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Red Cross Wilderness First Aid is 20 hours of no-nonsense training that prepares you to manage backcountry emergencies. Our WFA is taught by experienced medical professionals with an infectious love of wilderness medicine - & of designing gnarly scenarios! This is fun, challenging, hands-on training that you won’t forget - join us for a weekend, & learn to act effectively in medical emergencies, even when rescue is hours away!

Everyone is welcome - there are no prerequisites for Red Cross Wilderness First Aid!


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Vancouver Courses


WFA begins with a Friday evening classroom session, then outdoors all weekend!

Dec. 6 - 8, 2019 (Pacific Spirit)

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

Feb. 21 - 23, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

Mar. 20 - 22, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

Apr. 17 - 19, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

May. 8 - 10, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

June 26 -28, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

July 17 - 19, 2020 (Pacific Spirit)

Red Cross 20 Hr WFA (Vancouver)
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Squamish Courses

Red Cross 20 Hr WFA (Squamish)
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Squamish WFA begins with a Friday evening classroom session, then outdoors all weekend!

Dec. 20 - 22, 2019

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2020

Mar. 27 - Mar. 29, 2020


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Course Information

Course Ethos

Gain the confidence you need to make informed decisions in emergencies when rescue is hours or days away! If you work, live or play in the backcountry, Wilderness First Aid will prepare you to manage medical emergencies when resources are scarce and rescue could be hours away. Don’t expect rigid protocols - a focus on basic principles, simple but effective techniques, and informed decision making is at the heart of our instructing philosophy.

Schedule & Locations

The 20 hour WFA is typically taught over 2½ days,

Vancouver

Day 1: 5 PM - 9 PM at the CWMT Vancouver Training Center (8168 Granville St, #200, Vancouver).

Days 2 & 3: 9 AM - 5 PM, Entirely outdoors in beautiful Pacific Spirit Park.

Squamish

Day 1: 5 PM - 9 PM at Quest University (3200 University Blvd, Squamish).

Days 2 & 3: 9 AM - 5 PM, Entirely outdoors in one of our stunning outdoors classrooms.*

*We have several outdoor options to choose from among the mountains, forests and rivers of Squamish. An exact location will be chosen based on weather and usage by other groups, and announced as course dates approach. All locations are within 15 minutes of Quest University.

Group Classes

Alternative dates can easily be arranged - contact us to discuss your needs.

The course has a maximum of 12 students - if there are more than 12 students, there will be 2 instructors.

Certifications

Successful completion of the course earns you a Wilderness & Remote First Aid with CPR C certificate from the Canadian Red Cross, valid for 3 years.

If you would like to add a Standard First Aid certification, please let us know when you register.

Recertification

Recertification is conducted over 8 hours; you must hold an unexpired WFA certificate on that day to recertify.


Course Outline

For a detailed course agenda and outline, click here to download a PDF of the course outline.


Student feedback

Amazing team of instructors. They don't just share their experiences and knowledge verbally but throw you into real world scenarios and let you gain skill and confidence. Classes go hand in hand with students and instructors so you don't just sit down and listen, and they leave no questions unanswered :)
Ismail E.

I want to complement Quinn on being an outstanding instructor. She was knowledgeable, energetic, and creative in her scenarios! I also appreciated having a women instructor, and commend Coast for reflecting the diversity of people who play and work in our BC wilderness.
Carole C.

The course content is vast in scope and extremely relevant to our situation. Every moment of learning was interesting. The instructors were outstanding, they know and love their craft. I also appreciated the learning environment - the course was taken seriously by everyone involved, but we still had time to laugh, connect, and have fun.
Kiley R.

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Where You Train

Most courses take place in beautiful Pacific Spirit Park - easily accessible by car, bike or public transit, but feels like you are hours from the city! Public toilets are available on site.


your Instructor Team

Dr. Iona Liddicoat  is a UK trained physician experienced in emergency and wilderness medicine. She has supported medical expeditions from the Amazonian tropics to the gnarliest mountains in Scotland and Wales.

Dr. Iona Liddicoat is a UK trained physician experienced in emergency and wilderness medicine. She has supported medical expeditions from the Amazonian tropics to the gnarliest mountains in Scotland and Wales.

Mark van Eijk (PCP-IV, BSc)  is a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service and former science tutor with experience providing remote leadership and medical support. His experiences inform a distinctly dynamic and pragmatic approach to WFR instruction.

Mark van Eijk (PCP-IV, BSc) is a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service and former science tutor with experience providing remote leadership and medical support. His experiences inform a distinctly dynamic and pragmatic approach to WFR instruction.

Kieran Hartle (PCP-IV)  is paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service, and a Nordic Ski Patroller at Cypress Mountain. He is one of the first Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder Instructors, and has contributed to that program’s development.

Kieran Hartle (PCP-IV) is paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service, and a Nordic Ski Patroller at Cypress Mountain. He is one of the first Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder Instructors, and has contributed to that program’s development.

Quinn Workun (PCP-IV)  is a paramedic with BCAS and a big fan of the outdoors. When not working, she can be found mapping out thru-hikes to add to her collection. Quinn is happiest in a tent with an improvised pillow under her head and a bag of sour jelly bellies in her pack.

Quinn Workun (PCP-IV) is a paramedic with BCAS and a big fan of the outdoors. When not working, she can be found mapping out thru-hikes to add to her collection. Quinn is happiest in a tent with an improvised pillow under her head and a bag of sour jelly bellies in her pack.

Kendell Dickinson (PCP-IV)  is a 16 year Paramedic with BC Ambulance. Prior to that he was in the British Royal Marine Commandos. When he’s not working at his regular station in the Downtown Eastside, Kendell can (or cannot) be found trail running ‘longer’ distances in the mountains or climbing distant peaks. When he’s civilized he drinks coffee and meditates, sometimes in parallel universes.

Kendell Dickinson (PCP-IV) is a 16 year Paramedic with BC Ambulance. Prior to that he was in the British Royal Marine Commandos. When he’s not working at his regular station in the Downtown Eastside, Kendell can (or cannot) be found trail running ‘longer’ distances in the mountains or climbing distant peaks. When he’s civilized he drinks coffee and meditates, sometimes in parallel universes.

Francois Xavier Gagnon (WFR, SAR)  has been an outdoors guide and instructor for more than two decades, from mountain biking in Nepal to ski touring in Argentina and numerous other adventures. FX is an active SAR specialist with Lion’s Bay Search and Rescue.

Francois Xavier Gagnon (WFR, SAR) has been an outdoors guide and instructor for more than two decades, from mountain biking in Nepal to ski touring in Argentina and numerous other adventures. FX is an active SAR specialist with Lion’s Bay Search and Rescue.

Matthew Hutton (PCP-IV)  is a paramedic and a Mt. Seymour ski patroller. Matthew is passionate about out-of-hospital care and backcountry sports. He is an avid cyclist, skier and runner. Matthew has recently began work as a reservist within the Canadian Armed Forces and hopes to translate this into an excellent standard of instructing.

Matthew Hutton (PCP-IV) is a paramedic and a Mt. Seymour ski patroller. Matthew is passionate about out-of-hospital care and backcountry sports. He is an avid cyclist, skier and runner. Matthew has recently began work as a reservist within the Canadian Armed Forces and hopes to translate this into an excellent standard of instructing.

Cole TeWhiu (WFR)  spends his summers leading expeditions into the wilds of BC, and his winters as a ski patroller at Mount Seymour. When not instructing or guiding, Cole can be found snowboarding, canoeing, hiking or just hanging out with his dog.

Cole TeWhiu (WFR) spends his summers leading expeditions into the wilds of BC, and his winters as a ski patroller at Mount Seymour. When not instructing or guiding, Cole can be found snowboarding, canoeing, hiking or just hanging out with his dog.

Tim Roe (EMR)  works as a ski patroller and Emergency Medical Responder. Involved in emergency response since 1997, Tim has instructed in the fields of high angle technical rescue, wilderness survival, industrial emergency response and musculoskeletal anatomy, coached competition level rescue teams, and spent time as a concussion rehabilitation facilitator.

Tim Roe (EMR) works as a ski patroller and Emergency Medical Responder. Involved in emergency response since 1997, Tim has instructed in the fields of high angle technical rescue, wilderness survival, industrial emergency response and musculoskeletal anatomy, coached competition level rescue teams, and spent time as a concussion rehabilitation facilitator.


Who to Blame

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Kieran Hartle

WFA Program Director

(778) 888-5684

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Wilderness First Aid courses are usually taught over one weekend. Friday 5 PM - 9 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM.

 
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WFA Recert Opportunities

Wilderness First Aid Recertification takes place over one 8-hour scenario-packed session. Anyone can join, but your 20 hour Red Cross Wilderness First Aid certification (or equivalent) must be unexpired to qualify for recertification.

Register today - this course currently costs only $95… you save $50 off the regular price!

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