May 24-26| 40hr WFA UPGRADE (20hr Pre-Requisite)



  • May 24th 6:30-9pm
  • Saturday May 25-26th – 8:30am-6:30pm (with some variance on Saturday to accommodate an evening scenario in the dark)

LOCATION:  Rural park location 20 min outside Saskatoon near Pike Lake. We do have indoor shelter from weather. We will HIKE IN from our parking area –  How fun & authentic!  Location disclosed to registered participants. 

CAMPING – Please camp if you wish! Lots of fire wood, heated indoor facility as a back-up.  

COST:  $275+gst (Does NOT include new manual – please bring your old one)

40hr RECERTIFICATION:  If you need to RECERTIFY a current 40 hour certificate this course will suffice for you!  Please email – cost will be $245.00 or Register HERE.


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.

Students WILL NEED to be prepared to spend the days outside.  Regardless of the weather.  For all day rain events we will try to organize an indoor space – but you might also end up under tarps!

Students should be self-sufficient for camping but please do not hesitate to inquire if you need any particular gear!

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

CERTIFICATION / RE-Certification:  

Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid inc. CPR/AED – valid 3yrs

PRE-REQUISITES: 20hr Remote First Aid (current) or 40hr Wilderness First Aid (needing Recert)


Do you LEAD, GUIDE, or participate in high risk activities in REMOTE places?

No one plans to get hurt.  So when we choose to pursue work or recreation in the outdoors, it is reasonable to assume that a certain amount of risk is always present.  That shouldn’t mean we do not go out and enjoy the thrill of adventure or the beauty of our backcountry.   Being more practically prepared and trusting in your own good sense can have a huge impact on how a backcountry emergency is managed.

This UPGRADE course expands upon the 20hr Remote First Aid to include skills you did not learn in that first course.  It is also focused on decision making and leadership – an essential skill development when you are responsible for other people in the backcountry.

This course is also for those who participate in higher risk activity that can result in more life threatening injuries on the person.  Management of severe trauma in backcountry or remote settings is not simple.  Adding depth to your skill set may increase your confidence and application of solutions when in a traumatic situation.

If you currently have a 20hr Remote First Aid you are eligible to participate in this UPGRADE course to bridge to the 40hr Wilderness First Aid.  You will be certified in the 40hr Wilderness First Aid inc. CPR-C/AED Upgrade

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

Wilderness First Aid content:

  • Patient assessment – expanding to add more details on vitals and long term patient care
  • Bleeding control – Wound Packing NEW
  • Advanced Fracture Management – Knee splinting, femur fractures, when to attempt re-alignment
  • Pelvic injuries – stabilization
  • Shoulder Dislocations – when and how to attempt reducing
  • Triage, long term care, group health and DECISION MAKING
  • All the rest!

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.

What to Bring?

We 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.
  • A personal helmet, PFD, and other recreational sporting gear is beneficial in this course.
  • Students must bring their own food, water, camp chairs, and personal needs.


CURRENT 20hr Remote First Aid.  (must show proof if not a Back40 Alumni, must not be expired)

Your willingness to join an outdoor class and enjoy the fresh air learning experience we plan to provide you is all that we ask!