The Remote First Aid program is a great introduction to Wilderness First Aid. This course is designed for the weekend warrior who participates in activities such as mountain biking, sport climbing, or other outdoor sports that are relatively close to roads and towns. It is taught entirely from the perspective of “delayed help” and enables the participant to perform valuable treatments that will lessen the severity of injuries and contribute to speedier recovery times in the case of an unfortunate incident. This course is a combination of theoretical and hands-on curriculum.
Participants will receive a Remote First Aid certificate and a Basic (Emergency) First Aid with Level C CPR certificate (for the workplace). Both certifications are valid for 3 years.
We have a lot of material to cover in our 20 hours of instruction. Please come prepared for an intensive weekend of first aid training.
This course is 24 hours, delivered over 2 days and 1 evening (20 hours) supplemented with online learning. Please come prepared for an intensive weekend of first aid training as there is a lot of material to cover in our 20 hours of instruction.
The program is highly practical and is presented using a blend of theoretical concepts and practical activities, scenarios and simulations. There will be reading and quizzes to complete outside of the in -person sessions.
This RFA course is hosted by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures and taught by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine.
The curriculum covers Basic First Aid Topics plus Wilderness Advanced First Aid topics with a focus on remote settings, where help is not immediately available and extended care in the field may be required
Basic (Emergency) First Aid components:
- Medical, Legal and Documentation Issues
- Communicable diseases
- Patient Assessment System
- Airway, Breathing and Circulation Management
- CPR Level C with AED training
- Soft Tissue Injuries and their care
- Heart Attack, Angina and Stroke
- Spine, Head Injuries
- Medical Emergencies
Wilderness Advanced First Aid components:
- Principles of backcountry emergencies
- Wound management in the field
- Sprains and strains
- Head and facial trauma
- Abdominal trauma
- Lightning caused injuries
- Drowning / near-drowning
- Environmental Emergencies, including oral re-hydration guidelines
- Allergies and anaphylaxis, including use of an Epi-pen
- Water and foodborne illness, including water purification techniques
- Changes in the level of consciousness
- Outdoor first aid kits
- Patient packaging and transportation.
Training focuses on the initial care, stabilization and management of an incident that occurs in a wilderness location.
For successful certification, participants must complete the following course components:
- All online course elements with a score of 75% or higher
- 100% attendance
- Demonstration of all required practical skills at the RFA level
- My certification is already expired. Am I still able to take the recertification course? Unfortunately, no. All students must take the full 24-hour program again to regain your certification.
- What time of year do you usually offer the Remote First Aid courses and how fast do they fill up /sell out? 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 20 /24-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 20/24-hour 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) 20/24-hour course certificate to the Yamnuska Office.
Meeting Time and Place
The course begins at the Yamnuska office at 6 pm on Friday evening. Map
Getting to Canmore
Canmore is a 1-hour drive west of Calgary.
Frequent shuttles connect Calgary International Airport and Canmore.
The course is taught by professional first aid instructors and practitioners from Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine (RMAM). They receive intensive vetting and training. Course quality is continually monitored and assessed by Yamnuska and RMAM. The curriculum is updated as accepted practices and standards evolve.
Accommodation and Meals
These are not included in the program price.
Accommodation in Canmore is 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 own accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in the Bow Valley fill quickly.
What to Bring
Appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also need something to write with and a notebook.
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, 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. We highly recommend purchasing this insurance.
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 trip.
This program includes a four-hour class on the first evening and then two full days of instruction on days 2 and 3.
$365 CDN includes instruction and course materials. GST is extra.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Please note you will be required to sign the Yamnuska Release of Liability, and Waiver of Claims prior to commencing the program. Please review the sample waiver prior to booking and call us with any questions.
Is it for you?
No prior first-aid certification is required for this course. The minimum age is 16 years. Sportsmen, mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, and those who spend time in the backcountry are strongly encouraged to take this first aid training.