Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40hrs)



The main focus of Wilderness Advanced First Aid is the prolonged care and stabilization of patients in an austere environment until a rescue team or additional resources can be obtained to help with evacuation to a medical facility.

The course teaches a judgment-based approach to dealing with medical emergencies in a remote setting. Major components include learning to work with improvised equipment and learning to anticipate potential risks to the patient.

Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, spine clearing, wound cleaning, and CPR cessation.

And while this course is “advanced”, there’s still a lot to learn. Graduates of this course may choose to take our four-day Bridge Course to upgrade to our Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) certification.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course Details


4 days (40 hours)


A mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions


Minimum 10. Maximum 15.

  • 16+ years of age (participants under the age of 18 require written consent from a parental or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.



Repeat the entire course every three years

Required Equipment
  • Notebook and pencil/pen
  • Watch with a second-hand for taking vitals
  • Indoor/outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Footwear for rough terrain
Takeaways & Documentation
  • CPR Heart Saver Certification consistent with the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association Heart Saver CPR/AED level.
  • Course Texts

Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course Content

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness Medicine
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Basic Life Support including CPR and AEDs
  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Lifting, Moving & Extrication
  • Splints – Extremities
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Thermoregulation
  • Toxins, Bites and Stings
  • Lightning
  • Elective Topics
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Improvised Patient Carries
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Case Study Review
  • Elective Topic
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical and Legal Issues
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Simulations
  • Final Exam
  • Conclusion

We also offer this as a private course

Our private training courses ensure personalized hands-on training through human-based scenarios

Private Courses