Welcome To WFR Recertification
Wilderness First Responder is the highest recognized backcountry medical certificate in Canada, and is considered the gold standard for those who operate as professional guides, outdoor educators, or professional responders outside the safe confines of the city.
Welcome to the team.
Significant portions of this course take place outside, including one late night or overnight scenario. Training gear will be provided, but you must come prepared to spend the day outside, and to camp if an overnight session is planned. No matter the time of year, expect and prepare for rain. During the winter, remember that we will be training in cold, wet and snowy environments. Dress appropriately.
There is a physical element to this course - hiking, team lifting, walking, carrying light to medium loads, working in awkward positions, and camping in inclement conditions. 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. Find it at bicorescue.com.
Anatomy & Physiology
You will also receive an Anatomy and Physiology pre-study. You do not need to memorize every detail, but be generally aware of anatomical terms and concepts, directional terms, body systems, and the different levels of organization that make up the human body.
General Gear - Prepare as for Light Day Hike
Water, Meals & High Energy Snacks.
Knife or Multi-tool (preferred).
Personal First Aid Kit (inc. personal medications)
Waterproof Emergency Layer (poncho or garbage bag)
Matches / Lighter (waterproofed)
Sheltering Equipment (polypropylene, sil-nylon, etc…)
Rope / Paracord (10’)
Rescue Mirror or 10 sq in. Aluminum Foil
Tactical Flashlight or Headlamp (preferred)
Notebook, Pencil / Pens
Sturdy, Waterproof Boots
Proper Seasonal Clothing (can get dirty or stained)
Extra Warm Hat
Backup Insulating Layers
Sleeping Pad or Thermarest
Camp Chair (optional but recommended)
The premise is to use whatever gear you have on hand to solve an emergency. We will provide mock Wilderness First Aid Kits
If your course includes an Overnight Scenario, come prepared for the worst of the season, including:
Shelter (tenting is the norm)
Sleeping Bag suitable for seasonal conditions
Food & Water (plus extra for patients)
There will be ample opportunity to coordinate supplies as a group before the overnight scenario.
If your course is being held at the Group Campsite on Mount Seymour, you are welcome to Camp there for the duration of the course. There is a large tenting area, and enclosed shelter with a wood stove, and a washroom.
If your course is being held at the Cypress Mountain Recreational Ski Area, or if you prefer to sleep in a warm bed and have a hot shower between course days, we recommend Emperial Suites in North Vancouver. This is a small B&B with several rooms, and other students have recommended it. You can find them here.
Mount Seymour: Training at Mount Seymour is held at the Seymour Group Campsite, at about Kilometer 11 on the Mount Seymour Parkway. There is a large parking lot there, with overnight parking allowed on the North side. Intermittent tire checks are done at the base of the parkway during the winter months.
Cypress Mountain: Training on Cypress Mountain is held at the Cypress Recreational Ski Area / Hollyburn Nordic Ski Area. Following the signs, turn right off Cypress Bowl Road at about kilometer 14. We are based in the Nordic Cafe, next to the parking lot.
If you would like to inquire about carpool options, let us know, and we will send out a group email.
Overview of Course Topics
We will be spending part of the time in community center classrooms in North Vancouver. The City of North Vancouver has not yet determined which rooms we can use - they will be announced to you prior to the beginning of the course.
All “In-Class / Field” days are a combination of classroom learning and outdoor scenarios. Always come prepared to spend time in the weather!
9:00 - 18:00
Scene Approach & Management
Basic Life Support (CPR/AED HCP+) In The Wilderness
9:00 - 17:00
Leadership and Emergency Team Management
Emergencies of the Airway
Emergencies of the Respiratory System
Emergencies of the Circulatory System
Emergencies of the Nervous System / Head Trauma
Day 2 EVENING
18:00 - 22:00
9:00 - 18:00
Musculoskeletal Injuries - Splinting / Dislocation Reduction Review
Wound Care Review
Advanced Hemorrhage Control
Gastrointestinal / Genitourinary Emergencies
You be required to achieve 70% on each of two multiple-choice knowledge assessments.
You will be required to successfully identify any critical injuries or conditions, and to respond with appropriate treatments, in 2 practical assessments.
Full course attendance and successful completion of the above assessments earns you the following certifications:
Wilderness First Responder (3 years)
First Responder (3 years)
Advanced Wilderness First Aid (3 years)
Basic Life Support (Supersedes CPR/AED HCP)