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.

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


April 28-29, 2018
June 2-3, 2018

Fall 2018 dates to be listed soon

Wilderness First Aid course are offered on a Custom basis as well, please contact us for Custom courses.

  • 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)

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    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.

  • Questions about Introductory Wilderness First Aid (IWFA) course

    How much studying is required?

    How much time is spent outdoors?

    Is there a minimum age for participants taking the 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
    • Hypothermia
    • Hyperthermia
    • Immersion foot (Trench foot)
    • Burns
    • 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
  • 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.