Participants will receive a course workbook and Adventure Medic® 40-hour Wilderness First Aid certification. Certification is recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety as equivalent to Standard First Aid. HeartSaver (Level C) CPR and AED follow the guidelines of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Certification is valid for 3 years.
This 2-day course (eight hour days) consists of classroom instruction and field scenarios. The course requires pre-reading as well as assignments to be completed before arriving at 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) 40-hour wilderness first aid certificate to the Yamnuska Office. Students must also bring a physical copy of their current 40-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.
- Principles of Backcountry Emergencies
- Medical, legal and documentation
- Communicable diseases
- Patient Assessment System
- Airway and Breathing Management
- Cardiac Arrest and CPR
- HeartSaver CPR & AED (Level C) – Backcountry CPR guidelines
- Wound Care/soft tissue
- Environmental Emergencies – Dehydration, Heat/Cold, Lightning, Drowning
- Spinal injuries & packaging – Includes spinal clearance
- Extremity Trauma – Sprains and strains, Fractures (extremity, pelvic & femur), Dislocations (passive relocation)
- Head and facial trauma
- Burn management
- Chest trauma
- Abdominal trauma
- Bites, Stings, Poisons and Toxins
- Medical Emergencies including Diabetes, Loss of Consciousness, Seizures: Heart Attack/Angina, Stroke, Allergies & Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Hyperventilation
- Abdominal Emergencies: Appendicitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Ectopic Pregnancy, Nausea & vomiting
- Moving, packing and transportation
- Outdoor first aid kits
- Bivouac principles
- Packaging and transportation
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 refresher course prior to re-certification.
Prerequisites: Current Adventure Medic® 40 Hour Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) certification.
(Original certification should be dated no more than 3 years prior to the start of the program.)
Certification is eligible to be recognized as equivalent to Standard First Aid in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territory; and as equivalent to OFA1 in British Columbia.
This is an intensive 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 is required. A mark of 80% or higher on the final written exam, as well as a 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 a valid 40-Hour Wilderness First Aid certification in order to take the recertification course. If you allow your certificate to expire you must take the full 40-hour program again to regain your certification.
- 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 40-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 40-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) 40-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.
- Certification is eligible to be recognized as equivalent to Standard First Aid in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territory; and as equivalent to OFA1 in British Columbia.
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 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 8:30 am at the Yamnuska office 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.
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 backcountry e.g. extra clothing, tarp, ski poles, duct tape, fire starter 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 backcountry 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.
Risk is an inherent part of all mountain activities. We strive to manage and reduce it however, it is impossible to totally eliminate. Learn more about our safety and risk management approach here. 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 travellers 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.