Wilderness Upgrade Course

Wilderness Upgrade Course

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 Register Now

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)

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 Upgrade Course 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.

Very engaging first aid course, best I've had. Nathan is an excellent teacher and is very knowledgeable.

Brett Taylor Occupational First Aid Level 1, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great instructor, fully engaged & engaging all day.

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

The instructor was great, fair, never did I feel any pressure! Big Thumbs Up.

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

Awesome! Was not looking forward to doing the course because of a CPR course I did last year with a different company that was not very good, but was very happy with this course. It was entertaining, well taught and I feel confident now in an emergency. 

Anna Gardner Standard First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials

I learned a lot during this course! The hands on scenarios were very helpful. Chris did a fabulous job - thanks!

Dayle Robinson Standard 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

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

Eva Sparks Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Chris was extremely patient with the class, and helpful and informative in his feedback. Created a fun and informative environment. Thanks!

Vanessa Paz CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Mike was a very good instructor. He displayed enthusiasm which made the course more lively and interesting. He also provided helpful feedback during exercises.

Emilie Longtin Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"Good training, instructor was engaging. Exactly what I expected. Enjoyed my course."

Kristen Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials
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