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
  • 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

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

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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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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