March 26-28 | 40hr WFA RECERTIFICATION


THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  Please inquire for wait list and future dates. 



  • Friday March 26: 6:30 – 9:00pm ZOOM
  • Saturday March 20th:  10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sunday March 21st:  8:30am – 6:30pm

LOCATION:  Tentative: St. Volodymyr Camp off Highway 60 –  Location to be confirmed closer to course and directions will be communicated with registered students.

WEATHER DEPENDING OVERNIGHT: Possible to do overnight camping for those who wish.  Will discuss as a group closer to and with more reliable forecast.

COST:  $200 + GST


Students will be expected to be self-sufficient for the course.  Food, water, personal clothing needs, etc.  A “DAY PACk” of sorts that is similar to what you may reasonably take with you on your own outdoor adventures is necessary.  We encourage students to improvise using what they have however Back40 does provide larger equipment to practice with like tarps, sleeping bags, and ground pads.

HELMETS:  Each student is encouraged to bring any outdoor sport helmet they might have (cycling, ATV/Snowmobile, climbing, paddling, etc)

A detailed course outline and what to bring will be sent to all participants after registration is complete.

CERTIFICATION / RE-Certification:  

Canadian Red Cross 40hr Wilderness First Aid RECERTIFICATION – valid 3yrs

PRE-REQUISITES: 40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid


Do you have a current 40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid?

This RECERTIFICATION allows anyone with a CURRENT 40hr ADVANCED Wilderness First Aid to Recertify. 

This course is for you if:

  • You have a current 40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid 
  • You participate in high risk or high impact backcountry activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, remote paddling, snowmobiling, ATV riding, horseback riding, multi-day backcountry trips etc
  • You generally seek adventure in backcountry settings that could require 24-48hr wait for rescue assistance
  • You are motivated to progressively improve your first aid skill set
  • You are in a position of Leadership in a backcountry group (guide, teacher, trip leader, camp counsellor, event leader)

Priority from the 40hr WFA to re-evaluate:

  • Helmet removals
  • Discontinuing Spinal Precautions
  • Realigning Fractures
  • Managing more traumatic injuries to pelvis & femur, compound injuries
  • Reducing Shoulder Dislocations
  • Basic splinting skills
  • Medical emergencies
  • Bleeding management
  • CPR / Choking

Students will be required to demonstrate their retention of their skills and knowledge with little instruction.  Any student not demonstrating good retention of their skills who cannot successfully meet the evaluation criteria may be asked to attend a full course again.

You will be recertified in the Canadian Red Cross 40hr Wilderness First Aid inc CPR/AED

  • valid for 3 years
  • meets Occupational Health & Safety requirements

Our Class is OUTDOORS!

We take great pride in using our outdoor classroom places to enhance the content of the Wilderness First Aid program.  Every minute spent outdoors adds real life value to the content.    This varies on location and season. All courses will have a back-up indoor option for when weather is unfavourable for the less active content.  We will ALWAYS have outdoor components even if we are set up indoors for some of the content.


The schedule for this course is adjusted to allow for content that can be experienced in the dark.  Please see class schedule and inquire with Back40.  A potential exists for those who wish to camp to do so – weather depending.


We also ask that each participant bring a “day pack” that would be similar to what you would carry on a day trip or work trip outdoors so that you can use items you would likely have with you.  There is no wrong way to do anything when you are improvising.

  • A detailed WHAT TO BRING list will be sent to course participants upon registration and closer to the course date.
  • Some sport specific items are helpful in this course:  PFD, Climbing tools like slings/webbing, hiking poles, etc.
  • HELMET – All students are encouraged to bring any personal sport helmet they may have for their activities.  This allows the class to practice a variety of helmet removal skills.


You likely do not have the NEW EDITION of the Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote Field Guide (2020).  If you do not – this can be provided at an additional cost.


Did you hear about Covid?

Covid precautions are something our entire society has come to adopt and should not be unfamiliar to our incoming students.  Back40 closely monitors current Saskatchewan Health Directives as well as guidelines outlined by the Canadian Red Cross.  The effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19 is a community effort and therefore our strategies are communicated with each class after registration and ongoing throughout the class.  Students adoption of our strategies and their contribution to the collective health and low risk experience in Back40 classes is the key to our continued Covid free learning environment. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly for more details.