Upcoming Courses

Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Our basic level of Wilderness and Remote First AidWilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR is for individuals who recreate or live in isolated or wilderness settings and need to respond to emergencies when advanced care is not immediately available. The course covers material in Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR plus special material on techniques for wilderness and remote areas as well as offers strategies to provide extended care for up to 24 hours.

Duration: 20 hours (much of which is spend outdoors!)
Certification 3-year certification in Wilderness & Remote First Aid, CPR Level C, and AED*

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Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Comprehensive First Aid & CPR techniques for individuals who are interested in taking longer excursions or live in isolated communities and want a higher level of training. The course covers material in Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR plus advanced procedures and strategies to provide extended care for more than 24 hours. This course includes much more scenario based learning then the traditional wilderness and remote first aid course.

Duration: 40 hours

Course Content

Wilderness and Remote First Responder

The Red Cross has been training the world in Emergency and Disaster Response since 1876. Our programs and resources have affected the lives of many in time of personal and communal distress. The Wilderness and Remote First Responder is a specifically focused version of the Canadian Red Cross First Responder program. This nationally recognized standard of training has been adopted by several EMS agencies across Canada. The First Responder level of training is considered the most complete and advanced medical training available before Para medicine.

Red Cross programs are goal oriented in their teaching focus. We operate within seven fundamental principles that translate into our programs and services. Our training programs will not teach you how to act by remembering a list of procedures when dealing with an emergency situation. Instead we will ask you to follow principles and understand why you are acting. For it has been proven when the adult learner can understand the “why” of something, they can overcome any “how”.

Duration: 80 hours, over 8 days. The program is a mix of classroom and experiential sessions and simulations/ scenarios. Most evenings you will be expected to complete readings, case study and exercises. An evening will be devoted to an overnight which will involve a short out-trip. Expect continual emergency and rescue simulations with mocked-up victims and stage blood.

Bring lots of physical and mental energy! Plus proper clothing for the location and time of year as 50 % or more of the program is outdoors regardless of weather. Our goal is to emulate as much as possible the learner’s “wilderness risks”. We find the more you can place the student in their environment the more effective the learning. Included with the course registration you will find a suggested what to bring list. The idea is to test what you would be using in your WRFR environment.

Students who successfully complete the WRFR course will receive a Wilderness Remote First Responder certification card that is a combination of the RC National First Responder course and RC Advanced Wilderness First Aid course that is valid for three years. This includes CPR level HCP. The WRFR course meets or exceeds all requirements of other similarly named courses (Paramedic Association Canada - Emergency Medical Responder). Within three years, students may maintain certification through a re-certification course.

Requirements - Outdoor Experienced and knowledgeable.  This is not a course to teach you how to Camp

Cost - $575.00 plus tax.