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

Wilderness First Responder

What happens if help is more than 5 days away? Wilderness and remote environments require specialized skills, equipment and training. Whether you are an outdoor recreation enthusiast, live or work in a wilderness or remote setting, or work as a professional rescuer, the Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Program has something to meet your needs.

Wilderness First Responder is an 80-hour course suitable for rescuers who specialize in decision-making, evacuation, and transport in a remote or wilderness setting. Suitable for those who work in remote emergency services, remote worksites, ski patrol, search and rescue, etc. You will learn skills and strategies for urgent evacuation and, at times, extended care (5+ days).

Key Learning Concepts:

Leadership skills
Expectation to provide care
Use of professional tool kit and resources
Extrication and rescue decision-making

Part of the course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training. Eighty percent of this course is taught outside.

It is important that students taking this course are prepared for being in the wilderness. 

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: 80 Hours
Recertification: 40 Hours

Click here to view the Advanced Wilderness First Aid course fact sheet
Click here to view the First Responder First Aid course fact sheet

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If you have a group of First Responder Candidates and would like us to come to you to teach an Advanced Wilderness First Responder 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.