Wilderness & Remote First Aid Training is an awesome fall learning experience!
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 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 20hour course starts with the foundations of first aid and challenges you to manage an emergency for 6 hours or more – possibly overnight.
Foundations of First Aid
- Patient assessment – from Start to Finish and Top to Bottom
- Shock management – minimize it before it’s irreversable
- 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 – using anything but sticks! 🙂
- 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!
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. 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.
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 encouraged 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!
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.