Advanced WFA in whistler

Red Cross Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid, delivered by Coast Wilderness Medical Training, is BC’s gold standard pre-professional remote medical training. Its going to be a fun and challenging ride, and we are thrilled you’ve chosen to join us on it!


  • 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 four 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


Prepare For a Light Day Hike:

  • 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 other gear you would normally bring with you in your favourite outdoor activities.

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



Thank you so much to Jane Emerick for helping us to organize space in Whister! The inside part of the course will take place in the boardroom of the Springs, 1050 Legacy Way. Outdoor sessions will take place in the surrounding areas.


Day 2

  • Primary Survey Emergencies

  • Medical Emergencies

  • Hypothermia Management

    —- Lunch —-

  • Secondary Surveys and SOAP Notes

  • Leadership & Scene Management

  • Managing Spinal Injuries

  • Lifts, Carries & Stretchers

Day 1

  • Introduction to Wilderness First Aid

  • Medico-Legal

  • Patient Assessment Model

  • Scene Assessment

  • Primary Assessment

  • Airway Emergencies

    —- Lunch —-

  • CPR-C with AED

  • Respiratory Arrest

  • Bleeding and Shock


Day 3

  • Muscle, Bone & Joint Injuries

  • Commercial and Improvised Splints

  • Reducing Dislocations

  • Realigning Angulated Fractures

—- Lunch —-

  • Wound Care

  • Wound Packing

  • Amputations, Avulsions & Impalements

Day 4

  • Student Presentations

  • Complex Cases

—- Lunch —-

  • Complex Cases

  • Practical Assessments

  • 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!