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For instructor candidates who want to teach the Red Cross Wilderness Program and who have already taken Fundamentals of Instruction.

Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Wilderness First Aid Instructor

For instructor candidates who want to teach the Red Cross Wilderness Program and who have already taken Fundamentals of Instruction.

The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor discipline-specific classroom component focuses on the specific skills of the Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Program. Instructor certification corresponds to the courses the Instructor wishes to teach. Potential certifications include: Remote First Aid Instructor (RFAI) - certified to teach Remote First Aid, Wilderness First Aid Instructor (WFAI) - certified to teach Remote First Aid and Wilderness First Aid, and Wilderness First Responder Instructor (WFRI) - certified to teach Remote First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Oxygen Therapy, Airway Management, Basic Life Support and First Responder.

Instructor candidates must be 18 years or older, have a valid Canadian Red Cross participant level certification in the highest level you wish to teach (RFA, WFA or WFR), have successfully completed a skills evaluation with a Teaching Experience Supervisor or Instructor Trainer for that same level of skills, and have completed the Fundamentals of Instruction course (or are a current Red Cross First Aid & CPR or Professional Responder Instructor).

The last step in the certification process is to complete a Teaching Experience online module (30-45 min) and a classroom component with the support of a Teaching Experience Supervisor. Once certified as an instructor, you will need to work with a Red Cross Training Agency to process participant certifications.

Full Course Length 16 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

The Wilderness First Aid Instructor course includes:

  • Understanding the Learner
  • My Teaching Toolkit
  • Bringing a Course to Life
  • Standards vs. Practice
  • Pre-Course Instructional Tasks
  • Teaching Lessons
  • Communication, Adaptation & Conflict
  • Reflection

FAQs

Who can teach wilderness first aid?

To teach Red Cross Wilderness First Aid you must complete the Red Cross First Aid Instructor Development steps. Depending on whether you are already a Red Cross Instructor, or teach first aid courses for another agency, you may have some of these requirement steps completed already! Alert First Aid is a Red Cross Instructor Development Center so please give us a call and we can discuss these steps with you.

How do I become a wilderness first aid instructor?

To teach Red Cross Wilderness First Aid you must complete the Red Cross First Aid Instructor Development steps. Depending on whether you are already a Red Cross Instructor, or teach first aid courses for another agency, you may have some of these requirement steps completed already! Alert First Aid is a Red Cross Instructor Development Center so please give us a call and we can discuss these steps with you.

What qualification do I need to teach first aid?

All you need to get started is to have Red Cross certification in first aid at the level you want to teach! The pathway to becoming a Red Cross First Aid Instructor is a flexible one that takes into account existing qualifications and previous experience if you have it. The instructor training process has several components (both online and classroom based, for a total of about 40 hours) and finally you must successfully teach a course with another experienced instructor. Alert First Aid is a designated Red Cross Instructor Development Centre. We offer Instructor Training for First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and Professional Responder Candidates. Please give our office a call if you are interested in becoming an instructor, and we will help you navigate the Instructor Training process, and perhaps bypass some components of the process if you have any applicable qualifications.

Is Wilderness first aid same as standard first aid?

In short, no. Wilderness First Aid is a course designed for people who lead work teams or recreational groups in overnight or multi-day wilderness settings where Emergency Services might not be immediately available. Standards First Aid on the other hand focuses on emergencies that happen in places where emergency help can be expected to respond within 20 minutes for critical injuries. In some cases, a workplace that requires Standard First Aid will accept Wilderness First Aid as an equivalent, but most of the time you will need to take Standard First Aid as well. You should contact your employer or our office if you aren’t sure.

Certification

An electronic certification will be issued upon completion of this course, the online Teaching Experience module and the classroom Teaching Experience. Potential certifications include: RFAI (certified to teach RFA), WFAI (certified to teach RFA & WFA), and WFRI (certified to teach RFA, WFA, WFR, OT, AM, BLS and FR). 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 Discipline-Specific course includes the following materials:

  • Wilderness Instructor Manual (hard copy)

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Who should take this course?

  • Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor Candidates who have already completed the Fundamentals of Instruction course

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 Instructor 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.

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