About Ridge wilderness adventures

Canoe Tours and More...

David Wooldridge, Owner doing what he loves, paddling a canoe!

We have 80 people on the Harrison River. What a beautiful day!

Jarrett Horton, one of our highly qualified guides on the Harrison River.

Company Overview

  • Started Ridge Wilderness Adventures in 2005.
  • Our programs run from 1 hour to a month, and everything in between
  • We have a fleet of 2 34ft Montreal canoes, 1 29ft Langley,and 16 historic Voyageur Canoes to accomodate up to 220 participants on the water at one time.
  • We have a variety of canoe models, including Clipper, Mad River and Old Town to offer  lessons and adventures in the perfect canoe for you.
  • We can feed groups up to 300 with a variety of menu options.
  • We have taken approximately 60,000 participants out in our canoes.
  • We are fully insured and operate above industry standard for safety.
  • Because of our committment to excellent paddling and instruction, we are regularly hired to train other operators guides and instructors.
  • You will find us the best trained and qualified in our industry.
  • Please see below how qualified we are to assist you.

Owner and Founder David Wooldridge:

  • Master Canoe Instructor Trainer
  • Canada's Lead Big Canoe Instructor Trainer
  • Advanced Lake Water Canoe Instructor Trainer
  • Advanced White Water Canoe Instructor Trainer
  • Advanced Tripping Canoe Instructor Trainer
  • Advanced Coastal Instructor Trainer
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician

Canoe Experience

  • An avid paddler since age 11
  • Paddled and instructed all over Canada and the northwestern United States
  • Has taught in England, Wales, China (Beijjing and Shanghai) , Northwestern United States, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories.
  • Ran the first ever Paddle Canada Instructor Course in China.
  • As near as we can tell, we run the most canoe courses and clinics for Paddle Canada.
  • Former Big Canoe Course Development Committee Leader for Paddle Canada.
  • Former executive member of Recreational Canoe Association of BC

First Aid

  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor Trainer
  • Former Level 3 Occupational First Aid Instructor
  • Standard and Emergency First Aid Instructor
  • CPR Instructor
  • Child Care Instructor
  • Member of the Wilderness First Aid Technical Advisor Group of the Red Cross
  • Teaches First Aid for the following BC Search and Rescue Teams: North Shore, Maple Ridge, Central Fraser Valley, TRAIL.
  • Taught First Aid for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Part of the  Red Cross instructor trainer team working with BC RCMP on first aid equivalencies
  • As near as we can tell, we are the top Wilderness First aid producer for the Red Cross.

Guides

Minimum Qualifications

  • Intermediate Big Canoe Leader (nationally recognized)
  • Standard First Aid (or higher on every trip)
  • Lake Water Instructor for all tandem and solo canoe trips
  • Ridge Wilderness Adventures specific and rigorous training

Additional Qualifications held by select guides

  • Lakewater Canoe instructor
  • Lakewater levels 3 and 4
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician
  • White Water Paddler, provincially recognized by the RCABC
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Life Guard

Hear what folks are saying!

Hello Ridge Wilderness First Aid:

 I took the Ridge Wilderness First Aid course in Cumberland, BC with Chelsea Kennedy. What an excellent instructor! Apart from knowing her subject matter through and through, she was able to impart her knowledge with good humour and still make her point clearly and without minimizing the gravity of the situation. I loved her method of teaching, along with the 'props' (the raining blood bits were hilarious for example), red markers used to indicate an injury, a 'modified' BBQ tool mounted on a small block of wood with red marker marks to indicate bleeding of course and then stuffed into a pocket. What a great idea. Not too much imagination required to see that this was a 'puncture wound'. In other cases, photos of the real deal, plasticized, and held in place to indicate 3rd degree burns on a hand for another example. Pretty plain to see that without immediate hospital care, the patient could loose the use of her hand.

I also liked a couple of other things too. Chelsea would review previous points in her summaries. I remember one situation where I just didn't know what to do (she had just told us). "I don't know what to do for this one", I said. She quietly gave me a clue... And it all came back. I was able to perform what I needed to do.

I've taken many first aid courses, and some of them more advanced than this one, although long ago. When I asked about a particular situation, she would kindly give the explanation in a matter of fact way: That's beyond the level of this course, for example). It was done tactfully, firmly, and yet kindly. This is without a doubt the best first aid course I have ever taken, and it is your instructor Chelsea who made it so.

To polish it all off, she followed up the course with an email, in her usual light-hearted style relating to some of the more humorous moments in the course. I truly can't think of one change I would make. Thank you Chelsea for being you:)

Thank you for a great course. And I especially like the first aid book. Small enough for my back back, easy to find what you need, water resistant pages. A true wilderness first aid book:). Thank you.

Sincerely,

Louise Osborn

Louise Osborn
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