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

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


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 Oct. 2nd - Friday Oct. 4th, 2019

9AM - 5PM

Coast Wilderness Medical Training Office

8168 Granville Street, Unit 200

Thursday Oct. 3rd - Friday Oct. 4th

9 AM - 5 PM

Pacific Spirit Park 4915 West 16th Ave (meeting location decided Oct. 3rd)

Course Schedule

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

Course Assessment

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.