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BC'S FINEST
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
TRAINING

 

 
 
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Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid is designed and recommended for anyone who lives in a rural or remote area.  That means, if your community only has on-call ambulance station, or if you are 20 minutes or more from the nearest ambulance station, one of our WRFA courses might be what you need to keep yourself and your family safe. 

If you think a remote first aid course could benefit your community, then get the ball rolling by filling out the form below, or calling (778) 888-5684.  We would love to work with you, and we love travel!

Here are some ways that WRFA courses might be right for your community:

  • Judgement: You will learn to assess patients properly to identify - and differentiate between - most likely causes of their pain or discomfort.

  • Decision-Making: A focus on informed decision-making encourages you to apply your own judgement to determine the best path to good outcomes, rather than just repeat the same techniques over and over.

  • Outcome-Focused Training: Low-resource and alternative-resource treatment options means that you shouldn't ever feel like you can't help someone because you don't have the right bandage.

  • Extended Care: A strong emphasis on extended care helps you anticipate how a medical emergency might progress, and prepares you to provide the best care for your patient over the long term, if necessary.

  • Professional Instructors: No "Dr. Google." All of our instructors are medical professionals who draw on professional training and real world experience to answer your questions.

  • Tons of Hands-On Training: Our training model maximizes the amount of time you spend applying and practicing your skills in our realistic, carefully designed scenarios. Professional-level casualty-simulation make-up and props create a fun, immersive experience that leave our students feeling genuinely prepared for real-world medical emergencies.

  • It's Fun! In over 4 years, we have never had a dull class. Our courses are action-packed and filled with genuinely useful information. Challenging, stimulating and occasionally bloody, I can promise you will learn tons and have a blast doing it!

If you live in a rural or remote community, then we want to hear from you!

our Red Cross Courses

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

20 Hours • $295 • CPR C

No Prerequisite

A fun, engaging one-weekend course that introduces you to the principles of wilderness first aid. Gain the confidence you need to make informed decisions in emergencies when rescue is hours or days away!

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA)

40 Hours • $495 • CPR C

No Prerequisite

A two-weekend that adds advanced techniques, higher-level tools, and an integral leadership component to core WFA skills. Designed for guides and trip leaders, but suitable for anyone who ventures more than a day into the backcountry.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

80 Hours • $895 • BLS (CPR-HCP)

No Prerequisite

This 8-day professional course is our most intensive, challenging, and rewarding training curriculum. If you are the first point of rescue in remote environments, or if you just prefer to rely on yourself, this is the training you need!

Upcoming Courses

Don't see anything that works for you?  Suggest alternate course dates or locations, and we will let you know if we can make it work!

Where We Train

Join us in one of our beautiful outdoor 'classrooms,' and spend a great day learning great skills with great people, all in the best natural environments the West Coast has to offer.  You have never been in first aid classroom like this before!

Pacific Spirit Park

Convenient to the city without losing the feel of the great outdoors, Pacific Spirit Park is over 750 hectares of protected green space laced with paths and boasting some of the most diverse flora the lower mainland has to offer.  Thanks to our partnership with Vancouver Regional Parks, we are able to offer your wilderness first aid experience in one of these four stunning locations in this incredible area.

Cypress Mountain Hollyburn Nordic Area

For Wilderness First Responder and some Advanced WFA classes, we'll head out of town to Cypress Mountain!  Ideal for overnights scenarios, a wonderful variety of landscapes, and a true backcountry experience, our partnership with Hollyburn Nordic Area offers an unparalleled training opportunity for our professional and hard-core students.

Custom Locations

We come to you!  Throughout BC and across Canada, if you are looking to book a course for your organization, or for a group of particularly dialed-in friends, contact us, and we will happily discuss location criteria and other logistical details of setting up a course in your community.  

Testimonials

Are you tired of boring first aid classes taught by inexperienced instructors?  So were we. 

At Coast Wilderness Medical Training, learn from engaging, knowledgeable medical professionals who bring tons of real world experience and their love of the outdoors to every class.  Join us for fun weekends that prioritize judgement and decision-making over rote, step-by-step rules, and where learning is based on hands-on practice in realistic situations. This is where great people meet and work together to tackle tough puzzles...but don't take our word - check out unfiltered student reviews at Facebook, Google, and Yelp.  

Best first aid training that I've ever had. Period. Kieran is a fantastic instructor and I highly recommend him. He's always ready to justify why you'd take a particular action, whether it's based in the latest scientific research, or just rooted in pragmatism.... it was really something to be able to tap into some of his vast experience. You want to learn first aid? Go here.

Marcus C, UBC Biodiversity

Kieran is a fantastic instructor. I hired Kieran to do a WFA course for a group of my grade 11/12 Outdoor Ed students. All of the students had a great time while learning with Kieran. Would highly recommend him for school-group courses.

Jennifer W, Vancouver Technical High School


“Kieran Hartle’s Wilderness First Aid course is a local gem. The WFA training is presented in a remote-location context and provides positive learning, situational leadership and team-building opportunities.

Cathy F, Peregrine Diamonds

Without a doubt Kieran's class is the most professional, complete, and entertaining certification course around. Do yourself a favour and sign up for his Wilderness First Aid if you consider yourself even a limited outdoors enthusiast.

Mike U, Arc'teryx


Local Partners

We are proud to list the following organizations as among those who trust Coast Wilderness Medical Training with their Wilderness First Aid training.  

UBC Dawson Club

Crofton House Secondary School

Stratford Hall Secondary School

Canadian Wildlife Service

UBC Department of Biodiversity

SFU Environmental Sciences Student Union

Huu-Ay-Aht First Nation

Lion's Bay Search & Rescue

Arc'teryx Outdoor Clothing

Vancouver Technical Secondary School

Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Environment Canada