Bridge to Wilderness First Responder - 4 days - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
Whistler / Squamish

Bridge to Wilderness First Responder – 4 days


  • Cost:
  • $549

Location: Whistler   Duration: 4 Days   Fitness: Average   Ability: Introductory   Prerequisites: minimum 16 years old  

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This is the definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. The bridge course must be taken within 3 years of receiving your WAFA certification. It can also be taken to re-certify your WFR cert.

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Course Information

The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief.

The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence-based research and review contribute to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in the backcountry and austere settings.

The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.

This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length.

Wilderness Medical Associates has been the global leader in wilderness and remote medicine since 1980. As a result, the certifications we grant are instantly recognized in even the most remote corners of the world. We annually certify more than 9,000 students in over 30 different countries.

BRIDGE can be used as a WFR recertification option. It is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. If you are using this course to re-certify WFR, it is your responsibility to let Mountain Skills Academy know when registering and to present your WFR certificate to the instructor on the first day of class.  In order to join the course as to re-certify your WFR, you are required to finish the pre-course study package, which is available from WMA International website. We will provide the web link to access this study package once you register the course.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

To be eligible for a WFR recertification through this course, candidates must have completed a wilderness medical training course of at least 64 hours. Cumulative training hours from different courses are not eligible. Training must have been completed within three years of participation in our WAFA or BRIDGE course. Any exceptions to these conditions must be verified prior to the course by contacting the Wilderness Medical Associates office. Proof of current certification is required at the start of the course. Students without proof of certification or approval from WMA International will not be eligible for WFR certification.

This course is scheduled for 4-days or 40 hours of instructional and practice time.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years.

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • 1. Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
  • 2. The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • 3. Wilderness Medicine Workbook
  • 4. Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
  • 5. SOAP Notebook

For the practicum outdoor training, please prepare for any weather conditions. You will need a snow jacket, pants, fleece, snow boots, gloves, etc for the cold winter weather in Whistler.

Students can use their own outdoor gear so as to be familiar with the equipment that will be available to them in a real world frist aid situation.

BRIDGE Course Sample Syllabus

  • Day 1:
    • Registration/Introduction;
    • Review Pre-course Study Packet;
    • Patient Assessment System;
    • Circulatory/Respiratory/Nervous Systems;
    • PAS Drills; Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider-level CPR)
  • Day 2:
    • Quiz/Case Studies Review;
    • Spine Management;
    • Musculoskeletal;
    • PAS Drill;
    • Dislocations;
    • Patient Immobilization;
    • Litter Carries and Belays;
    • PAS Drills
  • Day 3:
    • Quiz/Case Studies Review;
    • Emergency Childbirth;
    • Allergy & Anaphylaxis;
    • Altitude or Diving;
    • Frostbite;
    • Near Drowning;
    • Search and Rescue;
    • Improvised Litters;
    • Simulation and Debrief
  • Day 4:
    • Case Study Review;
    • Backcountry Medicine;
    • Toxins; Medical Kits;
    • PAS Drills; Written Test;
    • Skills Testing;
    • Conclusion

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.

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