welcome to wilderness first aid!
Congratulations on choosing 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!
Please fill out and submit the following form once (and only once).
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 bicorescue.com.
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
Day 1 (4 Hours): Brainboost Education (#240-3355 West Broadway, Vancouver)
Paid and free street parking; The area is served by buses #9, #14, and #N17.
Day 2-3 (8 Hours): 9:00-17:00 at Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver
Meet at the Camosun Bog Trailhead, 19th Avenue at Camosun St.
Free street parking; bus stops on 16th Avenue are served by routes 33 & 25.
What to Expect
Day 1 (4 Hours, In-Class)
Introduction to Wilderness First Aid
Patient Assessment Model
CPR-C with AED
Bleeding and Shock
Day 2 (8 Hours, Outside)
Primary Survey Emergencies
—- Lunch —-
Secondary Assessments and SOAP Notes
Managing Spinal Injuries
Lifts, Carries & Stretchers
Day 3 (8 Hours, Outside)
Strains, Sprains, & Fractures
—- Lunch —-
Written Knowledge Evaluation