Workplace Wilderness First Aid

October 15 - 17, 8 AM - 4 PM

Welcome to Coast Wilderness Medical Training’s Workplace Wilderness First Aid! This dual certification program will introduce you to the management of medical emergencies in remote environments, while also fulfilling all aspects of ! In this course, you will break away from the protocol-based approach of urban firs aid, and learn to assess environment, resources, and patients to make knowledgeable decisions regarding patient care and trip planning. At Coast Wilderness Medical Training, our we believe that extensive scenarios and hands-on practice are the best way to guarantee that you will have these skills when you need them - so expect an intense experience!

Standard WFA is also a prerequisite for our 20 hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid upgrade course. AWFA is the gold standard in pre-professional training, recommended for outdoor professionals, trip leaders, and hard-core adventurers. If this is of interest to you, please contact us, or speak to your instructor.

  • In order to meet WorkSafeBC’s standards for delivering an OFA-1 course equivalent, Day 1 will be indoors. However, from then on, you will be almost entirely outside - rain, snow, sleet or sun! We do have a tent shelter if we need it, but you will be out in the elements during scenarios. Dress appropriately, then add another layer.

  • 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.

  • Your outdoor classroom will be in the area around Green Timbers. It 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


Prepare as if for a light day hike, including:

  • Water, meals & high energy snacks for the day

  • Proper clothing for a bit worse than the season might offer, including long pants and 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



Dates: Oct 15-17, 2019
Times: 8 AM - 4 PM

Tuesday, October 15

  • This is the indoor part of the course, held in a classroom at RCMP E Division Headquarters. Bring pen and paper to take notes, but expect to be moving around and practicing a lot. Dress comfortably. ** Although there is no scheduled outside time, your instructor is an unpredictable Australian. Bring some layers, just in case. **

Wednesday October 16 & Thursday October 17

  • You will be spending the day outside on the paths and green space around Green Timbers Lake.


Course Assessment

• 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 certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid with CPR/AED C (Recognized OFA-1 Equivalent)

  • Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid with CPR/AED C

The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!

The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!