Wilderness First Aid (formerly Advanced)

Wilderness First Aid (formerly Advanced)

A specialized first aid course designed for those who work or play for extended periods in the wilderness.

What happens if help is more than a day away? Wilderness and remote environments require specialized skills, equipment and training.

The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (formerly Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid) is a 40-hour course designed for professional guides, parks officials and/or work in fields such as recreation and ecotourism. You will learn skills and strategies for providing extended care overnight to a few days through learning activities and scenarios with real-life situations specifically designed for wilderness and remote environments.

Key learning concepts include: Prevention, the health and wellness of the group, leadership skills, assessment, extended care and decision-making around additional supports required.

The majority of the course is taught outdoors, regardless of the weather, so please dress appropriately.

Full Course Length 40 hours Register Now
Recertification 25 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

Wilderness First Aid includes:

  • Preparation and Planning
  • Wound Care
  • Your Health
  • Cold- and Heat-Related Emergencies
  • What is the P.L.A.N.?
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Tractions
  • Poisons
  • Breathing and Circulation Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Extended Care and Patient Monitoring
  • Outdoor Food Safety

Certification

Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Training Schedules & Locations
VictoriaVictoria (A-920 Johnson Street)

Recertification

Training Schedules & Locations
There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.

Materials

Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Wilderness First Aid course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote Field Guide (hard copy)
  • Canadian Red Cross Comprehensive Guide to First Aid (virtual)

The Alert Advantage

Free Manual + App

Deep Discounts

3-Year Guarantee

Replacement certs

Free CPR Mask + Gloves

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Who should take this course?

  • Professional guides
  • parks officials
  • those who work in fields such as recreation and ecotourism
  • outdoor enthusiasts
  • assistant overnight outdoor guides or kayak instructors
  • Girl Guides
  • Scouts
  • mountain bikers
  • people who work and play in remote areas

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Wilderness First Aid (formerly Advanced) course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

Great course - great instructor (which is why I come back every year).

Evelyn CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This was the most enjoyable first aid class I have taken. Very “hands on” and much more informative than just reading a book. 

Paul Foley Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I thought this was the most informative first-aid/CPR course I have ever taken. The instructor made it so realistic, I feel that I could leave & confidently save someone

Nancy Parkinson Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very effective teacher. Gives fair evaluation of both strengths and weaknesses. Communicates very well with classroom. Highly knowledgeable. 

Gail Abdai First Aid Instructor Transfer, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Jordan is a fantastic teacher! He is well spoken, polite and to the point  when he is teaching. I would definitely recommend this course!

Jordan Doskotch Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"I really appreciate Andrea's depth of knowledge and ease with presenting the curriculum. No um's, ah's, likes or other verbal fillers - very good at adapting to those in the room."

Nadeane Standard First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

It was a very hands-on course, which made the two days fun and easy to grasp. Thank you Jason for being such a great instructor!

Rebecca Pottery Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course activities. Made it fun and interesting.

Sonja J. Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot. Would recommend for sure!!

Eva Sparks Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

The instructor was AMAZING! I've taken first aid before and this was without a doubt the best. Knowledgeable, professional, and fun.

Sam Taylor Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials
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