Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recert
About the course
Cost: $595 plus 5% GST & online booking fees
Duration: 3 days. 24 hours in total.
Pre-requisites: Existing WFR certification. Pre-reading (see below). Aged 16+. Parental consent is required if you are under 18 years old. A good level of fitness.
Previous experience: Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Certification validation: 3 years
The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of any wilderness-based first aid training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option.
Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications.
WMA WEMS graduates with a current EMS license may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMS certification with this course.
**If you are using this course to recertify a WMA WEMS certification it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.**
This course is presented in 24 hours over three days. There is a strong emphasis on pre-studying n this course.
Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.
Day 1: 8 hours – Introduction/Registration; Review Study Packet, Patient Assessment System, Basic Life Support (including BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR), Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Nervous System, Lifts, Moves and Extrications, PAS Drills
Day 2: 8 hours – Musculoskeletal, Dislocations, Spine Management, Wounds and Burns, PAS Drills, Splints I – Extremities, Splints II – Spines, Simulation
Day 3: 8 hours – Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Environmental Injuries, PAS Drills, Simulation, Final Testing, Conclusion
All eligible students who complete this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ International Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification. These certifications remain valid for three years.
For more detailed information, please visit the Wildmed website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Wilderness First Responder is $995 + 5% GST & online booking fee.
Wilderness First Responder Bridge/Recert is $595 + 5% GST & online booking fee.
Each day the course will run from 8:30am – 5:30pm. Amy Flexman and the Flexpeditions team will be your course sponsor/host, helping with the logistics of the course, bringing snacks and helping with admin, payments, logistics of the course questions.
You will receive all books on the first day of the class.
- Please bring a water bottle and lunch each day
- Notepad and pen
- A watch with a second hand for taking vitals (recommended)
- Please leave your brand new Gore-tex jackets at home! Wear comfortable clothing that you can get dirty and move around in.
- The class is a little indoors and a lot outdoors, so prepare for the elements, which around Revelstoke can be sun, snow, rain, smoke, cloud, wet, dry, windy, cold, warm and everything else in between! In winter, bring warm gloves and a hat. In summer, sun block, hat, sunglasses etc.
- Optional: bring something to sit on whilst doing outside simulations to keep you warm and dry, such as a sleeping mat.
- Optional: if you have any items you would like to contribute to use in the simulations and scenarios, like old clothes, extra layers, blankets, thermarests, foam pads, extra padding, ropes, etc please put your name on it and label it and bring it along!
You can expect full, interesting, and intense days. The course is taught through interactive discussions, case studies, presentations, and real life, hands on drills to prepare you for the stress of emergencies you may face in the field.
Plan on arriving at the course well rested and prepared to focus completely on the material. The WAFA, WFR & WFR Recert/Bridge are levels of medical certification that carry substantial responsibility.
To fully prepare you, we use realistic simulations requiring patient examination and treatment employing simulated wounds and blood. While we recognize that this can be uncomfortable for some people, it is important to developing the confidence and competence that you would expect of a medical professional.
This course is challenge by choice, it’s YOUR course, so do what is comfortable for you. Please don’t push yourself too hard in simulations and please let the group or at least the instructors know if there is some pre-existing condition, situation, etc. that might not allow you to fully participate in the hands on portion so they can give alternative evaluation opportunities.
You can obtain a PDF of your Certificate on our website at https://wmacanada.com/reprint-your-certification/. Once you fill in the requested information a PDF Cert will be generated.
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
- The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
- SOAP Notebook
- The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
- Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes Description
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.
Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
Please click here for the Course Participation Standards.
Please press ‘Book Now’ to enter our online booking system. If it’s easier for you, only pay a deposit of $200 (+taxes and fees) now and pay the rest later. Full payment will is due 30 days before the course start. Contact us.
Accommodation is not provided, but please check out the SeeRevelstoke.com website for recommendations on where to stay.
There are plenty of options from camping, hostels, to high end hotels. The course itself is held at Glacier House Resort.
Please bring a water bottle and lunch each day as only a few snacks, coffee and tea will be provided at the site.
There is a meal plan available through Glacier House Resort, they can provide breakfast/lunch/dinner onsite, so please call to arrange with them if you’d like this, but you must sign up ahead of time.
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