Advanced Wilderness First Aid - Mountain Skills Academy - Whistler, BC

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Wilderness First Aid


  • Cost:
  • $549

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

Advanced Wilderness 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.

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: Bridge to Wilderness First Responder – (50 Hours) / Wilderness First Responder – (80 Hours)

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Course Information

Advanced Wilderness First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments.

This course has become a minimum standard for outdoor professionals who work in a wilderness setting. Course content extends far beyond urban-based first aid programs to include elements inherent in working on remote sites beyond the reach of Emergency Medical Services.

Topics Covered

WFA theory and practice, with a special emphasis on accident scene management, group leadership, rescuer responsibility and liability, prevention of injuries, advanced first aid kits, wound management and managing the trauma victim.


Certification is valid for three years. To recertify this course, you must take a Wilderness First Aid (20 hours) before the expiry date on your card.

Important Information
  • Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 19 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.
  • This course will take place entirely in Whistler or Squamish (BC)

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.

  • Day 1 – 8:30am to 5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 2 – 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Day 3 – 8:30am to 5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 4 – 8:30am to 5:30pm


  • 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

Not Included: Transportation, Food.

Duration: 40 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. 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.

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
First Aid in the Workplace
Remote Environments
Leadership Considerations
Responsibility and Liability
Medico-Legal Issues
Emergency Scene Management
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Preventing Disease Transmission

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Homeostasis
  • Surface anatomy
  • Body systems


  • Types of shock
  • Management of shock
  • Evacuation guidelines
  • Long-term patient care

Patient Moving and Transportation

  • Rolls
  • Drags
  • Lifts
  • Carries and litters

Patient Assessment System (SOAP)

Primary Survey

  • Dealing with life-threatening conditions
  • Assessment of ABCs


  • Adult, child
  • Airway obstruction
  • Wilderness considerations

Secondary Survey

  • Vital signs
  • Physical exam
  • Medical history
  • Accident report and recording
  • Ongoing assessment

Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Types of bleeding
  • Types of wounds
  • Burns
  • Blisters
  • Wound management
  • Bandaging and dressings
  • Long-term wound care

Traumatic Injuries

  • Mechanism of injury
  • Eye injuries
  • Teeth injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Abdominal injuries

Environmental Emergencies

  • Cold-related illnesses
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Immersion foot
  • Heat-related illnesses
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Hyperthermia
  • Cold water immersion
  • Dehydration / rehydration
  • Bites and stings
  • Submersion accidents
  • Lightning
  • Snow blindness

First Aid Kits and Supplies
Medication Considerations
Backcountry Water Disinfection

Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Assessment
  • Strains
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Immobilization and splinting

Medical Emergencies

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Non-traumatic abdominal emergencies
  • Asthma
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis


Course Debriefing

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