Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Wilderness Advanced First Aid

April 17 – 20, 2021
Oct 30 – Nov 2, 2021

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The Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) is an entry-level course designed for professionals working in remote settings or for people who enjoy going to remote areas. This course differs from Standard First Aid as the curriculum aligns with and includes scenarios relevant to our outdoor environments. The course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue service may not be available for an extensive time period. Students learn to prepare for emergencies that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.

For a more advanced-level course, check out the Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Click on one of the links to either recertify your WFR (or equivalent course) or take a Bridge Course from WAFA to WFR.

We have partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA)

For these medical courses, we partner with Wilderness Medical Associates. WMA has set the standard in wilderness medicine for over 30 years. Their thought-provoking curriculum is updated by a group of healthcare professionals and is recognized around the world.

Course Information (WAFA)

Learn advanced medical treatments for wilderness settings. The emphasis is on providing care for extended periods of time while awaiting for additional resources.

The course will be both in class and outdoors. The course will be held in and around Crowsnest Pass. More specific details will be sent out in the student handbook after registration.

This course is taught by highly trained WMA professionals in the medical industry.

Students must be at least 16 years or older. If under 18 years of age, written consent is required by the parent or guardian.

Included materials:
* The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
* SOAP Notebook
* The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
* Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes
We currently plan to offer one spring & one fall session.

Spring Session: April 17 – 20, 2021
Fall Session: Oct 30 – Nov 2, 2021

Cost: $515 + GST/person
This is a 4-day or 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR.

Certification is valid for 3 years.

To recertify your current WMA International WAFA certification, you can take an Open Recertification course, retake the WAFA course or upgrade to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) by taking a Bridge (WAFA to WFR) course. A bridge course must be taken within 3 years of their original certification.
WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.

* Systems Based Critical Thinking
* Infection Control
* Patient Assessment System
* Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
* Adult CPR
* Basic Life Support
* Nervous System
* Spine Management
* Musculoskeletal Injuries
* Lifts, Moves, and Extractions
* Splints – Extremities
* Patient Assessment Drills
* Thermoregulation
* Bites and Stings
* Lightning
* Wounds and Burns
*Allergies and Anaphylaxis
* Improvised Patient Carries
* Patient Assessment Drills
* Backcountry Medicine
* Medical and Legal Issues
* Patient Assessment Drills
* Simulations
Please refer to your student package as this is general list of what to bring:
* Pen/pencil
* Notebook
* Backpack
* Synthetic or natural insulative layers for outdoors
* An outer shell, including pants and rain gear (we will be outside rain, snow, or sunshine)
* Outdoor footwear
* Comfortable indoor shoes or slippers
* Toque
* Sun hat
* Gloves
* Watch (for taking vitals)
* Snacks
* Something to sit on outside (i.e. chair, thermorest)
* Sunglasses
* Sunscreen
* Bug repellent
Please note that the following terms apply if you require a cancellation, refund, or transfer on your upcoming course:

1. If you cancel 14 days or more prior to the program starting, all course fees will be returned except for a $25 administrative fee.
2. If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the program starting, then a refund will NOT be issued.
3. No transfers are offered on or after 7 days prior to the course start date. A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all transfers.
4. If the program is cancelled by Uplift Adventures, a full refund will be issued.

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Based in Crowsnest Pass, AB

Actively operating in Waterton Lakes National Park & Castle Provincial Parks

Operates throughout the Canadian Rockies

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