Welcome to Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Congratulations on choosing Advanced Wilderness First Aid – the gold standard in pre-hospital medical training, and BC’s only choice for outdoor professionals, trip leaders, and hard-core adventurers. In this course, you will learn advanced scene management, assessment and treatment techniques as well as teamwork and communication skills. More importantly, hands- on, scenario-based training guarantees that whenever you need these skills, you will have them.
• AWFA is a pre-requisite to the Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course. Talk to your instructor for more details.
This course takes place almost entirely outside, rain or shine. Tarp shelters will be set up if necessary, but you will still be out in the rain during scenarios. 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.
Hypothermia Awareness & Management 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 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 to use whatever gear you have on hand to solve an emergency. We will provide mock Wilderness First Aid Kits
Course Schedule & Locations…
This course is held over 2 consecutive weekends.
The schedule for the first weekend is:
Friday Night: 17:00-21:00 at our Coast Wilderness Medical Training office (#200-8168 Granville St, Vancouver)
There is plenty of free street parking, as well as a paid underground lot.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00-17:00 at Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver
Specific outdoor classroom location varies throughout the year. Your instructor will give you the exact location during your Friday evening classroom session.
There is plenty of free street parking available, and the area is served by bus stops 5 minutes away, on 16th Avenue. Routes 33 & 25 stop there.
The schedule for the 2nd weekend is:
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00-18:00 at Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver
o Specific outdoor classroom location varies. Your instructor will reach out to you with exact location prior to your course start date.
Weekend #1 Schedule
Weekend #2 Schedule
• All courses end with a multiple-choice knowledge assessment.
• 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 certificate:
• Canadian Red Cross, Advanced Wilderness First Aid & CPR-C/AED
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.