Outdoor Adventure

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

Course Summary

Upgrade to a WFR (40 hours)

A stepping stone or “bridge” for graduates of our 40-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses who want to upgrade their training to Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) level.

This comprehensive course will review concepts learned in earlier training and provide a greater emphasis on evacuation, environmental topics, critical thinking, and leadership. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder Certification, which is the "gold standard" for outdoor adventure professionals. 

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 parent or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.
  • A current (still valid) WMA Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate (or equivalent - please see our FAQ for more info)
Price

$499

Recertification

See recert options for the 80-hr WFR

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
  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR Certification Card
  • 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
  • Review Pre-Course Study Package
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Patient Assessment Drill
  • Basic Life Support including Healthcare Provider Level CPR and AEDs

Day 2:

  • Case Studies Review
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Patient Immobilization
  • Litter Carries and Belays
  • Patient Assessment Drill

Day 3: 

  • Case Studies Review
  • Emergency Childbirth
  • Allergy and Anaphylaxis
  • Altitude or Diving
  • Frostbite
  • Near Drowning
  • Search and Rescue
  • Traction Splints
  • Improvised Litters
  • Simulation and Debrief

Day 4

  • Case Studies Review
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Toxins
  • Medical Kits
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Written Test
  • Skills Testing
  • Conclusion

WILDMED TRAINING

Oct 26-29

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $549
  • Busby, AB ( Camp Nakamun)
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Oct 26-29

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $549
  • Busby, AB ( Camp Nakamun)
Register

Nov 3-4 & Nov 10-11

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $549
  • Hamilton, ON
Register

Nov 22-25

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register
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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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