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Price: $795 Cdn includes instruction and course materials. GST is extra.

WFR Recertification

Re-certify your 80hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course (WFR, AAM, etc.) in this 3 day course.

Full course details can be found here

This course begins at 8:30am at our office location in Canmore. Map

$395 Cdn includes instruction and course materials. GST is extra.

Is it for you?

While helpful, no prior first-aid certification is needed for this course. Minimum age is 16 years.

Certification Options:

1. Course participants opt for certification that will allow them to work in a back country setting and that is approved by the ACMG or other outdoor companies such as ski hills. This option has no pre-requisites and is standard with the course.

2. Alternatively, for those looking to additionally use the certification for a worksite, the certification can be recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety. This training will then offer mobility between Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon. To be eligible for this type of certification participants MUST provide proof of Standard First Aid certification that was taken within the year prior to the start of the Advanced Adventure Medic program. This is the exact same curriculum and exams, however the Standard First Aid pre-requisite must be met for recognition by the Alberta Workplace Health and Safety.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures hosts wilderness first aid courses by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine, Canada (RMAM).

This 10-day (80 hour) course is the industry standard for outdoor professionals. Many organizations require it as part of their job qualifications.

Topics include: patient assessment system, body systems, environmental injuries/conditions, anaphylaxis, lifting/moving/extrication, patient carries, backcountry medicine, and CPR.

Topics are covered in-depth and includes simulations. The course is recommended for outdoor professionals as well as outdoor recreationalists who lead adventure trips and those who are in the backcountry for days or weeks at a time and may have to care for a patient over an extended period.

RMAMThis course is hosted by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures and taught by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. This program is now recognized by Alberta Occupational Health & Safety as an Advanced First Aid certificate.  There is a pre-requisite if you require the recognition by Alberta occupational Health and Safety. Please see 'Certification Options' on the sidebar.

Agenda

This program is 80 hours, over 9 days with one day free for study (total 10 days). Mornings are devoted to lectures and exams. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and simulations. Evenings are free for study and assignments. You will have reading and quizzes to complete in the evenings.

Topics include:

  • Hands-on simulations with theatrical make-up and props
  • Accident Management and Leadership
  • Long Term Care of the Sick and Injured
  • Improvisation Skills
  • Basic Search and Rescue
  • Patient Packaging and Evacuation Techniques

Curriculum

The curriculum covers Advanced First Aid topics with a focus on remote wilderness settings where help is not immediately available.

  • Principles of extended care
  • Medical-legal issues
  • Communicable diseases
  • Patient assessment
  • Documentation
  • Airway management, including oropharyngeal airways, use of BVM's, and suctioning
  • Shock
  • Wound management
  • Thermal burns
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures, including femur and pelvic fractures
  • Dislocations and field relocation techniques
  • Head and facial trauma
  • Spinal injuries; spinal restriction techniques; protocol for continuing or negating need for spinal control
  • Chest trauma
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Lightning
  • Heat injuries and dehydration, including oral re-hydration guidelines
  • Cold injuries
  • Bites and stings (for North American beasties!)
  • Poisons and toxins
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis, including use of an Epi-pen
  • Altitude emergencies
  • Drowning / near drowning
  • Water and food borne illness, including water purification techniques
  • Changes in level of consciousness
  • Respiratory distress, including use of an Epi-pen / Epinephrine for non-responsive
  • Asthma
  • Cardiology
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diabetes
  • Outdoor first aid kits
  • Bivouac skills
  • Search and rescue principles
  • Packaging and transportation
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Triage Rescue and transportation
  • Oxygen administration, including both passive and active delivery devices
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Dental emergencies
  • CPR and AED skills (Level C)
  • Back country CPR guidelines
  • Anatomy, physiology and terminology