“Top-tier, professional medical training for low-resource environments… if you are responsible for others in the backcountry, YOU NEED THIS COURSE!”
Where You Train
Group Campsite, Mount Seymour
In Winter and Spring, our WFR courses are conducted at the beautiful Group Campsite on Mount Seymour. With nearby overnight parking, plenty of tenting areas, and a lovely closed-in hut with a wood-burning stove, camping is not just welcome, but encouraged. Search Seymour Group Campsite on Google or Apple Maps for the exact location.
Cypress Recreational Ski Area
For our summer and fall courses, we head to Cypress Mountain Recreational Ski Area, where an entire mountain serves as our outdoor classroom! Search Cypress Mountain Hollyburn Nordic Ski Area on Google or Apple Maps for the exact location. Warning: although there are overnight parking areas close by, there is no camping at Cypress Mountain.
your Instructor Team
WFR Student feedback
This course went above and beyond any expectations that I had. Awesome course layout backed by highly educated first responders. Cheers to Kieran and Mark on a great job.
Took the Standard WFA (20hrs) back in September, but enjoyed it so much that I upgraded to WFR (80hrs). Lucked out with my classmates, very enjoyable folks, but it's the instructors who really facilitated a solid learning environment. Their teaching methods focused on a way of thinking, not just textbook memorization. Learned more in these courses than in OFAs. Be on guard when you take their course, they're always full of surprises :)
Awesome course filled with realistic scenarios and in a great location. The tutors really make it easy to learn with a bit of humour and a lot of knowledge. 👌🏼
Wilderness First Responder
Red Cross Basic Life Support (CPR/AED-HCP)
Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Red Cross First Responder
***Qualify for EMALB First Responder Licence***
Full WFR recertification is required within 3 years, and is performed over an intensive 3-day period.
Group clients can discuss an alternative, yearly schedule.
8 consecutive days 9 AM to 6 PM, with one evening scenario and one overnight scenario.
Courses have a maximum of 12 students, and if there are more than 8 students, there will be 2 instructors.
LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The course is held in North Vancouver, and is divided between local community center locations and a beautiful group campsite with a rustic hut and wood-burning stove on Mount Seymour. At least half our time will be spent on Mount Seymour, but the exact schedule varies from course to course.
While overnight camping is not just permitted but encouraged during our time on Mount Seymour, you are responsible for finding your own accommodation during the rest of the course.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for hostel and local hotel recommendations, and for assistance in contacting other students to arrange car pooling.
16+ Years Old
KEY TOPICS COVERED
Wilderness First Responder features a comprehensive, pre-hospital medical curriculum aimed at people who expect to be the first point of contact during a medical emergency in an austere, low-resource environment.
Topics include, basic life support (ABCDEs), medical emergencies, heat and cold emergencies, environmental injuries, managing major and minor trauma wound management, poisoning, and extended patient care.
For a complete list of topics covered during this intensive, 80 hour course, see below.
When you train with Coast Wilderness Medical Training, you get an unparalleled focus on hands-on and scenario-based learning. Short lectures are reinforced with tons of realistic practice scenarios to ensure you have the skills and confidence to provide medical care under all sorts of conditions, even in low-resource environments where evacuation is hours or days away.
You will also be immersed in a robust emergency scene management and leadership development framework that will prepare you to assume a leadership role in a backcountry emergency.
The following is a list of topics covered during the course, not a course agenda or course schedule. You will receive a complete course schedule upon registration.
Principles of Wilderness Medicine
Documenting Medical Emergencies and Patient Care
Patient Assessment Models
Communications & Signaling
Hazard Assessment and Risk Management
First Aid Kit-Building
Emergency Scene Management
Leadership & Communication in an Emergency
Basic Life Support (CPR/AED HCP)
Primary Survey (ABCDEs)
Airway (basic airway techniques, protecting the airway, mechanical airway devices)
Breathing (assessment, assisted breathing)
Circulation (assessing, shock, fainting, managing bleeding, nosebleeds)
Disability (Recognizing spinal, TBI, eye injuries)
Exposure / Environmental
Cardiac Arrest Management
Professional Assessment Tools
Blood Glucose Monitors
Managing Medical Emergencies
Anatomy of the Airway & Respiratory System
Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Respiratory Emergencies in Children
Anatomy of the Circulatory System
Angina & Heart Attacks
Hypovolemic & Circulatory Shock
Anatomy of the Nervous System
Acute Abdominal Illness (Infections of the Abdominal Organs)
Infections / Sepsis
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Managing Environmental Emergencies
Hypothermia Prevention & Management
Trenchfoot / Immersion Foot
Cold Water Immersion
Venomous Bites & Stings
Carbon Monoxide Inhalation
Intoxication, Overdose, and Withdrawal (Includes Opioid Response)
Acute Mountain Sickness
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema)
Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
Arterial Gas Embolism
Managing Trauma in Austere Environments
Penetrating Injuries of the Head and Neck
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Skull / Facial Fractures
Blunt Force Abdominal Trauma
Pelvic Fracture Awareness & Management
Holds & Rolls
Spinal Motion Restriction - Uses and Concerns
Full Spinal Packaging (Professional & Improvised)
Splinting Long-Bone Fractures & Joint Injuries
Wrapping Minor Joint Injuries
Realigning Angulated Fractures
Managing Open Fractures
Managing Massive Hemorrhage (Tourniquets, Wound Packing)
Managing Minor Bleeds
Dressings and Bandages
Avulsions & Amputations
Infection Control and Management
The Wilderness Triangle / The Wilderness Hourglass
Field Water Disinfection
Patient Packaging and Transport
The Best Medicine for the Worst Places
Ready for the big time? This is it - Canada’s top-tier professional wilderness medicine course! Intensive, challenging and always hands-on, this training will have you prepared to intervene and manage medical emergencies on a higher level whenever - and wherever - they arise.
80 Hours - $895 - Includes Basic Life Support (CPR-HCP)
PRIVATE GROUP TRAINING
Are you looking for private training for your company, organization, or a group of like-minded friends? Fill out the form below, and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Additional transportation and accommodation costs may be necessary.
This 40 hour recertification course is a comprehensive review of WFR fundamentals, re-introducing core skills through hands-on practice and learner-centered group activities, and introducing new evidence-based findings and techniques in the field of wilderness medicine. There is an extensive - and required - pre-study for this course. Previewed material will be tested on the first day of class to ensure fundamental knowledge is in place before we begin.
An unexpired Wilderness First Responder certificate, issued within 3 years, is a required prerequisite for this course. If you have questions about this prerequisite, or anything else, please contact us.
The March course will take place entirely at the beautiful G1 Group Campsite, on Mount Seymour. There is a large hut with a wood-burning stove, and tent camping on the site is welcome.
The May course will take place on Cypress Mountain. The site is lovely, and we have a whole mountain to play with, but overnight camping is strictly prohibited. We will happily advise, but you are ultimately responsible for your own accommodation.