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

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Wilderness First Aid Training Outdoors Western Canada


  • Cost:
  • $279

Location: Whistler  Duration: 2 Days  Fitness: Average  Ability: Introductory  Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years old  

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on backcountry day trips or short adventures. 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: 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

Wilderness First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for outdoor enthusiasts who venture into remote and challenging environments.

Wilderness First Aid is designed for individuals who work in remote regions outside the immediate range of emergency medical services. The course provides participants with an introduction to wilderness first aid, with an emphasis on prevention, practical skills, decision making and dealing with environmental conditions.

Course content is adapted inconsultation with the client to reflect the reality of the client’s work environment. The program includes CPR/AED Heart Saver for the Lay Rescuer.

Topics Covered

Patient assessment, shock, wound management, burns, fractures and sprains, environmental injuries, common medical problems, first aid kits.


Certification is valid for three years. To recertify this course, you must take another Wilderness First Aid (20 hours).

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

  • Wilderness First Aid Field Guidebook
  • SOAP Notebook

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
Review of Principal Body Systems
Emergency Scene Management
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Preventing Disease Transmission
Patient Assessment System (SOAP)

  • Primary survey
  • Secondary survey
  • Vital signs
  • Physical exam
  • Accident report and recording
  • Ongoing assessment


  • Adult, child
  • Airway obstruction
  • Wilderness considerations


  • Long-term patient care

Patient Moving and Transportation

Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Types of bleeding
  • Types of wounds
  • Burns
  • Blisters
  • Wound management
  • Bandaging and dressings

Traumatic Injuries

  • Head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Abdominal injuries

First Aid Kits and Supplies

Backcountry Water Disinfection

Day 2

Medical Emergencies

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis

Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Assessment
  • Sprains, strains, fractures
  • Immobilization and splinting

Environmental Emergencies

  • Cold-related illnesses
  • Heat-related illnesses
  • Lightning
  • Submersion accidents
  • Bites and stings


Course Debriefing

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