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An upgrade course for those with a current Remote First Aid certification to learn extended care in the wilderness.

Wilderness First Aid Bridge

Wilderness First Aid Bridge

An upgrade course for those with a current Remote First Aid certification to learn extended care in the wilderness.

This Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Upgrade course is a certification upgrade course for those with a current Remote First Aid (formerly Wilderness & Remote First Aid) certification who wish to learn how to provide extended care in isolated or wilderness settings. This course is designed for professional guides, parks officials and/or those who work in fields such as recreation and ecotourism.

You will build on skills learned in the Remote First Aid course and learn strategies for providing extended care overnight to a few days through learning activities and scenarios with real-life situations specifically made 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 20 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.

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 Bridge 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.

Loved how hands on the course was. Really helped learn the material. Extra tidbits for us health care workers was appreciated. Thanks Gary! Will come back to Alert First Aid! 

Eve Ouradou Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

It was indeed a great class. It blew away my expectations. The teacher was incredible and it was worth my weekend.

Trudy-Ann Bennett Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Had fun in the class. Was not boring or rigid.

Celine Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course, fabulous to do activities with props. Nicely interactive. Great space. Personable trainer with gentle sense of humour makes the day lovely. Thank you.

Paula Hopkins Emergency Childcare First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

Very educative program and the teacher was awesome, patient and answered all questions effectively.

Clara Laryea Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

The instructor was terrific! Her passion & energy was highly commendable. I learned a lot in just one day!

Joanne Southcombe Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best first aid course I've taken in 20 years - and I've taken about 7 or 8 of them!

Audrey Sohier Emergency Childcare First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

The course was great! I had a lot of fun and learned a lot! Very positive learning environment! Thanks Jaimie!

Taylor Archer First Aid Instructor Transfer, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Chris was amazing. He engaged the group well, and had us laughing often. He kept the class interesting and was very clear in his lesson.

Christine Porter Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I appreciated the amount of hands-on learning. The instructor was very clear and concise.

Willow Franco-Belanger Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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