Wilderness First Aid & Advanced WFA

Wilderness First Aid

This course is designed to help you deal with an injured or ill person for up to 24 hrs. Because of the nature of the problems you may be dealing with in the outdoors, at least 50% of the course is taught outside. This course has the Standard First Aid and CPR C with AED built into the course. This means that upon successful completion of the course, you will have your Standard First Aid and CPR C certificates built into your Wilderness First Aid certificate.

In addition to the course content we includebasic shelter construction that is not part of the certificate. We include this because of the nature of the environment that you will be working and the relevance to the course content.

Course is run over 1 weekend and length is dependant on group size and skill level.

Free Skill Refreshers for anyone who takes our Wilderness First Aid courses!


$249.95 (per person, plus tax)

Group rates available.

Lower Mainland Courses 2017

January 21-22

February 4-5

March 11-12 Langley

April 22-23 Chilliwack

May 13-14 Langley

June 3-4 Chilliwack

Sept 16-17

October 14-15

November 4-5

December 3-4

WFA in Victoria/ Nanaimo  2017

February 18-19

WFA in Comox 2017

Sept 30- Oct 1

Course Content

  • Preparation and Planning
  • Your Health
  • What is the P.L.A.N.T.M.? (when dealing with a person this will help decide if the person should stay on trip, should they should be taken to help by the party, or whether help should be brought to the party)
  • Airway Emergencies
  • Breathing and Circulation Emergencies
  • First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest
  • Wound Care
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Environmental Situations
  • Poisons
  • Cold and Heat Related Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Evacuation and Transportation
  • Extended Care

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

This course is designed to prepare you to deal with someone for more than 24 hours. We teach a minimum of 75% of the course out side to create a realistic learning environment. This course has the Standard First Aid and CPR C with AED built into the course. So upon successful completion you will have these certificates built into your Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate.

Like the WFA  course, we add basic shelter construction that is not part of the certificate.

Course is run over 2 weekends and length is dependant on group size and skill level.

Free Skill Refreshers for anyone who takes our Wilderness First Aid courses!


$449.95 (per person, plus tax)

Group rates available

AWFA Dates 2017 Lower Mainland

February 4-5

March 25-26

May 27-28 Chilliwack

Sept 23-24

November 25-26

December TBA -Date pending

AWFA Dates 2017 Comox

June 17-18

Course Content

We cover the same material as the WFA course, but with AWFA, the material is more in-depth. On top of the Wilderness First Aid content, we include the following information:

  • Helmet Removal
  • Traction and Realignment of Fractures
  • Tourniquets
  • Pulse Checks
  • Jaw Thrust for People with Possible Spinal Injuries
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Criteria for Discontinuing Spinal Precautions

WFA and AWFA training availability

Our WFA and AWFA training is available across British Columbia.  Ridge Wilderness Adventures is a mobile company that can easily come to you to do the training. These locations include, but are by no means limited to, the following: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Trail, Abbotsford, Okanagan, Coquitlam, Fort Nelson, Hope, Golden, Prince George, Juan de Fuca, Haida Gwaii, Logan Lake, Mission, Chilliwack, Fort Langley, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Nelson, Prince George, Salt Spring Island, Whistler, Squamish, Vernon, Surrey, and any other locations in BC. Contact us for further details about travel costs.

  • Re-cert or Upgrade to AWFA from Wilderness First Aid course: $249.95
  • Prices are per person and do not include tax
  • Group discounts are available for groups with 12+ participants, please contact us!

A review of our Wilderness First Aid course. PDF 457KB

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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.


Louise Osborn

Louise Osborn