Wilderness First Aid

Abbotsford, BC

604-477-4663

Wilderness First Aid

Welcome to our Wilderness First Aid Course, meticulously designed to equip you with essential skills for scenarios lasting more than 24 hours. Immerse yourself in a hands-on learning experience, with 100% of the course conducted outdoors to foster a realistic training environment. This comprehensive program seamlessly integrates Standard First Aid and CPR C with AED training, along with practical instruction on basic shelter construction.

Course Options

We offer two convenient options for completing the course:

Five Consecutive Days – 40 Hours

Engage in an intensive five-day session to earn your full 40-hour Wilderness First Aid Certificate. This includes CPR C and AED training, as well as basic shelter construction skills.

Two Weekends

Weekend 1: 20-hour Remote First Aid (RFA): Lay the foundation with this initial weekend course.

Weekend 2: 20-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Bridging Upgrade: Advance your skills and knowledge in the second weekend to achieve the complete 40-hour Wilderness First Aid Certificate, encompassing CPR C, AED training, and basic shelter construction.

Both options culminate in comprehensive certification, ensuring you are well-prepared for wilderness emergencies.

Special Course Discount

For those opting for the two-weekend format, we offer a special course discount. Use the code BRIDGEBUNDLE100 at checkout to save $100. Act now to secure your spot and take advantage of this valuable opportunity.

Important Note

If you choose not to enroll in the five consecutive days option, completing the 20-hour Remote First Aid (RFA) is a prerequisite for the Remote to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course. You have one year from the conclusion of the initial 20-hour RFA course to upgrade to your final 20-hour Wilderness First Aid certification. We recommend completing both weekends within a maximum of three months for optimal retention, as the 20-hour RFA content will not be revisited during the 20-hour WFA upgrade.

Details:

Course Length:

  • 5 days (40 hours)
  • 2 weekends (40 hours)

Cost:

  • $569.95 – $599.95 + tax (5 days)
  • $299.95 – $399.95 + tax (Upgrade/Recert 20 hours)

*Prices vary by location. Recertifications can only be obtained by successfully completing a specific recertification course, which is a separate offering from the public RFA + WFA courses. Please check our calendar for upcoming recertification courses or email our office for more details.

Pre-requisites: Participants must be at least 16 years of age and in good health and physical condition.

Completion Criteria:

  • Ability to comprehend and successfully demonstrate the skills.
  • Ability to complete a written, closed book knowledge evaluation with a minimum mark of 75%.
  • Participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course.

Join Us

Join us on this educational journey and empower yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the challenges of wilderness first aid, including the valuable addition of basic shelter construction.

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FULL WFA (40 HOUR) COURSE CONTENT:

*scroll down to view RFA to WFA Bridge course content.

Preparation and Planning

  • Trip plans and their importance
  • Group dynamics

Your Health

  • Legalities of First Aid?
  • Lowering the risk of infection?

Priority Level based on Accessibility and Need (P.L.A.N.)

  • Learn how to formulate your evacuation and prioritize your action plan

Airway Emergencies

  • Choking-Mild and Severe, Unconscious Adult
  • Choking-conscious and unconscious Child

Breathing and Circulation Emergencies

  • Respiratory Distress
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Smoke Inhalation
  • Stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest

  • Learn about Angina and Heart Attacks
  • CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

Wound Care

  • External Bleeding (Deadly Bleeds)
  • Tourniquets
  • Internal bleeding
  • Flail Chest
  • General wounds (Lacerations, Scrapes, Punctures and Skin Flap)

Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries

  • Splints and Slings

Head and Spine Injuries

  • Spinal Precautions
  • Spinal Rolls
  • Head alignment

Environmental Situations

  • Hyperthermia
  • Hypothermia

Poisons/Wildlife

  • Stings, bites and anything else that would harm you in the woods

Evacuation and Transportation

  • Considerations
  • Tarp carries

Extended Care

  • Psychological care for the First Aider
Building and becoming more confident in First Aid Skills 
 
 
Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries
  • Discontinue Spinal Precautions
  • Helmet Removal
Evacuation
  • Stretcher Building
  • Moving Patients
Triage
  • Multiple-casualty incidents
Wound Care
  • Removing an Impaled Object
  • Abscess Draining
  • Avulsion
Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries
  • Dislocation Reduction
  • Realigning  Fractures
Extended Care
  • Pneumonia
Extremes in Atmospheric Pressure-Related Illnesses:
  • High-Altitude Illnesses
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • High-Altitude Cerebral Edema
  • High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema
  • Decompression Sickness
 
**RFA TO WFA BRIDGE ONLY (20 HOURS) COURSE CONTENT:
 
 
Building and becoming more confident in First Aid Skills 
 
 
Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries
  • Discontinue Spinal Precautions
  • Helmet Removal
Evacuation
  • Stretcher Building
  • Moving Patients
Triage
  • Multiple-casualty incidents
Wound Care
  • Removing an Impaled Object
  • Abscess Draining
  • Avulsion
Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries
  • Dislocation Reduction
  • Realigning  Fractures
Extended Care
  • Pneumonia
Extremes in Atmospheric Pressure-Related Illnesses:
  • High-Altitude Illnesses
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • High-Altitude Cerebral Edelman
  • High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema
  • Decompression Sickness

upcoming courses

Current Month

July

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

25jul(jul 25)9:54 pm29(jul 29)9:54 pmWilderness First Aid - Revelstoke40 HRS - NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

August

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

September

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

October

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

04octAll Day06Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Dawson Creek20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

04octAll Day06Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Vancouver20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

18octAll Day20Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Abbotsford20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

18octAll Day20Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Nanaimo20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

November

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

13novAll Day17Wilderness First Aid - Port Hardy40 HRS

15novAll Day17Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Victoria20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

15novAll Day17Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Chilliwack20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

15novAll Day17Remote First Aid to Wilderness First Aid Bridging Course - Port Hardy20 HRS - PREREQUISITES REQUIRED

December

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

FAQ'S - CLICK HERE

First Aid Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What levels of First Aid do you offer?

We offer the following courses publicly:

  • Remote First Aid 
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor 
  • OFA 1 Equivalency (SFA Certification)

We also offer recertification courses for all of the above.

In addition, we offer the following for private courses:

  • Standard First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • Marine First Aid
  • OFA 1 Equivalency

 

Do you offer Occupational First Aid level 1?

We offer Standard and Emergency First Aid training. These certifications are equivalent and recognized by WorkSafeBC, as Occupational Level 1. These certifications can be added onto any of our Wilderness Courses for an additional fee.

 

I want to take the 40 hour course, but I can only attend on weekends, what are my options?

If you are looking to obtain a 40 hour WFA Certificate, you can opt to take TWO weekend courses. 

  • Weekend 1: Remote First Aid (20 hours)
  • Weekend 2: Remote to Wilderness First Aid Bridge (20 hours)

If you would like to take advantage of our package pricing, and save yourself $100, contact our office and we can give you this discount for pre-purchasing the two weekends at once! 

 

What kind of first aid do I need to lead overnight trips?

We recommend holding a minimum of a 40 hour Wilderness First Aid Certification, when planning to take people out in the wilderness on an overnight journey.

Contact Us

Ready to register, but have a question? Call us!

604-477-4663