wilderness first aid

Welcome to Wilderness First Aid with CPR-C! This Red Cross-certified course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts you need to manage injuries and medical emergencies in remote environments using minimal gear. Furthermore, with Coast Wilderness Medical Training, extensive scenarios and hands-on practice guarantee the best skill retention - when you need these skills, you will have them!


  • This course takes place almost entirely outside, rain or shine. Tarp shelters will be set up if necessary, but you will spend time unsheltered - dress appropriately!

  • There is a physical element to this course- team lifting, walking, carrying light to medium loads and working in awkward positions. If illness, injury, or disability might make these tasks difficult for you, please contact us before the course, or speak to your instructor about alternative roles or learning methods. Our main concern is preventing injury.

  • The outdoor classroom is not particularly remote, but accessibility is limited. If you have any medical conditions, please inform your instructor at the beginning of the course, and discuss a treatment plan in case of an emergency.

  • Practice scenarios are designed to be realistic, and can be intense. If you have any reason to expect they might cause distress, please talk to your instructor about potentially sensitive subject matter, and – of course – step out anytime you feel uncomfortable.


Online Hypothermia Pre-Study

This course does not require any prerequisite certification or training. However, in an effort to maximize the value of our short two and a half days together, you are asked to complete an online pre-study on hypothermia awareness & management before your course begins.

The course takes about 3 hours to complete, but the videos aren’t always the most reliable, so give yourself plenty of time. Once you begin the course, you can come and go as you please. Find it at




  • Water, meals & high energy snacks for the day.

  • Proper clothing for the worst the season might offer, including closed-toe footwear.

  • Sleeping Pad or Thermarest.

  • Camp Chair (optional but recommended).

  • Any personal medications you might need.

  • Any gear your would normally pack for a one-day in the backcountry.

Optional / Recommended Gear

  • Material for Splinting (Ski poles, hiking poles, ice axes, etc...)

  • Old clothes that can be destroyed in scenarios.

The premise is to use whatever gear you have on hand to solve an emergency. We will provide Wilderness First Aid Kits


Times & Places

Friday, June 14 (1 PM - 4 PM): Arc’teryx Headquarters, 2220 Dollarton Hwy.

Saturday / Sunday, June 15-16 (9 AM - 5 PM): Little Cates Park, Seashell Lane, Deep Cove


Day 1 (8 Hours, In-Class / Outside)

  • Introduction to Wilderness First Aid

  • Medico-Legal

  • Patient Assessment Model

  • Scene Assessments

  • Primary Assessments

  • Airway Emergencies

  • CPR-C with AED

  • Bleeding and Shock

Day 2 (8 Hours, Outside)

  • Primary Survey Emergencies

  • Medical Emergencies

  • Secondary Surveys and SOAP

  • Hypothermia Management

  • Lifts, Carries & Stretchers

    —- Lunch —-

  • Managing Spinal Injuries

  • Managing Multi-Trauma*

  • Complex Cases (Industry Specific)*

Day 3 (8 Hours, Outside)

  • Strains, Sprains, & Fractures

  • Improvised Splints

  • Commercial Splints*

  • Student Presentations

—- Lunch —-

  • Wound Care

  • Wound Packing*

  • Complex Cases (Industry Specific)*

  • Written Knowledge Evaluation

  • Course Wrap-Up


Course Assessment

Continuous assessment is done throughout all skill stations and scenarios. There is a practical assessment scenario at the end of the course.

A score of 70% on a final, multiple choice knowledge assessment is required for certification.

100% attendance is required to complete the course. If a short absence is unavoidable, please talk to us before the course begins to see if missed subject matter can be covered.


Successful completion of this course results in the following certification being issued from the Canadian Red Cross:

Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR/AED Level C

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be registered online with the Canadian Red Cross, who will send you a PDF copy of your certificate, and access to your Red Cross account.

The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!

The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!