Bridge to Wilderness First Responder - Mountain Skills - Whistler, BC

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Wilderness First Responder


  • Cost:
  • $549

Location: Whistler  Duration: 5 Days  Fitness: Average  Ability: Introductory  Prerequisites: minimum 16 years old  

Sirius has developed a special bridge course for those who would like to upgrade their certification from Advanced Wilderness First Aid to Wilderness First Responder.

For more than 25 years, SIRIUSMEDx has been a leader in wilderness first aid training, risk management and medical support services.

More First Aid Course: Advanced Wilderness First Aid – (40 Hours) / Wilderness First Responder – (80 Hours)

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Dates for 2020 courses are not yet available. Call our office at 1-604-938-9242 for more info.

Course Information

The most practical first aid course for all backcountry users and outdoor professionals!

Sirius has developed a special bridge course for those who would like to upgrade their certification from Advanced Wilderness First Aid to Wilderness First Responder. To be eligible for the Wilderness First Responder bridge course a participant must have obtained or recertified the Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification within the past 12 months.

Topics Covered

In addition to a brief review of material covered in the 40-hour program, the bridge course focuses primarily on the advanced material and skills included in the Wilderness First Responder program.


Certification is valid for three years. To recertify this course, you must take another Bridge to Wilderness First Responder (50 hours) before the expiry date on your card.

Pre requisite

Participants need to have an AWFA-40h certification obtained in the past 12 months or have a valid WFR-80h certification that is shortly expiring and that they need to recertify

Important Information
  • Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 189 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
  • 100% participation is required to pass this course.
  • Majority of the course is spent outdoors. Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
  • It is encouraged for your to bring your own first aid/guide’s pack, if you have one.
  • There may be some take home exercises during the course.
  • Day 1 – 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Day 2- 8:30am to 5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 3 – 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Day 4- 8:30am to 5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 5- 8:30am to 5:30pm

Included: All teaching materials will be at no additional cost, Wilderness First Aid Field Guidebook, SOAP Notebook.

Not Included: Transportation, Food.

Duration: 20 Hours.

Location: TBD.

Age Restrictions: Minimum age of 16.

Transportation: Transportation is not included on this course.

Food: Food is not included on this course. Please make sure to pack a good lunch with plenty of high energy food and liquids including snacks.

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 first aid situation.

Things to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Weatherproof outerwear for the outdoors portion of the course. Please check the weather forecast each day and dress appropriately.
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Water
  • Pen/pencil and notebook (recommended)
  • First Aid/Guide’s pack if you have one

Registration and Introduction
Responsibility and Liability (review as required)

  • Medico-legal Issues
  • Risk management and accident prevention

Patient Assessment System

  • Scene survey and universal precautions
  • Primary Survey (ABC)
  • Secondary Survey
  • Triage

Advanced Diagnostic Tools

  • Use of thermometers
  • Use of stethoscope
  • Use of sphygmomanometer (BP cuff)
  • Use of pulse oximeter
  • Recording vital signs

Long-Term Care

  • Monitoring and Recording

Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider)

  • Resuscitation Manoeuvres for adults, children and infants (CPR, rescue breathing, obstructed airways)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Wilderness considerations

Basic Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Homeostasis
  • Common expedition problems

Backcountry Management of Shock
Adjuncts to Airway management

  • Oropharyngeal airways
  • Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Manual suction device

Oxygen Delivery Equipment and Application

  • Oxygen and equipment set up
  • Bag valve mask
  • Oxygen masks and delivery
  • CPR face mask with O2 port

Backcountry Water Disinfection
Soft Tissues Injuries

  • Types of wounds
  • Bleeding management and priorities
  • Preventing infection and wound cleaning
  • Wound closures
  • Technical dressing and long-term care

Emergency Communication, Decision Making and Evacuation


First Aid Kits and Specialized Equipment for First Responders

  • Trauma kit contents
  • Use of trauma kit
  • Use of personal protective devices
  • Face mask
  • Use of gloves

Environmental Problems (Review and Simulations)

  • Hypothermia and frostbite
  • Hyperthermia
  • Dehydration and rehydration
  • Lightning
  • Snow Blindness
  • Wildlife bites and stings
  • Submersion accidents
  • Altitude sickness
  • Diving emergencies

Traumatic Injuries (Review and Simulations)

  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head immobilization devices
  • Cervical collars
  • Improvised collars
  • Backboard immobilisation
  • Improvised litters
  • Chest injuries
  • Abdominal Injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Types of injuries
  • General treatment (RICE)
  • Immobilisation techniques
  • Stabilisation techniques
  • Commercial splinting devices

Transport and Carries

  • Rolls
  • Improvised litters

Emergency Leadership
Incident Command System (ICS)
Working with Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Search and Rescue (SAR)


Medical Problems

  • Preparation and assessment
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Seizures and neurological disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Non-traumatic abdominal emergencies
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Poison and Toxins
  • Genitourinary emergencies


  • Considerations for use
  • Common medication found in the backcountry

Psychological and Emotional Stress

Course Review
Practical Exam
Exam and Exam Review
Course Debriefing

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