Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WFA)

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Course Details

An entry-level course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks.  Wilderness First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments.

This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.


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Upcoming courses:

  • WFA (40 hours):  

October 12th & 15th

  • WFA to WFR bridge (40 hours):

October 17th & 21th


4 days/ 40 hours


Participants must be 16 years of age and in good health and physical condition.


COVID-19 Protocols

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  •       Planning and assessment
  •       Choking
  •       Breathing and circulation emergencies
  •       CPR C and AED
  •       Wound care
  •       Head, neck, and spinal injuries
  •       Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  •       Sudden medical emergencies
  •       Environmental injuries and illnesses
  •       Poisons and wildlife
  •       Extended care and evacuation
  •       Occupational health and safety


Participants will learn comprehensive first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills, as well as skills required to plan, prevent injury and promote safety for themselves and peers while in a wilderness or remote workplace or community.

Instruction will focus on developing leadership skills, assessment, decision-making skills, and strategies for providing extended care for up to 24 hours.

Prevention, health and wellness of the group is a key focus. The course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training.

We also add basic shelter construction that is not part of the certificate.


Activity Season

All Year



Group Size



4 Days

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