Wilderness First Responder (80hr certification)



Widely-regarded as the best course of its kind, Wilderness First Responder is designed for professionals or other individuals who work or play in austere environments for extended periods of time, particularly when transportation to a medical facility will take an extended period.

The course teaches the critical thinking and focussed patient management required when self-evacuation is the only option. This puts the first aid provider in the position of being responsible for patient care for an extended period.

As a result, this course teaches in-depth medical concepts, with the goal being the understanding of a “systems-oriented” approach to patient care.

Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, use of epinephrine for asthma, spinal clearing, CPR cessation, high-risk wound management, and reduction of simple dislocations.

Reach this certification level by either:

  • booking a WAFA and booking a WFR Bridge back-to-back
  • booking a WAFA, and following it with a WFR bridge within your 3 year certification

Wilderness First Responder Course Details



How to get this price: Book back-to-back WAFA and WFR-Bridge training.  When you book into the WFR-Bridge, use the discount code FULLWFR before checkout.  With the discount applied, your courses will total $909.


Take our WFR Recertification course every three years

Takeaways & Documentation
  • CPR BLS Provider Certification consistent with the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association BLS Provider level.
  • Course Texts

Wilderness First Responder Course Content

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
    • Prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management
  • Patient Assessment and Emergency Care
    • CPR, AEDs, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma
  • Environmental Medicine
    • Assessment and treatment of altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion and toxins
  • Backcountry Medicine
    • Assessment and Treatment of common medical problems
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Unstable and stable injuiries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations
  • Wound Management
    • Open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
    • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging and medical kit preparation
  • Patient Packaging and Transport
    • Improvised spine boarding and litters, litter carrying and management, and other carrying techniques
  • Simulations
    • Fully “moulaged” scenarios (realistic theatrical make-up and props)
    • Video-recorded for extensive analysis and debrief
  • Wilderness Protocols
    • Wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, anaphylaxis and asthma.
    • Conclusion

We also offer this as a private course

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

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