The 2-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a short and intensive workshop for front-country travellers or assistant leaders.
This course is not intended for people who are leading groups, or for remote travel. 2 days is not enough to cover the wilderness medicine skills and treatments that might arise in those situations.
For more comprehensive training, please enrol in the 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course or 5-day or 8-day Wilderness First Responder course. These longer courses have no prerequisites, and will challenge you with more in-depth exercises and complex situations to develop your critical thinking.
This wilderness first aid training prepares you to:
- make decisions on whether injuries are serious or not
- improvise equipment
- provide life-saving treatments
- assist those with more training
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification
- CPR A (CPR for adults, includes AED training) certification
Your certification is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
Included materials: Text book*, SOAP note booklet, waterproof WMA pocket guide
*As soon as you register we’ll ship you the text book. Shipping is included in the course price.
This fun, hands-on course covers a lot in 2 days:
- CPR, AED, and basic life support skills
- Major problems with critical body systems such as shock, respiratory problems, and brain injuries
- Assessing and splinting bone, muscle, and joint injuries
- Spine injury management
- Allergies and anaphylaxis
- Medical emergencies such as heart problems, asthma, and diabetes
- Wound and burn management
- Environmental problems such as hypothermia, heat illnesses, lightning, and drowning
- And more…
Course format and pre-course prep
After registering, participants will receive a Student Information Package by email with specific meeting times for their course. Typically classes are from 8:00am – 6:00pm.
A typical day on a WFA course includes a mix of indoor and outdoor time. You’ll learn from a combination of demonstrations, practical drills, small group simulations, short lectures, discussions, and review exercises.
Prerequisites and pre-course prep
There is required pre-course work for Wilderness First Aid (WFA).
Once you register, you’ll be sent a link to our online learning platform. Budget 12+ hours to read the course material and answer questions in an online Study Guide. The course uses The Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook, by Jeff Isaac.
Doing the pre-course prep will pave the way for a successful learning experience for you.
Assessment and evaluation for certification
Your professional and friendly instructors will be assessing your knowledge and practical skills on an ongoing basis throughout the course.
Instructors will do everything they can to accommodate students with different learning styles and needs. Let us know what we can do to help you succeed.
Attendance is mandatory
Attendance for 100% of class time is mandatory. If you cannot make a session you must get permission from the instructor in advance. Students who miss a section of the course without pre-approval may be asked to leave the course for the sake and safety of the other students.
What to pack
Please bring appropriate clothing and equipment to be comfortable outdoors for the entire day…
…this means (for late fall, winter, and early spring courses) lots of thick, warm layers and extra toques, mitts, socks, and footwear—and lots of snack food.
If you eat well, layer-up, and have extra dry items to change into, you’ll stay functional, get the most out of your training, and have the best chance of achieving certification.
EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
- A large backpack so you can carry extra food, water, clothing, and equipment for yourself
- Day pack for storing your clothing and belongings during class
- Drybag or waterproof stuff sack to keep your textbooks and learning materials in throughout the course (to leave in the outdoor ‘classroom’ area)
- A set of clothing that can be stained and cut during simulations (expect to throw these away)
- Face masks (non-surgical) which covers your nose, mouth, and chin
- Eye protection: this must be commercial eye protection with side guards. Prescription glasses alone are not safety eyewear. The eyewear must have side shields. Full face shields are also acceptable.
- Hand sanitizer with 80% alcohol
- Notebook and pens
- Waterproof digital watch (for taking vital signs). This is mandatory, you can’t use a smart phone.
- Water bottle(s) or hydration pack x 2 litres
- Snack foods (lots!)
- Bug repellent and headnet (season dependent)
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Something to sit and lie on outside such as an insulate pad
- Personal medications
- Personal hygiene products
- Optional: Sunglasses
- Optional: Coffee or tea thermos
- Optional: Waterproof paper and pen
- Optional: Skis, snowshoes (for winter courses), bicycle, or hiking gear (for spring, summer, fall)
- Synthetic or wool base layers top and bottom Synthetic or wool insulation layers
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Warm socks (pack extras)
- *Shoes or boots appropriate for weather and rough terrain – an extra pair in case one get’s wet is a good idea.
- 2 x Toque (warm hat), scarf or neck warmer (winter courses), or sun hat
- 2 or 3 x Liner gloves / mitts and *over mittens (winter courses)
*Note: in cold conditions, roominess in your boots and mitts makes all the difference for warmth. If they’re too tight fitting—your feet and hands will be cold.
CAMPING SUPPLIES (OPTIONAL)
From April 15th – Oct 20th, you can camp onsite for $20/night. You’ll have access to indoor bathrooms and showers and drinking water (outdoor tap), but no other facilities.
- All of your camping and cooking equipment
- Breakfast and supper food
We try to spend as much time as possible outside. Please bring appropriate clothing to be comfortable outdoors for prolonged periods.
Partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA)
For our medical courses, we partner with Wilderness Medical Associates. WMA has set the standard in wilderness medicine and rescue training for over 30 years. The cutting-edge curriculum is constantly updated by a group of healthcare professionals, has been taught on all 7 continents, and is recognized around the world.
Organize and host a course for your company, outdoor club, remote community or group.
You can choose to host a course at your location or bring your group to one of our course sites. We provide the instructors, equipment, and a great course. Learn more about group training options.
Be sure to read our cancellation policy.