patient management required when self-evacuation is the only option. This puts the first aid provider in the position of being responsible for patient care for an extended period.

As a result, this course teaches in-depth medical concepts, with the goal being the understanding of a “systems-oriented” approach to patient care. Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, use of epinephrine for asthma, spinal clearing, CPR cessation, high-risk wound management, and reduction of simple dislocations.

Course Details

Duration

8 days (80 hours)

Format

A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 14.

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

$899

Recertification

Take our WFR Recert course.

Take our WFR-Bridge course.

Repeat the course.

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 Responder Certification Card and Patch
  • CPR BLS Provider Certification consistent with the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association BLS Provider level.

     

  • 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

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
    • Prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management
  • Patient Assessment and Emergency Care
    • CPR, AEDs, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma
  • Environmental Medicine
    • Assessment and treatment of altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion and toxins
  • Backcountry Medicine
    • Assessment and Treatment of common medical problems
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Unstable and stable injuiries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations
  • Wound Management
    • Open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
    • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging and medical kit preparation
  • Patient Packaging and Transport
    • Improvised spine boarding and litters, litter carrying and management, and other carrying techniques
  • Simulations
    • Fully “moulaged” scenarios (realistic theatrical make-up and props)
    • Video-recorded for extensive analysis and debrief
  • Wilderness Protocols
    • Wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, anaphylaxis and asthma.
    • Conclusion

WILDMED TRAINING

Jan 24-27

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $499
  • Camrose, AB
Register

Feb 7-10

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Feb 7-10

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Feb 16-19

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $499
  • Edmonton, AB
Register
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Henry Madsen, Principal
Nellie Carsen School

Thank you for all your work helping me recert. I wanted to share how professional, task oriented, and effective Travis is as an instructor. He has clear objectives every lesson, knows how to refocus a class while still allowing for appropriate "story telling", gives palatable and constructive feedback, and focuses on learning rather than just teaching. I could go on, but suffice it to say that Travis was outstanding in so many ways.

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