May1 & 29| 20hr Remote First Aid – Split Days


This is a SPLIT DATE course and will be hosted at two different locations within the Meewasin Valley trail system in Saskatoon.  Participants should expect to be on-foot (or bike if you wish) and we will hike/bike to a location away from a parking site.  This is a great and authentic way to learn first aid away from the urban amenities!  You will need to bring your own day pack, food/water, and be self-sufficient for the day!


  • Sunday May 1st:  8:30am – 6:30pm
  • Sunday May 1st: 8:30am-6:30pm

LOCATION:  Saskatoon – Local spot in the Meewasin Valley park system along the river.  Exact location will be communicated closer to the course date.

COST:  $275 + 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 bike ride is necessary.  We will not be going back to vehicles or parking lots during the class.

We encourage students to improvise using what they have therefore Back40 asks that all participants pack a day pack for hiking/riding but also enhance it to include items that you may take on colder/longer days so that you  can experiment with all options.

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

CERTIFICATION / RE-Certification:  

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

  • Please inquire if you are needing a RE-CERTIFICATION for this certificate.



Do you play, work, adventure, or live 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.

Our courses are designed to challenge you to use good sense, your own gear, and first aid best practices.  The majority of backcountry mishaps will be things you can treat and continue on as planned (and you likely already know this!).  Others may require more elaborate care and emergency evacuation.  This will all take time.    This 20 hour course starts with the foundations of first aid and challenges you to manage an emergency in a remote setting for 6 hours or more – possibly overnight.

You will be certified in the Canadian Red Cross Remote First Aid inc CPR/AED

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

Remote First Aid content:

  • Patient assessment – from Start to Finish and Top to Bottom
  • Shock management – minimize it before it’s irreversible
  • Bleeding control and tourniquet use – you cannot replace blood in the backcountry
  • Wound management and dressing in the backcountry – make better “bandaids”!
  • Fractures & Basic Splinting – improvise for patient comfort and mobility
  • Hot and Cold emergencies – they can be worse than you think!
  • Impalements – when to leave them alone and how to stabilize them when needed
  • Choking Emergencies – we all eat in the backcountry!
  • Allergic reactions – minor and severe
  • Trauma – the stuff you can’t fix and how small things matter
  • CPR / AED – although very few will have an AED in the backcountry we will still cover it for all our front country emergencies too
  • How to “hurry up and wait” – backcountry rescues take TIME!
  • 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.
  • Students must bring their own food, water, camp chairs, and personal needs.


There are no pre-requisites to this class.  Having “first aid training” prior to the class allows students to build upon their current foundation but the content is appropriate for anyone.  Youth under 16 are required to attend with a parent.

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