AUG 25-27| WOMENS ONLY 20HR @ Hunter Valley WITH Rafting!


Join us at Hunter Valley Adventure Camp (Near Sundre, AB – not in SK!)

This “Women’s Only” Remote First Aid Course is open to all women – queer, trans, gay, bi, pan, fluid, cis. Our goal is to provide a dynamic and supportive environment to safely share the unique perspectives and knowledge bases of each other while applying the practical skills in a hands-on environment. Hunter Valley Adventures is proud to be a safe space for the LGBTQ2S+ community.  

Optional “Rafting Recess Adventure” – HVA Guides are able to take those wanting a white water rafting experience on the Upper Red Deer River for an additional fee! 

DATES:  Friday August 25th 10am – Sunday August 27th 5pm

SCHEDULE: Course content will delivered in a relaxed manner throughout the duration of the weekend together.  Rafting will either occur Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon depending on group health, weather, and other contributing factors.  In order to provide a well rounded experience there will be content/scenarios in the evening to experience learning as it gets dark.  Social time and evening fires will be factored into the experience as well.  For those who choose not to raft – they can enjoy free time around camp!

INVESTMENT:  $385 + gst (plus $100+ gst if Rafting)


  • 20hr Canadian Red Cross Remote First Aid inc CPR-C/AED (valid 3 years)
  • Waterproof manual, supplement materials, and practice first aid supplies
  • Back40 gift
  • 2 nights accommodation at HVA (shared cabin or tenting)
  • Access to HVA camp facilities for cooking, shelter, and hygiene
  • A weekend camping in the mountains and learning new skills with an awesome group of outdoorsy people like you!
  • If we are really lucky – a Yoga session with Kelly!
  • NOTE:  Food/drinks NOT included
  • NOTE:  Must have own bedding (cabins) / tenting gear if tenting


  • 4-4.5h Guided Raft Adventure on the Upper Red Deer River: +$100+gst
  • Additional night stays at camp: +$30/night/person
  • Nearing the event we will confirm with all registered participants if they will be rafting and needing any extra nights accommodation.  Fees will be collected for these two additions closer to the event. 


  • The cost of Rafting is an additional $100 for those wanting to participate ($120 for 2023 season).  A Hunter Valley Guide will be leading the trip.
  • Rafting is tentatively scheduled for 1-4pm on either Friday or Saturday afternoon as a “Recess” break and will depend on weather and group.
  • Rafting equipment (PFD, helmets, wetsuits etc) included in $100 fee
  • Those who do not wish to Raft can enjoy the camp and surroundings for personal time


  • Minimum 6 persons needed for course to run.
  • Maximum 24 persons.
  • Food & beverages NOT included.
  • Cabins will be shared accommodations depending on registrations.
  • Cabin bunks have mattresses but no bedding – please bring your own.
  • If tenting – please be self sufficient.
  • Detailed Itinerary and Packing List will be sent after registration.

Cancellation Policy
A full refund minus a $25 processing fee will be given up to 14 days prior to event.
No refunds will be given within 14 days of event start time.  Registration fees can be transferred to a different individual for this date/event only. 

Questions – email before registering



20hr Remote First Aid & Rafting Adventure with Hunter Valley Adventures

Kelly with Hunter Valley Adventures and Rebecca (Back40) are teaming up again to host a Remote First Aid at Kelly’s camp – Hunter Valley Adventures on the Upper Red Deer River in Treaty 7 Territory.  This is the second time Kelly and Rebecca have partnered to host this important learning opportunity in a place that is genuinely remote and an authentic outdoor adventure facility.

This “Women’s Only” Remote First Aid Course is open to all women – queer, trans, gay, bi, pan, fluid, cis. Our goal is to provide a dynamic and supportive environment to safely share the unique perspectives and knowledge bases of each other while applying the practical skills in a hands-on environment. Hunter Valley Adventures is proud to be a safe space for the LGBTQ2S+ community.

This course will introduce the first aid knowledge and tools relevant to backcountry settings and outdoor activities.  Participants will learn core concepts and explore improvisation and creative problem solving for common backcountry injuries / illnesses. A combination of skill practice and scenario based learning will challenge students and foster confidence in their own good sense.  As in all Back40 courses, there is always encouragement to play and enjoy the nuances of skill based learning as a group.

Your Instructor: 

Rebecca has been immersed in the field of first aid since her early days as a Lifeguard.  Through experience and opportunity, Rebecca has pursued adventure in the backcountry for many years and has expanded her skills to guide others.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, x-country skiing, paddling, climbing, and snowmobiling all draw her to the outdoors when not in courses.   Now, a mother, entrepreneur, guide and a 12 year volunteer with Saskatoon Search and Rescue, she blends preparedness and responsible pursuits of activities into all her course content.  Rebecca met Kelly at their first collaboration in 2018 – a Women’s Only 20hr Course hosted at the Hunter Valley camp.  Many friendships were made in that course with lasting connections.  Gathering on the land Hunter Valley is situated on in Treaty 7 territory, sharing common concerns and desires to learn, enjoying the natural space that surrounds this camp, and enjoying the uniqueness that each person shares with the group is a highlight of a course at Hunter Valley.

Your Host:

Kelly Beaton is an educator, outdoor guide, entrepreneur, mother, wife, settler of European descent, and bisexual with over 25 years experience in the Outdoor Industry. With a passion for water sports and all things in the forest, she believes strongly in risk mitigation and being prepared. Born in Treaty 6 territory and raised in both Treaty 7 and 6, she is a passionate advocate for the land and building a relationship with the spaces that we occupy. She’s excited to share the space she gets to play in and call home here on Treaty 7 land, specifically the territory of the Iyaxe Nakoda Nations. Treaty 7 also includes the Blackfoot Confederacy – Siksika, Kainai, Pikani, the Tsuut’ina, and the Metis Nation (Region 3)

This weekend is the perfect option if you:

  • Have never taken a Remote First Aid or need to refresh/recertify
  • Want to take a first aid course in a remote place but have a few camp luxuries as well
  • Wish to experience a weekend getting an important certification WHILE also having a mini adventure
  • Enjoy being off grid for a few days

Canadian Red Cross 20hr Remote First Aid inc. CPR-C/AED (valid 3 years) – Back40 delivers this course in a very engaged and active manner.  There will be no powerpoint presentations in this particular class!

  • Backcountry preparedness for emergencies
  • Trip Planning (A template will be sent to each participant to be completed prior to the start of course)
  • First Aid Kits & Supplies for backcountry activities
  • CPR as it relates to backcountry emergencies
  • Managing severe bleeding, tourniquets
  • Splinting and Bandaging – for self extrication and while awaiting rescue
  • Moving patients
  • Environmental emergencies – Heat and Cold
  • Spinal precautions as they relate to backcountry emergencies
  • Long term care strategies
  • Things that concern you!