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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 View Locations

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 - Downtown

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)

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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 the course and how it was taught. I'm glad that it was hands on, it made me feel much more comfortable with situations. I would even take a shorter lunch and learn more."

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

Nathan was funny and awesome. I like the hands on scenarios rather than bookwork and tests! Thank you Nathan!

Brittany Carriere Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was awesome. I had very little sleep as I have PTSD and have a difficult time learning, especially on 3 hours sleep. But he made it make sense, completely memorable and easy for me.

Erin Gray Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This class was one of the best I've taken. The instructor was great in pass along the needed information as well as making it enjoyable. I'll be recommending Alert!

Katrina Whitney-Griffiths Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best instructor I've had. Makes you feel really comfortable in the room, especially during scenarios. Light humor which makes it fun.

Alannah Ash CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best first aid course I’ve taken. Gary was awesome and all the hands on experience really helped me absorb information.

Pebbles Williams-Bing Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course! Gary is a very strong and proficient teacher. The activities were fun and informative. I’ll be back for future courses!

Adam Johnston Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Learned more than I expected due to the amount of hands on scenarios. Excellent instructor & class, would recommend it to anyone

Sherry Skaalid Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I have taken several first aid courses over the years. This was by far the best. I would recommend Alert!

Adena Cronk Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great course, I like the hands on approach. Jason kept it engaging and dynamic, and was very knowledgeable on all questions.

Nicki Pederson Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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