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A specialized first aid course designed for those who live or work in non-urban, remote or wilderness workplaces or communities.

Remote First Aid (20-hr Wilderness)

Remote First Aid (20-hr Wilderness)

A specialized first aid course designed for those who live or work in non-urban, remote or wilderness workplaces or communities.

Embark on an exciting journey of learning and adventure with our  20 hour Wilderness First Aid course. Now known as Red Cross Remote First Aid.  Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, and professionals working in remote environments, this course combines essential medical knowledge with hands-on, scenario-based learning in the great outdoors.

Our program goes beyond traditional classroom settings, immersing you in fun and interactive scenarios tailored to wilderness environments. You'll learn crucial first aid skills amidst the beauty of nature, where the unexpected can happen at any moment.

Led by experienced wilderness medicine professionals, our course covers a wide range of topics including injury assessment, wound management, improvised splinting, environmental emergencies, and evacuation techniques. Through engaging simulations and role-playing exercises, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in realistic outdoor scenarios, preparing you to respond effectively to emergencies in the wilderness.

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a novice adventurer, our 20 hour Wilderness First Aid course offers a dynamic learning experience that equips you with the skills and confidence to handle medical emergencies in remote settings. Join us and discover the thrill of learning in nature while mastering the art of wilderness first aid.

Full Course Length 20 hours View Locations
Recertification 12 hours

Course Details

Remote Wilderness First Aid  (20 Hr) Topic

Remote First Aid includes:

  • Wilderness Trip Preparation and Planning
  • Your Health
  • Airway Emergencies
  • Adult, Child, Infant CPR
  • First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest
  • Wound Care 
  • Improvational Splint Building 
  • Bone/Muscle/Joint Injuries
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Wilderness Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Wilderness Cold- and Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Evacuation and Transportation from wilderness settings
  • Chest Pain
  • Blister Care 
  • Common Wilderness injuries


Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid  certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your Wilderness First Aid course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed your first aid 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 recertification classes at this time. Please check back.


Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Wilderness First Aid (20 hr) Remote 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?

  • Those living or working in remote or wilderness workplaces or communities

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Remote First Aid (20-hr Wilderness) 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.

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

Thanks Gary! I enjoyed the course and the scenarios. Thanks for the patience, I'm glad we had you for an instructor this year!!

David Broderson Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This was a great course and Mike was an amazing instructor!

Sarah Halliday Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Super job. Love the rhymes/acronyms and general mnemonic devices. 

Tony Goodman Basic First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"Very good course. I will feel much more comfortable and confident in my position as Emergency Night Responder. More peace of mind for me, thank you."

Gabriel DeMeas CPR C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

I enjoyed the course and the instructor made it fun. I will take my next recert with Alert First Aid!

Christine CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Love it! Best first aid course I have taken. Instructor was very knowledgable. I learned alot, will definitly come back for other courses.

Isabella Lee Emergency First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials


Best first aid course/ recert or otherwise I’ve taken. Fast. Fun. Friendly approachable instructor. Confident. Realistic scenarios. Time well used/ organized.

B.Rhan Emergency First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials

"Andrea was great. enthusiastic and knows her stuff!"

Brandon Jones Standard First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Gary used relevant examples & situations to teach us proper CPR. He is a great instructor! I like how we learned both adult and baby CPR and it was very hands on.

Kaitlyn CPR, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials
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