Red Cross Wilderness First Aid is 20 hours of no-nonsense training that prepares you to manage backcountry emergencies. Our WFA is taught by experienced medical professionals with an infectious love of wilderness medicine - & of designing gnarly scenarios! This is fun, challenging, hands-on training that you won’t forget - join us for a weekend, & learn to act effectively in medical emergencies, even when rescue is hours away!
Everyone is welcome - there are no prerequisites for Red Cross Wilderness First Aid!
WFA begins with a Friday evening classroom session, then outdoors all weekend!
Nov. 1 - 3, 2019 (Pacific Spirit)
Dec. 6 - 8, 2019 (Pacific Spirit)
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
Feb. 21 - 23, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
Mar. 20 - 22, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
Apr. 17 - 19, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
May. 8 - 10, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
June 26 -28, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
July 17 - 19, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)
Squamish WFA begins with a Friday evening classroom session, then outdoors all weekend!
Nov. 08 - 10, 2019
Dec. 20 - 22, 2019
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2020
Mar. 27 - Mar. 29, 2020
Gain the confidence you need to make informed decisions in emergencies when rescue is hours or days away! If you work, live or play in the backcountry, Wilderness First Aid will prepare you to manage medical emergencies when resources are scarce and rescue could be hours away. Don’t expect rigid protocols - a focus on basic principles, simple but effective techniques, and informed decision making is at the heart of our instructing philosophy.
Schedule & Locations
The 20 hour WFA is typically taught over 2½ days,
Day 1: 5 PM - 9 PM at the CWMT Vancouver Training Center (8168 Granville St, #200, Vancouver).
Days 2 & 3: 9 AM - 5 PM, Entirely outdoors in beautiful Pacific Spirit Park.
Day 1: 5 PM - 9 PM at Quest University (3200 University Blvd, Squamish).
Days 2 & 3: 9 AM - 5 PM, Entirely outdoors in one of our stunning outdoors classrooms.*
*We have several outdoor options to choose from among the mountains, forests and rivers of Squamish. An exact location will be chosen based on weather and usage by other groups, and announced as course dates approach. All locations are within 15 minutes of Quest University.
Alternative dates can easily be arranged - contact us to discuss your needs.
The course has a maximum of 12 students - if there are more than 12 students, there will be 2 instructors.
Successful completion of the course earns you a Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR C certificate from the Canadian Red Cross, valid for 3 years.
If you would like to add a Standard First Aid certification, please let us know when you register.
Recertification is conducted over 8 hours; you must hold an unexpired WFA certificate on that day to recertify.
For a detailed course agenda and outline, click here to download a PDF of the course outline.
Amazing team of instructors. They don't just share their experiences and knowledge verbally but throw you into real world scenarios and let you gain skill and confidence. Classes go hand in hand with students and instructors so you don't just sit down and listen, and they leave no questions unanswered :)
I want to complement Quinn on being an outstanding instructor. She was knowledgeable, energetic, and creative in her scenarios! I also appreciated having a women instructor, and commend Coast for reflecting the diversity of people who play and work in our BC wilderness.
The course content is vast in scope and extremely relevant to our situation. Every moment of learning was interesting. The instructors were outstanding, they know and love their craft. I also appreciated the learning environment - the course was taken seriously by everyone involved, but we still had time to laugh, connect, and have fun.
Where You Train
Most courses take place in beautiful Pacific Spirit Park - easily accessible by car, bike or public transit, but feels like you are hours from the city! Public toilets are available on site.
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Who to Blame
Wilderness First Aid courses are usually taught over one weekend. Fri. 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat. & Sun. 9 AM - 5 PM.
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WFA Recert Opportunities
Wilderness First Aid Recertification takes place over one 8-hour scenario-packed session. Anyone can join, but your 20 hour Red Cross Wilderness First Aid certification (or equivalent) must be unexpired to qualify for recertification.
Register today - this course currently costs only $95… you save $50 off the regular price!
Oct 27, 2019 (Deep Cove, Little Cates)
Jan 11, 2020 (Vancouver, Pacific Spirit)
Apr 25, 2020 (Vancouver, Pacific Spirit)
July 11, 2020 (Vancouver, Pacific Spirit)