April 20-24 | 40hr Wilderness First Aid aka ADVANCED WFA



  • Wednesday April 20th: 5:30-8:00pm
  • Thursday April 21st:  8:30-6:30pm (no evening content)
  • Friday April 22nd: 8:30-6:30pm (no evening content planned)
  • Saturday April 23rd: 8:30am – overnight with evening content planned
  • Sunday April 24th:  ends 5:30pm

NOTE: Students may camp for the duration of this course.  Thursday and Friday evenings will be free for the students to have their own time.  Saturday will take an extended supper/social break and will have evening content & scenarios.  Students choosing not to camp must still attend the evening content on Saturday.

LOCATION:  Saskatoon area

OVERNIGHT INFO:  This course has the option for all students to camp overnight – every night.  Wed/Thurs/Fri are shared dates with students may only be doing the first 20hrs.  Saturday & Sunday are for anyone who is completing 40hrs, upgrading from their current 20hrs or recertifying their 40hr course.  Saturday night will have a late evening component.  More details will be communicated with each registrant.


Our intent with this course schedule is to allow students to have their evenings free (except Saturday night for class content).  This allows you to explore the park, enjoy some quiet time or leave for the evening too. Back40 is NOT planning any content for any evening other than Saturday night.

COST:  $485 + 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 inc CPR/AED – valid 3yrs



This course is for you if:

  • You are in a position of Leadership in a backcountry group (guide, teacher, trip leader, camp counsellor, event leader)
  • 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

Added content not in 20hr Course:

  • Long term care of implements and possible removal of
  • Helmet removals
  • Discontinuing Spinal Precautions
  • Realigning Fractures
  • Managing more traumatic injuries to pelvis & femur, compound injuries
  • Reducing Shoulder Dislocations
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Pneumonia and other worsening medical illness in the backcountry
  • Long term wound care strategies
  • When possible:  night scenario (Back40 added value!)

This course will also require students to demonstrate basic skills they acquired in their 20hr Remote First Aid.  All skills progress on each other.

You will be certified 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.


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.