Being fully recognized as meeting the standards set down by the Alberta Workplace Health and Safety for “standard” first aid, it is also a valuable workplace qualification for those working in more remote environments. This course is a combination of theoretical and hands-on curriculum.
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 program is 20 hours: first evening – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, full days 2 and 3 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm). Mornings are devoted to lectures and quizzes. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions.
This certification is recognized throughout Canada (including the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety). Successful students will receive a certification card which is valid for 3 years.
Successful completion of this course is based on attendance (100% required) and performance on both written and practical tests.
- Principles of extended care
- Medical-legal issues
- Communicable diseases
- CPR and AED skills
- Patient assessment
- Airway management
- Wound management
- Head and facial trauma
- Spinal injuries
- Heat injuries and dehydration
- Cold injuries
- Allergies and anaphylaxis
- Drowning / near-drowning
- Changes in the level of consciousness
- Respiratory distress
- Outdoor first aid kits
- Bivouac skills
- Packaging and transportation
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. Greyhound (1 800 661 8747) services Canmore from points east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway.
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.
$315 CDN includes instruction and course materials. GST is extra.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
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.