Introductory Wilderness First Aid
Are you prepared to deal with someone who gets injured or sick in the backcountry? Our 2-day Intro to Wilderness First Aid course focuses on medical concepts and basic life support skills that will help you react in a backcountry emergency. Students will learn to improvise 1st Aid systems with a variety of common materials available to you on most outdoor activities. Intro IWFA is targeted to outdoor enthusiasts who participate on day or weekend trips.
- Intro Wilderness First Aid courses are held at our Classroom at #240-400 Brooksbank Ave in North Vancouver, 2 blocks up from the MEC and next door to Norco Bikes.
Students are asked to plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to the course sessions, to allow for traffic delays, poor road conditions, parking, etc.Canada West Mountain School main office & classroom
240-400 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver (1 block up from MEC)
The Introductory Wilderness First Aid course will start promptly at 8 am on the first day of the course. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch, and the course will end at approx. 5:00 pm each day. Street parking is available.
The course will be split between classroom and field sessions, please come prepared for conducting field simulations outdoors in all weather conditions.
Preparing for your Intro to Wilderness 1st Aid course - How to Prepare for IWFA course
Questions about Introductory Wilderness First Aid (IWFA) course
- Course Outline
- Scene survey
- Basic and Advanced Life Support
- (A) Airway and C-Spine
- (B) Breathing
- (C) Circulation
- (D) Disability
- Extremity Injuries and Treatment (fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations, splints, dressings, wound care)
- Wounds – bleeding, dressing and bandages
- Immersion foot (Trench foot)
- Allergies & Anaphylaxis
- Animal encounters
- Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
- Drowning and Near-drowning
- Carbon monoxide inhalation
- Medical Illnesses
- After Care
- First aid kits
- Legal considerations