Wilderness First Responder Recertification: Alberta
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Banff / Canmore

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Wilderness First Responder Recertification Western Canada

Summary

  • Cost:
  • Wilderness First Responder Recertification: $450
  • CPR: $55

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 4 Days   Fitness: Average   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Wilderness First Responder  

There are three options for recertifying your 80-hour Wilderness First Responder. We offer stand-alone recert courses (24 hours) or often deliver a recert in conjunction with the last four days of a WFR. You can also take a Bridge course to recertify your WFR. Finally, you can book a private course over three or four days – your choice!

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Course Information

Students can expect three or four full, intense days of instruction. Be prepared to focus on the course material, including evening review. It is not possible to engage in any other significant activity (ie: a job or school) while participating in this course.

There are three options for recertifying your 80-hour Wilderness First Responder. We offer stand-alone recert courses (24 hours) or often deliver a recert in conjunction with the last four days of a WFR. You can also take a Bridge course to recertify your WFR. Finally, you can book a private course over three or four days – your choice!

To summarize your options:

  • “Stand-alone” WFR Re-cert (24 hours/3 days)
  • WFR Recertification in conjunction with a full WFR (32 hours/4 days)
  • Bridge Course (32 hours/4 days)

Eligibility

In order to qualify as a re-cert, the participant must hold a current WFR certification with a minimum of 64 hours of continual training (cumulative training hours from different courses are not eligible). Previous training may be from any recognized organization, provided that the course was taken not more than three years prior to the date of re-certification. Any exceptions to these conditions must be discussed with our office at time of registration. The Instructor will need to see the original certification and if no proof of certification is available, or prior approval has not been obtained from our office, the student will not be eligible for re-certification.

Certification Standards

To receive certification as a Wilderness First Responder, students will be required to pass the written and practical final exams as well as satisfactorily perform the skills within the scope of Wilderness First Responder training. The written exam is the same exam used on all 80 hour Wilderness First Responder courses, and the passing score is 80% or better. A comprehensive review package will be mailed to the student and must be completed before the start of the course.

The days begin at either 08:30 or 09:00, the venue location will be given via email upon course registration

We will start with in-class work, and move to more practical, hands-on sessions that are outdoors in the afternoon

One hour is provided for lunch

The day is approximately eight hours with a break for lunch

We cover a tremendous amount of information in these courses and in order to attain certification, 100% attendance is required. Also, anyone more than 30 minutes late for a class without the prior consent of the instructor may not be allowed to continue with the course for safety reasons, and out of respect for other participants

  • Notebook and pencil/pen
  • Watch with a second-hand for taking vitals
  • Indoor/outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather – it is the student’s responsibility to keep warm and dry
  • Footwear for rough terrain

*All other equipment including First Aid Kits, CPR essentials, and an assortment of popular backcountry gear will all be provided by the course instructor

* For the recertification course this curriculum will be modified due to time constraints

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • Prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management
  • Patient Assessment and Emergency Care
  • CPR, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of analphylaxis and asthma
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Assessment and treatment of altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion and toxins
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Assessment and Treatment of common medical problems
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
  • Unstable and stable injuiries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations
  • Wound Management
  • Open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
  • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging and medical kit preparation
  • Patient Packaging and Transport
  • Improvised spine boarding and litters, litter carrying and management, and other carrying techniques
  • Simulations
  • Fully “moulaged” scenarios (realistic theatrical make-up and props)
  • Video-recorded for extensive analysis and debrief
  • WMA Wilderness Protocols
  • Wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, anaphylaxis and asthma.
  • Conclusion

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

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 National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also 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 course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

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 WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
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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