Workplace Wilderness First Aid (W-wFA)
Welcome to Workplace Wilderness First Aid, the only remote first aid training program training that meets Occupational Health & Safety requirements in British Columbia. Unlike protocol-based urban first aid courses, W-WFA will teach you to assess environment, resources, and patients and make informed decisions regarding patient care and trip planning. At Coast Wilderness Medical Training, our extensive scenarios and hands-on practice guarantee the best skill retention - when you need these skills, you will have them!
W-WFA includes two Canadian Red Cross certifications - the trusted Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR-C, and a Standard First Aid or Emergency First Aid certification, both of which are recognized by Worksafe BC as equivalent to Occupational First Aid Level I (OFA-1).
What to Expect
This course takes place almost entirely outside, rain or shine. Dress appropriately.
There is a physical element to this course- team lifting, walking, carrying light loads, and working in awkward positions. If illness, injury, or disability might make these tasks difficult for you, please contact us or speak to your instructor about alternative roles. Our main concern is preventing injury.
Accessibility is limited at the outdoor classroom. Please inform your instructor of any medical conditions, and discuss a treatment plan in case of 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.
How to Prepare
Blended Learning EFA or SFA
You will receive an online learning component from the Red Cross. If your course includes an Emergency First Aid certification, this component should take 2-3 hours. For the Standard First Aid certification, expect to spend 4-5 hours completing these modules. You will not receive your Worksafe BC-recognized certificatio unless these modules have been completed.
Hypothermia Awareness & Management Pre-Study
In an effort to maximize the value of our time together, please 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.
What to Bring
Prepare as if for a light day hike, including:
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
Optional / Recommended Gear
Material for Splinting on Day 3 (Ski poles, hiking poles, ice axes, etc...)
Old clothes that can be destroyed in scenarios
The premise is use gear you might have on hand in emergencies. We will provide basic wilderness first aid equipment.
Schedule & Locations
Wednesday June 5
12 PM - 4 PM
Simon Fraser University - Burnaby Campus
Technology and Science Complex (TASC) 2 building - Room #7520
Thursday June 6 - Friday June 7
9 AM - 5 PM
Burnaby Mountain Trails (Meeting Place Decided on June 5th)
Click here to download a PDF outline of wilderness first aid topics. This outline is for a standard wilderness first aid course - there will be significant changes to the order of events, especially on the first day, but these are the core topics and priorities for your course.
Assessments & Certificates
There are two multiple-choice knowledge assessments as part of this course.
You will be assessed primarily on performance in scenarios throughout the weekend.
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 will earn the following certificates:
Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR-C/AED
Red Cross Emergency First aid with CPR-C/AED (OFA-1 Equivalent)
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be registered online with the Canadian Red Cross and will be emailed access to your account and online certificate.