Wilderness First Responder - Mountain Skills Academy - Whistler, BC

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Advanced Wilderness First Aid


  • Cost:
  • $999

Location: Whistler  Duration: 8 Days  Fitness: Average  Ability: Introductory  Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years old  

The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. This is the nationally recognized certification course. It is respected as a standard for many outdoor guiding industry leaders.

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) / Bridge to Wilderness First Responder – (50 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!

Wilderness First Responder is designed for search and rescue personnel and outdoor professionals working in remote settings and those requiring a solid foundation in wilderness pre-hospital emergency care. Course curriculum is at the level of the Emergency Medical Responder with an emphasis on prevention, practical skills, decision making and dealing with environmental conditions.

Topics Covered

In addition to reviewing material covered in the 40-hour program, this course covers traumatic injuries, incident command, long-term patient care, leader responsibility and liability, advanced first aid kits, wound cleaning, evacuation procedures, helicopter safety, altitude, search and rescue, and working with Emergency Medical Services. The program includes CPR/AED for the Health Care Provider.


Certification is valid for three years. To recertify this course, you must take a Bridge to Wilderness First Responder course (50 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 18 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-5:30pm
  • Day 2: 8:30am-5:30pm +6pm-10pm
  • Day 3: 9am-6pm
  • Day 4: 8:30am-5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 5: 9am-7pm
  • Day 6: 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Day 7: 8:30am-5:30pm + 6pm-10pm
  • Day 8: 9:00am-6:00pm

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

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Homeostasis
  • Surface anatomy
  • Body systems


  • Types of shock
  • Management of shock

Evacuation Guidelines

  • Long-term patient care
  • Patient packaging

Emergency Scene Management
Patient Assessment System (SOAP)

Primary Survey

  • Dealing with life-threatening conditions
  • Assessment of ABCs

Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider)

  • Choking and airway obstruction
  • Airway management
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Bag valve masks
  • Use of AED
  • Wilderness considerations

Adjuncts to Airway Management

  • Oropharyngeal airways
  • Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Manual suction device

Introduction to Oxygen Administration

  • Indication for oxygen delivery
  • Oxygen delivery equipment

Secondary Survey

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

Soft Tissues Injuries

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

First Aid Kits and Supplies

  • Leader’s essentials
  • General considerations

Medication Considerations
Backcountry Water Disinfection

Traumatic Injuries

  • Mechanism of injury
  • Facial and head injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Spinal boards
  • Cervical collars
  • Improvised collars

Traumatic Injuries

  • Chest Injuries
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Pelvic Injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries

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

Patient Moving and Transportation

  • Rolls
  • Drags
  • Lifts
  • Carries and litters

Environmental Emergencies

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

Search and Rescue

  • Working with EMS
  • Incident Command System

Medical Emergencies

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Non-traumatic abdominal emergencies
  • Asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Poisons and toxins
  • Genitourinary emergencies

Special Considerations

  • Psychological and emotional trauma
  • Risk management and hazard evaluation
  • Common backcountry problems


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