We kindly ask anyone (participants and instructors) with symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing to stay home and not attend the training session. Instead, please complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, follow the recommendations given, and rebook your course for a later date.

During your course, wearing a mask that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin is mandatory. You may bring your own, or one will be provided when you arrive. Thank you for keeping us and your classmates safe.

We have masks, hand sanitizer and face shields available to purchase here.

First-aid course

Try our fun, hands on realistic first-aid training in a no pressure learning environment

Advanced Wilderness Upgrade Course

Due to COVID-19, all in-person courses have been postponed until further notice.

We are working on alternate delivery methods and will have more information soon. We will be running in-person courses again as soon as it is safe to do so.

This course is an Advance Wilderness Upgrade for anyone who has completed their Basic Wilderness Course in the last 12 months. 

This course consists of comprehensive first aid and CPR techniques for those who need a higher level of training to work and respond to emergencies in isolated or wilderness settings. Training is also suitable for those who act as assistant overnight guides, day guides or supervisors for groups of people.

The course covers material in Standard First Aid & CPR/AED, plus advanced strategies for providing extended care for more than 24 hours. Part of the course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training.

The course consists of evening first-aid scenarios and day time scenarios 80% of this course is taught outside. It is important that students taking this course are prepared for being in the wilderness.

Course Schedule

Schedule and Online registration for Victoria BC

Course Content

Preparation and planning   Poisons  
Wound care   Breathing and circulation emergencies       
Your health   Medical emergencies  
Cold- and heat-related emergencies   First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest  
What is the P.L.A.N.?     Head and spine injuries  
Environmental situations   Environmental Emergencies  
Airway emergencies     Poisons  
Bone, muscle and joint injuries   Extended Care - monitoring the patient  
Traction    Vitals  
Long Term Care    Outdoor food safety 

Course Certification

Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and your permanent certificate (valid for 3 years) will be emailed to you after the course has taken place.


If you have a current certificate, you are eligible to take the shorter recertification course. You will need to show proof of current certification to your instructor in order to be certified.

Canadian Red Cross First Aid App

The official Canadian Red Cross First Aid app puts lifesaving advice in your hands. Available for Apple and Android mobile devices, the app helps you maintain your first aid skills and respond to everyday emergencies. By downloading the app on your smartphone or tablet, you get instant access to videos (like the one below), interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice to help you maintain your life-saving skills and respond when needed. It is even fully integrated with 911, so you can call EMS from the app at any time.

Canadian Red Cross First Aid App    Canadian Red Cross First Aid App



Full Course Length: 20 Hours
Recertification: 0 Hours

Schedule and Online registration for Victoria BC

Click here to view the Advanced Wilderness First Aid course fact sheet
Click here to view the Wilderness First Aid course SOAP notes
Click here to view the Wilderness First Aid training trip plan

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If you have a group of people who have Basic certification in Wilderness and Remote First Aid and would like us to come to you to teach an Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid Upgrade 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

Please give us a call at 1-866-282-5378 or send us an email at info@alertfirstaid.com to arrange a group course.


Who should take this course

  • Any one who has taken their Basic Wilderness First Aid in the last year and wishes to upgrade
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Assistant Overnight Out door Guides
  • Assistant Overnight Kayak instructors
  • Girl Guides
  • Scouts Canada
  • Mountain Bikers
  • People who spend time in remote areas
  • BC Parks