Wilderness First Aid Training

November 14th 2014


This is a “learn & practice” style 20 hr
Wilderness First Aid course
designed for active outdoor adventurers that
realize accidents
happen and being prepared is important.
The emphasis will be
on a combination of safe decision-making and
proper First-Aid

This course will be taught almost entirely
outside, rain or shine,
and includes a Friday evening session with CPR
& AED training
followed by two full days of short lessons and
practice sessions.

There will also be a simulated multi-person
evening that will last up to 2 hours.

We receive a nice discount so the course fee is
$200 per person
(plus 5% tax). Payment can be made online
through the Spiritus Training

Refund policy: If this course is cancelled, a
full refund will be

Course topics:

  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid vs. Urban
    First Aid
  • Your Health – Body Systems, Water
    Disinfection, Preventing
    Disease Transmission, Hydration, Nutrition and
    Sleep, Advanced
    – Homeostasis
  • Leadership – (Advanced) The Outdoor
    Leader’s Role and
  • The P.L.A.N. – Check, Care, Call, Severity
    of Situation
    (Critical, Major, Minor), Getting Help
    (Communications and
    Signaling) and “Who is coming to get you?”
  • Primary Survey – A, B, C’s
  • Secondary Survey — Complete Assessment &

  • Obstructed Airways — (Adult, Child, Infant)
    – Mild to
  • Breathing Emergencies – Hyperventilating,
    Anaphylaxis, Pneumonia, Chest Trauma including
    Flail Chest,
    Penetrating Injuries, Pneumothorax and
    Hemothorax, Advanced –
    Jaw Thrust and Rescue Breathing.
  • Circulation Emergencies — CPR (Adult,
    Child, Infant) –
    Backcountry Realities of CPR and AED, Heart
    Attacks (MI), Angina,
    Stroke (CVA) and Mini Stroke (TIA), Shock and
    Management of Shock, Deadly Bleeding, Advanced
    – Tourniquets.
  • Head and Spinal Cord Injury Management –
    Inline Stabilization, Improvised
    Collars/Backboards, Evacuation
    Issues and Techniques, Concussions, Helmet
    Removal, Advanced
    – When to Discontinue Spinal Precautions.
  • Minor Head Injuries — Eyes, Ears, Nose,
    Mouth, Dental
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits and Supplies
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – Wounds (Types),
    Wound Irrigation and
    Dressing, Burns, Infection, Crush Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries – Sprains,
    Strains, Fractures, Closed
    vs Open, Splinting Principles, Advanced – In-
    Line Traction and
    Reduction of Fractures and Dislocations
    (Shoulder and Digits)
  • Medical Conditions – Poisoning, Allergic
    Reactions, Seizures,
    Diabetes, Stroke, Childbirth, Gastrointestinal
    vs. Acute
  • Environmental Emergencies –
    Thermoregulation –
    Hypothermia and Hyperthermia, Cold Related
    Injuries, Water
    Related Injuries, Lightning, Altitude Illnesses
    and Water Related

  • Second Aid and Evacuation – Ground / Water
    / Helicopter,
    Basic Priorities (Shelter, Warmth, Water,
    Food), Mental Health,
    Personal Hygiene for Immobile Injured People,
    Cleanliness and
  • British Columbia Trip and Safety
  • Course Debriefing and Exam

There will be a short multiple-choice exam at
the end, and the
WFA Certification is good for

Please visit the Spiritus Training
website for
more course information, or email Paul O
(the course
organizer) with any questions.

Guest sign-up

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