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Wilderness First Aid

Excellence in Remote and Practical Medicine

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Dates:

WAFA: Offered Spring 2015. Contact us if you are interested.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Price:

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**Paddle Canada Instructors receive additional discount.  Contact the office for details. 

Includes: Instruction, all meals and snacks, beach camping and all course materials.
   
Wilderness first aid training
Wilderness first aid course in Ontario Canada
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Naturally Superior Adventures hosts Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Aid Courses at our Rock Island Lodge on Lake Superior. Wilderness Medical Associates is the largest and most respected wilderness first aid training organization. Since WMA was founded in 1978, its courses have been offered in more than 40 countries around the world. We are pleased to offer WMA's Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WAFA) and Re-certification courses.

WFA- Wilderness First Aid (16 hours): Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that is oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment. Unlike some programs, this is not teaching urban first aid in the outdoors.

*WAFA- Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40hours):
An entry-level course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks. 

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into and challenging remote environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.. Advanced medical techniques learned include anaphylaxis management, spine clearing exam, wound cleaning, and CPR cessation.

Successful graduates of this course may take the Bridge course which will upgrade them to Wilderness First Responder level. (WFR)

*WFR Bridge-Wilderness First Responder Bridge

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMTs may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.

 


Course Highlights

  • No prerequisites and includes Heartsaver CPR Long-term care of the sick and injured in a wilderness environment.
  • Improvisation skills and patient packaging and evacuation techniques.
  • Hands-on training and simulations with theatrical make-up and video feedback.
  • Wilderness Medical Protocols including anaphylaxis, Advanced Wound Management, CPR, Spinal Assessment.

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes

Course Target

  • Adventure company wilderness guides
  • Group leaders and assistants in remote trips
  • Participants in unguided wilderness expeditions
  • Workers in wilderness areas, including fly-in camps, line workers, park maintenance staff, camp staff, fishing and hunting guides, forestry workers, prospectors, etc

Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International  is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
 

Other Information


Course costs include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day plus beach camping on our site nearby the lodge teaching area. Lodge accommodations are also available at an additional charge. To reserve your space we require a deposit payable by cheque or credit card.


For more information visit www.wildmed.ca

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