Wilderness Advanced First Aid - 4 days - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
Whistler / Squamish

Wilderness Advanced First Aid – 4 days

Wilderness First Aid


  • Cost:
  • $549

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

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is a four-day comprehensive medical training designed for outdoor professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into the remote backcountry and challenging environments.The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Wilderness Medical Associates has been the global leader in wilderness and remote medicine since 1980.

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Course Information

This is far from the ordinary CPR course. It addresses the specific needs of field personnel who work in outdoor guiding, field education, and disaster care, where resources may be less than adequate, and evacuation to a hospital is hours away.

This course introduces how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period.

We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.

All WMA instructors are medical and outdoor professionals who actively work in remote settings. They have also experienced educators for healthcare in difficult conditions.

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.


Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) can be used as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) re-certification 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. To join the course to re-certify your WFR, you are required to complete 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 for the course.

**Even though you can re-certify your WFR by taking WAFA course, we highly recommend doing so with the BRIDGE course since WAFA won’t cover all of WFR medical protocols. **

To be eligible for a WFR re-certification 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.


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

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

Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR.

Certification is valid for three years.

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost.

Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • 1. The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • 2. SOAP Notebook
  • 3. The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • 4. Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

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.

WAFA Course Sample Syllabus

  • Day 1 –
    • Introduction/Registration;
    • Systems Based Critical Thinking;
    • Infection Control;
    • Patient Assessment System;
    • Circulatory & Respiratory Systems;
    • Adult CPR; Basic Life Support
  • Day 2 –
    • Quiz/Case Studies;
    • Nervous System, Spine Management;
    • Musculoskeletal Injuries;
    • Lifts, Moves, and Extrications;
    • Splints – Extremities;
    • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Day 3 –
    • Quiz/Case Studies;
    • Thermoregulation;
    • Bites and Stings; Lightning;
    • Wounds and Burns;
    • Allergies and Anaphylaxis;
    • Improvised Patient Carries;
    • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Day 4 –
    • Case Study Review;
    • Elective Topic;
    • Backcountry Medicine;
    • Medical and Legal Issues;
    • Patient Assessment Drills;
    • Simulations;
    • Final Exam;
    • 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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