Wilderness First Responder - (80 Hours)
Canada’s top-tier, professional wilderness responder training.
WFR is Canada’s top-tier training for anyone taking on a professional role in wilderness environments, or anyone who spends extensive time working, playing, or adventuring in remote environments
This course is held in collaboration with Coast Wilderness Medical Training.
WFR is Canada’s top-tier training for anyone taking on a professional role in wilderness environments, or anyone who spends extensive time working, playing, or adventuring in remote environments. As a Wilderness First Responder you will be trained to a professional standard, including being able to use professional tools such as oxygen, airway adjuncts, and more!
You'll also have plenty of practice responding to emergencies with limited resources to simulate a true wilderness environment. After your WFR course, regardless of the gear you carry, you will certainly have a wealth of knowledge that will allow you to confidently and competently manage all kinds of accidents and medical emergencies, wherever they appear. This course is designed to be intensive and challenging- training you can rely on and an experience you won’t forget!
None - there are no training or certification prerequisites for this course.
We supply all first aid gear and other necessary learning materials for the course. On the first day of class you will receive your own copy of the Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Field Guide.
80 Hours over 9 days, including evening and overnight scenarios.
Course Delivery:All of our WFR courses meet Canadian Red Cross guidelines of 80+ hours of in-class training.
- Online WFR Foundations Pre-Study: Upon registration, you will be given access to our online WFR Foundations course. This self-paced pre-study takes approximately 8 hours to complete.
- Pre-Course Zoom Session: Meet your instructors and classmates, discuss expectations, and get a jump start on your learning in this 2 hour Zoom meeting. Takes place Tuesday evening of the week your course begins. More details will be provided upon registration.
- In-Person Learning: 9 consecutive days, Friday - Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM, plus a late evening scenario on Day 2, and an overnight on Day 6. Most of the course is held outdoors - rain, snow, sleet or shine!
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.
- Pen/pencil and notebook (recommended)
- First Aid/Guide’s pack if you have one
- Red Cross Wilderness First Responder (3 years)
- Red Cross Basic Life Support (HCP) (1 year)*
- Red Cross CPR-C/AED (3 years)
Recertification is performed over an intensive 4-day period, and requires an unexpired 80+ hour WFR certification.
Full participation in the course is expected. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on your progress throughout the course. If you have any learning requirements, please reach out to your instructor at the start of the course so that they can support you as best they can. You will also need to complete two practical assessments and a multiple choice assessment (100 questions) during the course to officially certify as a Wilderness First Responder.
Industry Recognition: Coast Wilderness Medical’s 80 hour Wilderness First Responder course is recognized by the following organizations:
- BC Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board: Earn 40 continuing education credits.
- Association of Canadian Mountain Guides: Qualifying prerequisite for the ACMG Training & Assessment Program.
- Canadian Ski Guides: Qualifying prerequisite for CSGI Level 1.
- Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC: Qualifying prerequisite for SKGABC’s Level 2 or 3 Guide Programs.
- Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia: Qualifying prerequisite for RCABC Canoe Expedition Guide certification.
- Professional Mountain Biker Instructor Association: Qualifying prerequisite for all levels of PMBIA courses.
The important details:
Season: Spring & Fall
Duration: 9 Days
Price: $995/per person
Dates coming soon…
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