Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness first aid training is a must for all outdoor adventurers. Choose courses to suit your experience and training requirements.


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Backcountry Emergencies

If you don't have much time and you don't need a recognized certificate, this is a great course for you. This practical 12-hour course looks at potential injuries and emergencies that may arise during your backcountry adventure and focuses on how to manage them effectively. This is a practical, non-certified course. Prerequisite: none. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual and certified instructor.

Remote Responder - 24 Hrs

An ideal course for backcountry enthusiasts and weekend warriors. This training is recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety and includes a full day of practical scenarios. This course is NOT appropriate or adequate for trip leaders, instructors or those undertaking extended travel in remote areas. Prerequisite: none. Certification: Remote Responder (WFA) Certification (valid for 3 years) – includes CPR and AED training. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual, and certified instructor.

Remote Responder - Recert - 14 Hrs

Every 3 years participants must recertify their Remote Responder Certification. The course consists of two evening classes and one field day. Prerequisite: current Remote Responder or equivalent Wilderness First Aid certification. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual and certified instructor.

Adventure Medic - 40 Hrs

Adventure Medic is the wilderness first aid standard in terms of content and course length for outdoor activity leaders, teachers and instructors. This course is also suitable for avid outdoor enthusiasts. The program covers patient assessment and treatment, evacuation decision-making, environmental emergencies, and includes the latest CPR and AED standards. This course is presented by blending classroom theory and practice with 2 days of outdoor practical scenarios. Prerequisite: none. Certification: Adventure Medic Certification (valid for 3 years). Recognized by Alberta WH&S as ‘exceeding’ Standard First Aid. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual, and certified instructor.

Outdoor Survival

Learn how and why emergency situations develop, and how to proactively avoid these situations in the first place. The format is a 1-evening class with a weekend overnight component. We'll cover survival psychology, pre-planning and emergency response, a review of environmental medical emergencies, clothing and equipment considerations, options for shelter-building, fire-starting skills, signalling methods, water purification techniques and the role of nutrition. The course is offered in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of survival equipment for course activities; course manual; Personal Emergency Kit (take home); certified instructor. *Does not include foraging and hunting skills.

Intro to Tracking

Ever wondered how 'Mantracker' tracks his prey? Join us for an introductory course taught by a Search and Rescue expert. This weekend course will be a blend of classroom and outdoor practical field exercises, designed to set you up with the skills you need to be able to detect, read and follow tracks and signs in the backcountry. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, course manual, course completion certificate.

Adventure Medic - Recert - 20 Hrs

Every 3 years participants are required to refresh their Adventure Medic skills. This 20-hour recertification course is presented by blending classroom theory and practice with outdoor practical scenarios. Certification: Adventure Medic Certification (valid for 3 years). Recognized by Alberta WH&S as ‘exceeding’ Standard First Aid. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual and certified instructor.

Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder - 80 Hrs

This course is designed for wilderness professionals: guides and leaders, those who are going on extended and remote expeditions, or those wishing to work as professional ski patrollers. This intense 10-day program involves a high level of commitment. Delivery format varies but includes 4 days (or equivalent hours)  of practical skills in a wilderness setting  with the remaining hours in the classroom. Certification: Advanced Adventure Medic (recognized by Alberta WHS) or Wilderness First Responder (both valid for 3 years) including Basic Life Support CPR & AED training. See information in the 'Show Details' for your certification options. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual, and certified instructor.

Advanced Adventure Medic Bridge Course - 40 Hrs

This course is designed to raise your current level of certification to one appropriate for guides and leaders, for those who are going on extended and remote expeditions, or for those wishing to work as professional ski patrollers in Alberta. This intense 5-day program involves a high level of commitment from the learner. Prerequisite: current Adventure Medic or Wilderness First Aid (40 hours) Certification. Certification must be dated no more than 1 year prior to the start date of the bridge course. Completion of pre-course assignments is required prior to course commencement. Certification: Advanced Adventure Medic (valid 3 years) including Basic Life Support CPR and AED training. Recognized by Alberta WH&S. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual, and certified instructor.

Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder - Recert - 3 Days

3-DAY CHALLENGE PROGRAM–suitable for experienced individuals. This assessment-based Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder recertification format requires extensive pre-course self-study, a sound knowledge base and strong skills for successful completion. Prerequisite: current 80-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual and certified instructor.

Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder - Recert - 40 Hrs

Every 3 years participants are required to refresh their Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder skills. This 5-day (40-hour) program offers ample opportunities for discussion, review, and practice of both theory and skills taught in the full course. This program moves at a relaxed pace and ensures that learners leave with a thorough understanding of course topics, resulting in a renewal of your existing Advanced Adventure Medic or Wilderness First Responder certification. Prerequisite: current 80-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. Includes: use of first aid equipment, course manual and certified instructor.