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

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

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
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
There are no certification classes at this time. Please check back.

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 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 instructor, fully engaged & engaging all day.

Wendy S. Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Mike did great interactive demonstrations which definitely helped me learn. I really enjoyed this course and feel secure that I have learned this information in case of future emergencies. Mike was very enthusiastic, which also made this course enjoyable.

Anna Stylianides Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Excellent teacher. Always paused and asked 'any questions?' Great technique of questionning and trying to make us come up with the answers. Good simulations.

Cecily Emergency 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

Great job! Done this course a lot and Chris kept it both fun and informative.

Mike Watts CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great informative course. Jason was the perfect teacher - energizing, knowledgeable and personable!

Allexa Marshall Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Lots of fun, by far the most enthusiastic and engaging instructor I have ever had for first aid. My first time taking a class with Alert and I will definitly be coming back.

Laura CPR C Recertification, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was thorough, high energy and very friendly! Working with barriered youth can be a challenge and Nathan was absolutely fantastic with our group!

Julia-Anne Morris Basic First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very lively method of instruction. Recommend Alert Frist Aid. Keeps you aware of real case scenarios. 

Amy Apolonio Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Very practical, very realistic. Useful feedback. Expects excellent skills, helps learners understand need to be excellent in their skills before teaching others.

Suzanne Flannigan First Aid Instructor Transfer, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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