Wilderness First Responder Upgrade / Recert (40 hours)

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Wilderness First Responder Upgrade / Recert (40 hours)


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This 40 hour, 2 weekend upgrade bridges your low-resource and decision-focused AWFA skills with professional level tools, techniques and knowledge to earn you a Wilderness First Responder certification - Canada’s most recognized professional wilderness medical designation. Intense, challenging and always hands-on - its not for everyone, but it might be for you!

This course also serves as a recertification course for an 80 hour Wilderness First Responder.

* A valid 40 hour Red Cross Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid certificate or equivalent is required to register for this course. Please contact us if you are unsure of your qualification.

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The Red Cross Wilderness First Responder Course is the definitive top-tier professional-level wilderness medical response program in Canada.   This program is a specifically focused version of the Canadian Red Cross Medical First Responder program - a nationally recognized standard of training that has been adopted by EMS agencies across Canada.  The WFR Upgrade adds the First Responder's more advanced pre-hospital medical training and scope of practice to the low resource and decision-making approach of the Advanced Wilderness First Aid to create a program that is truly more than the sum of its parts - a challenging, intensive program that will have you prepared to intervene and manage medical emergencies on a higher level whenever - and wherever - they arise.

This course takes place on Cyprus Mountain, in the Nordic Area.  


40 Hours 


Weekend One

  • Friday Evening: 5 PM - 9 PM

  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Weekend Two

  • Friday Overnight Scenario: Starting at 5 PM

  • Saturday: Breakfast, Wrap-up and Debrief until 12:00

  • Sunday: 9 AM - 6 PM


All medical supplies are provided, but any of our basic level medical kits would complement this course and give students the tools necessary to utilize their new medical skills. View kits here.


Advanced Wilderness First Aid includes all elements of the standard course, plus more in-depth coverage of environmental emergencies, hazard assessment model, team management in emergency situations, communications protocols, and advanced treatment options.   Extended patient care is also more robust, preparing you to care for patients over 24-48 hours in austere environments during hostile environmental conditions.


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