Wilderness First Responder Bridge (40hr course to upgrade to 80hr certification)



Wilderness First Responder Bridge is a stepping stone or “bridge” for graduates of our 40-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses who want to upgrade their training to Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) level.

This comprehensive course will review concepts learned in earlier training and provide a greater emphasis on evacuation, environmental topics, critical thinking, and leadership.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder Certification, which is the standard-of-care for outdoor adventure professionals. 

Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course Details


4 days (40 hours)


A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions


Minimum 10. Maximum 15.

  • 16+ years of age (participants under the age of 18 require written consent from a parent or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.
  • A current (still valid) Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate



Wilderness First Responder Recert 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 BLS Provider Certification consistent with the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association BLS Provider level.
  • Course Text

Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course Content

  • Registration & Introductions
  • Review Pre-Course Study Package
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Patient Assessment Drill
  • Basic Life Support including Healthcare Provider Level CPR and AEDs
  • Case Studies Review
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Patient Immobilization
  • Litter Carries and Belays
  • Patient Assessment Drill
  • Case Studies Review
  • Emergency Childbirth
  • Allergy and Anaphylaxis
  • Altitude or Diving
  • Frostbite
  • Near Drowning
  • Search and Rescue
  • Improvised Litters
  • Simulation and Debrief
  • Case Studies Review
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Toxins
  • Medical Kits
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Written Test
  • Skills Testing
  • Conclusion

We also offer this as a private course

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

Private Courses