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The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder course equips rescuers with essential skills and strategies for decision-making, evacuation, and extended care in remote or wilderness settings, preparing them to provide effective care and leadership in challenging outdoor environments.

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder

The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder course equips rescuers with essential skills and strategies for decision-making, evacuation, and extended care in remote or wilderness settings, preparing them to provide effective care and leadership in challenging outdoor environments.

Are you ready to enhance your skills and become a proficient rescuer in remote or wilderness settings? Look no further! Our comprehensive course is specifically designed for individuals who specialize in decision-making, evacuation, and transport in challenging outdoor environments.

Whether you are part of a remote emergency services team, work in remote worksites, ski patrol, or search and rescue, this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and strategies to handle emergencies effectively. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the intricacies of wilderness first response, ensuring that you gain the essential skills and confidence to provide care in remote areas.

Course Highlights:

  • Leadership Skills: Develop the leadership qualities required to make critical decisions and effectively coordinate rescue operations in remote environments.
  • Expectation to Provide Care: Understand the responsibilities and expectations placed on a wilderness first responder, ensuring that you are prepared to deliver timely and effective care in challenging situations.
  • Professional Tool Kit and Resources: Learn to utilize a range of specialized tools and resources that are essential for wilderness first response, ensuring that you are equipped to handle various emergencies.
  • Extrication and Rescue Decision-Making: Acquire the skills and knowledge to assess and make informed decisions regarding extrication and rescue operations in remote or wilderness settings.
  • Urgent Evacuation and Extended Care: Master the techniques and strategies for urgent evacuation, as well as providing extended care when required for prolonged periods (5+ days).

Our course combines theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, simulations, and real-life scenarios to provide a comprehensive learning experience. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills in simulated wilderness environments, allowing you to practice and refine your techniques under the guidance of our expert instructors.

Upon successful completion of the Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder Course, you will receive a certification that is widely recognized and respected in the field of wilderness first response. This certification will enhance your professional profile and open doors to various career opportunities within emergency services, ski patrol, search and rescue teams, and more.

Invest in your future as a wilderness first responder and join us for an immersive and empowering training experience. Enroll today and gain the skills and confidence to save lives in remote and challenging environments.

Full Course Length 80 hours View Locations
Recertification 40 hours


How much does a Wilderness First Responder make?

This is a tough question to answer. Wilderness First Responders work in a wide variety of contexts and often perform other professional duties as well as being a responder. As such, pay can range from unpaid volunteer work to jobs that pay $38,000 to $120,000 per year.

How do you become a wilderness first responder?

There are no course prerequisites for our Wilderness First Responder courses. All you need to do to become certified is enroll in and successfully pass one of our courses, including written and practical exams.

Is wilderness first responder worth it?

Wilderness First responder will teach you an advanced set of skilled targeted at those who will be responding to emergencies in remote areas in a professional capacity. If this is you, or if you WANT this to be you, then yes it is definitely worth it. If you are a person who loves the outdoors and just want to be ready with a great set of first aid skills in case of an emergency, our Wilderness First Aid course is probably a better fit. In the Wilderness First Responder program you'll be spending a lot of time learning to use advanced equipment that you won't typically have with you unless you are responding in a professional capacity.

How long is wilderness first responder certification good for?

Wilderness First Responder certification is valid for 3 years and can be renewed by signing up for a 40 hour recertification course at any time while it is still valid.


Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! Your permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the entire course. You will also be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. 

Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder certification is valid 3 years and Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support certification is valid 1 year.

Training Schedules & Locations
VictoriaVictoria (A-920 Johnson Street)


Training Schedules & Locations
There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.


Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders reference text (digital version), Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Field Guide (print version), Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide (digital version)

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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 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 |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

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

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

"Jason did a great job teaching. I plan on recommending him to our manager for out next group recertification."

Deanna Elliot Standard First-Aid Recertification, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

I liked how everything was hands on. It helped to make it more interesting and an effective way to learn. The instructor was funny and knowledgeable which kept the class fun and interesting.

Francesca Maria Standard First Aid, 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

Very engaging first aid course, best I've had. Nathan is an excellent teacher and is very knowledgeable.

Brett Taylor Occupational First Aid Level 1, 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

Andrew was awesome. Enthusiastic and engaging. Easy going and enjoyable class atmosphere and good sense of humor! Great course design as usual- definitely beats the typical first aid courses where you are struggling to stay awake! Thank you!

Melissa Standard First Aid Recert., Victoria BC More Testimonials

Awesome course. I've taken a course through St. John's, but I found the level of "hands-on" training more useful. The scenarios were a great learning tool and helps to reinforce the learning.

Priti Bhathella Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"The  class was informational and fun. Fast paced, but covered a lot of topics. Jason was  a kind instructor with good humour. Thanks guys!"

Steve Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Both instructors were excellent - confident, capable, efficient and humorous. This is the best first aid course I've ever taken due to awesome instructors and practical content. Thank you!

Kara Sorensen Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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