Advanced Wilderness First Aid (40 hr)

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For anyone who visits wilderness areas where hospital care is not easily accessible, a Wilderness First Aid course is essential. Students will learn how to implement long-term care and stabilize patients until rescue is available or additional help arrives. Medical techniques covered include but are not limited to anaphylaxis, wound management, patient assessment and spine clearing exam. We offer FULL certification in CPR (C) with AED as part of this course.

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Canada West Mountain School uses Wilderness Medical Consultants for all Wilderness 1st Aid courses

August 10-14, 2017
Sept 8-12, 2017
Sept 29 - Oct 3, 2017
  • The Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course is a 5-day program, with a CPR training session held on the evening only of the 1st day. Please note that this CPR portion is an evening session only for CPR, and will start at 4 pm.

    The remainder of the 4 days of the course instruction, the course will start at 8:00 am promptly, with most days completing by 5:00 pm. Some sessions may start at different times and be held in different field locations, this information will be covered during the first class session.

  • The Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course will be conducted at the West Vancouver Cricket Club, located at 1290 Third Street, West Vancouver, BC. Practical field sessions will be held outdoors near the classroom, as well as at a variety of sites on the North Shore, and may require driving to get to some sites.

    The main class location is just off the north side of the Trans Canada Highway, on the west side of the Capilano River. Please check out the map below for the specific location:

  • Our Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course starts on Day-1 at 4 pm with an evening session for CPR.

    On the 2nd day of the scheduled course, class sessions will begin promptly at 8 am. There will be a 45 minute lunch break each day, and the course will end at approx. 5:00 pm.

    There may also be one day scheduled that will include an evening field scenario, details will be finalized during the course. Please note that there will be reading assignments given for each evening to be completed as well.

    The final day of the course, Day 5, will include a practical and written exam.

    Pre-course reading material will be assigned and sent to you in advance of the course; this forms a critical component of the course and you will be expected to allow time in advance to study and prepare.

    The course will be split between classroom and field sessions, please arrive each day prepared for conducting field simulations outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • Questions about Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course

    How much studying is required?

    How much time is spent outdoors?

    Which organizations and employers accept the Wilderness Medical Consultants "40-hr AWFA Certificate"?

    Is there a minimum age for participants taking the AWFA course?

  • Wilderness Medical Consultants provides an online Student Manual for WFR, AWFA, Bridge and WFR Re-Cert courses - Online Student Manual

    Additionally, you will be provided a printed copy of this manual as well for the course.

    General overview of the course content:

    • Introduction
    • Scene survey
    • Documentation/recording
    • Basic and Advanced Life Support
    • (A) Airway and C-Spine (basic airway techniques, protecting the airway, clearing the spine, spine boards)
    • (B) Breathing (assessment, artificial breathing, use of oxygen)
    • (C) Circulation (assessing, shock, fainting, managing bleeding, nosebleeds)
    • (D) Disability (CNS/Head & eye injuries)
    • Facial trauma & dental injuries
    • Chest, Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma
    • Extremity Injuries and Treatment (fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations, splints, dressings, wound care)
    • Wounds – bleeding, dressing and bandages
    • Hypothermia, frost nip, frost bite
    • Hyperthermia & dehydration
    • Immersion foot (Trench foot)
    • Lightning injuries
    • Burns
    • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
    • Nature-fauna (insect stings, spider bites, snake bites, ticks)
    • Nature-flora (poison ivy and poison oak)
    • Drowning and Near-drowning
    • Avalanche injuries
    • Carbon monoxide inhalation
    • Altitude illness
    • Medical Illnesses (seizure, stroke, cardiac arrest, angina, asthma, respiratory infections, diabetes, acute abdomen & gastroenteritis, genitourinary, pregnancy issues, water disinfection)
    • Communication devices (advantages/disadvantages)
    • After Care
    • First aid kits
    • Legal considerations
  • Wilderness Medical Consultants provides an online Student Manual for WFR, AWFA, Bridge and WFR Re-Cert courses - Online Student Manual

    Additionally, you will be provided a printed copy of this manual as well for the course.

    Canada West Mountain School Medical Disclosure Form - CWMS MEDICAL form

    Canada West Mountain School Waiver - CWMS Waiver

    Please bring a printed copy of each form to the first class.