Upon completion, successful students will be awarded with a renewed 80 hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate which is valid for 3 years. Your certification will include CPR Level C.
This course is 24 hours (3 eight hour days) of classroom instruction and field scenarios. The course requires pre-reading as well as assignments to be completed before arriving to the program. Students who have not taken a course with us in the past will need to submit an electronic copy of their current (not-expired) 80 hour wilderness first aid certificate to the Yamnuska Office. Students must also bring a physical copy of their current 80 hour Certification to their instructor on the first day of the program.
Pre-Course reading materials and assignments will be sent to each student by email four weeks before their course start date. Students may use their past textbooks and first aid materials to study. Yamnuska also offers the textbook for sale at our office for $40.00 should you wish to purchase this as a study aid. If you do not have your original course textbook we strongly recommend you obtain a new one.
Throughout the program, students are required to demonstrate:
• Patient assessment and accurate vital sign taking
• Airway management (OPA / NPA placement as well as the more basic airway maneuvers)
• Oxygen administration
• CPR skills
• Bandaging and wound care
• Extremity fracture stabilization
• Traction splinting for femur stabilization
• Pelvic splinting
• Spinal restriction skills (improvised and commercial equipment)
• Patient carries and moves
• Environmental stabilization for an injured patient
This is a re-certification course and is not designed to cover topics in detail. You will be expected to already have a high level of skill from your certification and will be responsible for demonstrating your knowledge to obtain re-certification. Key topics will be discussed and reviewed at a re-certification level. If you have not practiced your first aid since your last course or you are not comfortable with demonstrating key skills, you should consider a re-fresher course prior to re-certification.
This is an intensive three day course, so be sure to arrive prepared and ready to demonstrate your first aid skills. Each day will begin at 8:30 am and run until about 5:00 pm with a 1 hour break for lunch. Yamnuska has complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate for students, as well as a fridge and microwave available to use if you wish to bring your own lunch.
The program has a combination of curriculum reviews and wilderness first aid scenarios. Students will be assessed on their practical first aid skills during scenarios and practice sessions. The course ends with a final written exam. 100% attendance over the three days is required. A mark of 80% or higher on the final written exam, as well as demonstration of all required practical skills is required to pass the course.
- My certification is already expired. Am I still able to take the recertification course? Unfortunately, no. You must currently hold valid 80 Hour Wilderness First Aid certification in order to take the recertification course. If you allow your certificate expire you must take the full 80 hour program again to regain your certification.
- What is the difference between the Advanced Adventure Medic Certification and the Wilderness First Responder Certification? The AAM certification is recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety and by extension, the other western provinces. The WFR is recognized by the Outdoor Industry or other professions that require 80 hour advanced first aid. You can only qualify for the AAM if your certification is from an approved Alberta WH&S provider. Many of the 80 hour wilderness based courses are not recognized. Please check on the Alberta government or other governing body website for more information.
- What time of year do you usually offer the recertification courses, and how fast do they fill up/sell out? Recertification programs are typically run in the shoulder seasons- Spring (April/May) and Fall (September/October). Programs do tend to fill quickly (sometimes 2-3 months in advance), so be sure to register for the date of your choice as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
- I took my original 80 hour course through a different company. Am I able to re-certify through Yamnuska and Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine? Yes. Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine can recertify any 80 hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification. Students who have not taken a course with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine in the past will need to submit an electronic copy of their current (not-expired) 80 hour course certificate to the Yamnuska Office. You must bring a copy of your current certification to your instructor on the first day of the recert.
- Which provinces in Canada is my certification valid in? Am I able to use this internationally? The outdoor industry has no uniformity when it comes to recognition. Many outdoor companies simply want you to have a “wilderness” first aid. These courses can be anywhere from 20 hours to 120 hours long. You must check with your employer, especially if working outside of North America. The AAM certification is fully approved by Alberta Workplace Health & Safety and as such is recognized throughout the western provinces in the industrial setting as an 80 hour advanced wilderness first aid certificate.
Getting to Canmore
Canmore is a 1 hour drive west from Calgary. Greyhound (1 800 661 8747) services Canmore from points east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway. If visiting the area from far away you may want to a car so you can visit local attractions and enjoy the surrounding mountains.
Frequent shuttles connect Calgary International Airport and Canmore.
The course begins at the Yamnuska office at 8.30am on Day 1. Map
The course is being taught by professional instructors and practitioners from Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine (RMAM). They receive intensive vetting and training. Course quality is continually monitored and assessed to ensure it meets the most current standards.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation and meals in Canmore are not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in both Canmore and Banff, including campsites, hostels, all levels of hotels as well as condo style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.
RMAM certification is recognized throughout Canada (including the ACMG and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety) and the United States. Successful students will receive a certification card from RMAM, which is valid for 3 years. You will also receive your CPR level C certification. Within 3 years, graduates must recertify by way of a three day course to keep their certification.
Successful completion of this course is based on attendance (100% required), and performance on both written and practical final exams. Not everyone passes this course.
What to Bring
We ask that you bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside doing scenarios. You will also need a sleeping pad/mat (for simulations), pens, and a notebook.
- Lunch unless you want to head into town for the break
- Copy of your Standard First Aid certification if you want and Advanced Adventure Medic certificate
- Clothing suitable for whatever the weather throws at us for the outdoor portions of the program
- For the field days we would also like you to bring a pack containing items that you would normally take with you on a day out into the back country e.g. extra clothing, tarp, ski poles, duct tape, fire start kit, thermarest, Swiss army knife/Leatherman. Please bring your first aid kit.
- Additionally participants are welcome to bring equipment with them that they regularly use in a back country setting to use as part of scenarios, examples would be snowshoes, skis, snowboard, ice axes, avalanche probes etc.
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require full payment at the time of booking.
Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travelers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however costs such as air or ground transportation, long term care and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries and other unplanned events. For these eventualities the Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure’s trip.