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Travelling into the wilderness or remote areas is becoming both popular and accessible. It is essential to plan and train not only for the adventure, but also for the “just in case” and “worse case scenarios”. When help is delayed, your immediate first aid actions can make a difference. We want to make sure you are prepared.

We have partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). WMA has set the standard in wilderness medicine for over 30 years. Their thought-provoking curriculum is updated by a group of healthcare professionals and is recognized around the world.

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Wilderness First Aid
"I not only learned snowshoeing techniques, but was educated in winter hazards, navigation, wildlife and plant life. Not only was it fun but it was educational and gave me a greater sense of confidence in the winter wilderness."
BEV CERVO
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

Learn advanced medical treatments for wilderness settings. The emphasis is on providing care for extended periods of time while awaiting for additional resources.

The course will be both in class and outdoors. The course will be held in and around Crowsnest Pass. More specific details will be sent out in the student handbook after registration.

This course is taught by highly trained WMA professionals in the medical industry.

Prerequisites:
Students must be at least 16 years or older. If under 18 years of age, written consent is required by the parent or guardian.

Included materials:
* The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
* SOAP Notebook
* The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
* Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) curriculum is written in-house by a team of professionals with Wilderness Medic Association (WMA). The course content is reviewed annually and is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training in the world.

The course will be both in class and outdoors. The course will be held in and around Crowsnest Pass. More specific details will be sent out in the student handbook after registration.

Prerequisites:
Students must be at least 16 years or older. If under 18 years of age, written consent is required by the parent or guardian.

No previous experience is necessary. A student can take the Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and bridge to the Wilderness First Responder within 3 years of taking the WAFA training.

Included materials:
* Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
* The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
* Wilderness Medicine Workbook
* SOAP Notebook
* Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

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Bridge Course (WAFA to WFR)

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the WAFA to a WFR in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The course content is reviewed annually and is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training in the world.

The course will be both in class and outdoors. The course will be held in and around Crowsnest Pass. More specific details will be sent out in the student handbook after registration.

This course is taught by highly trained WMA professionals in the medical industry.

Prerequisites:
Students must be at least 16 years or older. If under 18 years of age, written consent is required by the parent or guardian.

Must have a current WAFA certification received within 3 years of the Bridge course.

Students will have access to the pre-course assignments 2-4 weeks prior to the course. Students should complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course, but it will not be a part of the final grade.

Included materials:
* Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
* The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
* Wilderness Medicine Workbook
* SOAP Notebook
* Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

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Open Recertification (WFR)

This course is to recertify for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or to recertify your equivalent 80 hour wilderness first aid. If you have an 80 hour course from a provider other than WMA, please contact us prior to booking to ensure equivalency. This can be a fast-paced course and we want to aid in your success.

The course will be both in class and outdoors. The course will be held in and around Crowsnest Pass. More specific details will be sent out in the student handbook after registration.

This course is taught by highly trained WMA professionals in the medical industry.

Prerequisites:
Students must be at least 16 years or older. If under 18 years of age, written consent is required by the parent or guardian.

Must have a current WFR certification or equivalent received within 3 years of the recertification course.

Students will have access to the pre-course assignments 2-4 weeks prior to the course. Students should complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course, but it will not be a part of the final grade.

Included materials:
* Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
* The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
* Wilderness Medicine Workbook
* SOAP Notebook
* Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

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