Wilderness First Aid


Every 3-years Naturally Superior Adventures hosts a suite of outdoor based First Aid courses designed for recreational outdoor enthusiasts, club leaders, workers in wilderness areas, including fly-in camps, line workers, park maintenance staff, forestry workers, prospectors and the professional outdoor adventure guide. These courses are based on the principals of wilderness care and first aid and a practical, hands-on approach to training using assessment scenarios and patient simulation.

Our approach is Learn + Practice + Repetition = Appropriate First Aid Response. These courses are delivered by either Wilderness Medical Associates (wma.ca) or The Canadian Wilderness Medical Training (cwmt.ca) and are based on competency guidelines developed by the Wilderness Medical Society; this program identifies a selection of skill sets that define the first responder standard. CWMT is a registered education centre for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, which in turn is endorsed by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Picking the course that is right for you.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

This 16-hr course concentrates on the basics of packaging and transporting patients and managing life and limb threats in remote environments.
It includes prevention and treatment of common environmental problems like Hypothermia and Heat Exhaustion and Stroke.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA)

This is a 36-40 hr course that covers all the principals and practices of the WFA and introduces the concepts of longer term care and evacuation decisions.
The AWFA allows for more time for practice through scenario based drills.

Bridge AWFA to Wilderness First Responder/ WFR Recertification

This 32-40 hr course upgrades an individual with AWFA to WFR. The course must be taken within three years of receiving the AWFA certification.
This course also re-certifies Wilderness First Responder certifications which are due to expire.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

This is a 72-80 hr course that covers and expands the principals and practices of the first two levels. It introduces many of the common medical problems that you may encounter in a wilderness environment. It is a course designed to give you the tools to make effective evacuation decision and to more effectively deal with long-term care and infection prevention.
It is the requisite certification for outdoor leaders and professional guides. This is a performance-based certification.


Successful completion with certification for all courses 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. We are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Meals and Accommodations

The course is based from our Paddling Center and Rock Island Lodge B&B on Lake Superior, near Wawa. A hearty and healthy meal plan is available and we can manage many special diets including vegan, gluten free, etc. Accommodation options include camping on our beach, double and single accommodations at the lodge and there are plenty of accommodations available in Wawa -a 10 minute drive.