Wilderness First Aid (16hrs)



Wilderness First Aid is an excellent introduction to wilderness emergency care for those who venture out into nature’s playground for personal recreation, but will also serve as a good introduction to wilderness first aid for those working in industry, resource management, and search and rescue. 

Participants will be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills to adapt first aid techniques to wilderness locations where resources are limited.

Students will be able to identify potentially life threatening emergencies, assess their severity, and respond within a wilderness context. This course is ideal for those who want a brief but intense introduction to wilderness first aid.

Adult CPR is included.

Wilderness First Aid Course Details


2 days (16 hours)


A mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions


Minimum 10. Maximum 15.

  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with parental permission)
  • 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 First Aid Course Content

  • Registration & Introductions
  • Patient Assessment System
  • CPR
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Fractures
  • Stable Injuries
  • Splints – Extremities
  • Electives
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia and Heat Illness
  • Near Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lifting, Moving Extrication
  • Patient Carries
  • Backcountry Medicine

We also offer this as a private course

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

Private Courses