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Breakdown of Investment Costs:

* All Prices Include GST


Duration Regular Combo Early Bird


5 Day $ 495    

Advanced Back-Country Upgrade

5 Day $ 395    

Advanced Medicine

5 Day $ 395    

Explorer + Advanced Back-Country

80 Hour $ 995 $ 795  

Explorer + Advanced Back-Country + Advanced Medicine

15 Day $ 1285 $ 995  

Professional Challenge

7 Day $ 695    

Explorer Re-Certification

2 Day $ 275   $ 220

Advanced Back-Country Re-Certification

4 Day $ 450   $ 395

Advanced Medicine Re-Certification

1 Day $ 95   $ 95

Explorer Skill Booster

2 Day $ 250   $ 195

Advanced Back-Country Skill Booster

2 Day $ 250   $ 195

Advanced Medicine Skill Booster

1 Day $ 95   $ 95

Advanced BackCountry and Medicine Skill Booster

3 Days $290   $290

Advanced BackCountry and Medicine Re-Cert

5 Days $490   $490

Field Suturing

4 Hrs $ 125   $ 95

Emergency Communication

4 Hrs $ 95   $ 49

CPR Level A Re-Certification

1 Day $ 125   $ 95

CPR Level C Re-Certification

1 Day $ 125  

$ 95

AED Level 2 - Self-Study 2 Hrs $ 30   $ 30
AED Level 3 - Includes Level 2 + Consulting Process 3 Hrs $ 95   $ 95


Course Descriptions - No Previous First Aid Training Required!


8 hour Life Saver First Aid - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $95

You never know when it's your turn to be the HERO …  Are you ready to step up?

Do you know what to do to keep someone alive while waiting for help?

• What you DO or DON'T do in the FIRST 10 minutes may make the difference between life and death!

• Learn the 3 most critical actions that make the BIGGEST difference

1. How to recall important principles under stress:

• Emergencies can be STRESSFUL - Most people completely forget what they learn in a first aid course!

Learn practical ways to make it EASY to recall what's important, even under stress

2. Life-Saving interventions including CPR and use of public access Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)

• CPR, choking and public access Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)

• Controlling bleeding, including nosebleeds

3. How to ensure the patient gets the most appropriate medical attention in a timely manner:

Is calling '911' REALLY going to get you the help you think you need?

• YES - As long as you have a KNOWN street address!

• Ambulance response can be quick - But, NOT knowing exactly how system works leads to DELAYS!

• Discover 3 easy ways to save 10 to 30+ critical minutes

Who do you call when you are NOT at a KNOWN location or NOT road accessible?

'911' is primarily for ROAD accessible emergencies requiring fire, police and ambulance intervention

• What agency provides the best 'Help' for your emergency?

Best 'HELP' might be Air Ambulance, Coast Guard, Search and Rescue, and other government services

• 3 Common problems encountered and how to prevent them

16 hour DELUXE Life Saver First Aid - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $195

Includes 8 hour Life Saver First Aid - PLUS, you will learn …

A simple step by step prioritized approach to handling ANY emergency

• Decision making strategies for dealing with competing priorities

• How to QUICKLY recognize serious, but not obvious injuries that are often missed

• What to do to prevent injury aggravation while waiting for trained help to arrive

• How to handle common Injuries such as burns, where initial actions make a HUGE difference

Legal implications of first aid, related to work, home and play as well as how to reduce liability

• What to do BEFORE encountering an emergency - to make it much LESS stressful for yourself and others

 - 3 Small things, that when implemented make the BIGGEST difference


24 hour Wilderness Emergency Response - Getting Out of Trouble, QUICKLY! - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $395

Includes 16 hour DELUXE Life Saver First Aid PLUS  … 

• How to use a team approach to emergency response that saves critical delegation time during an emergency

• Getting the right 'HELP', especially when limited government resources are available:

 - Dispatchers often hear stressed people claim their call is truly URGENT …

 - What key words allow you to demonstrate that you truly are dealing with a critical incident

Negotiating air evacuations using a combination of government, commercial and private resources

 - What is needed from you during initial call, site preparation and while aircraft is landing

 - 3 Critical tests to expect to demonstrate competency to emergency personnel - And what to do to PASS…

• Initial contact

• First visual impression

• First in person connection

• Rapid patient transportation preparation for critically injured or ill patient:

 - Application of StifNeck and improvised neck brace, including proper spine alignment

 - Rolls, slides and lifts to move patient onto stretcher or back-board

 - Securing and transporting patient on a back-board, including patient position considerations:

• Face-up or supine

• Side or lateral

• Drainage position

 - Oxygen administration

• Improvised patient evacuation techniques: Stretchers and back-carries

• Ongoing monitoring of a critical patient; and, how to communicate changes to emergency personnel


40 hour (5 Day) EXPLORER Wilderness First Aid - Becoming Self-Reliant! - 8 am to 6:00 pm ~ $495

Includes 24 hour Wilderness Emergency Response - PLUS you will learn …

To be self reliant in managing common back-country emergencies with emphasis on:

• How to prevent, recognize and treat common injuries such as …

• Sprains

• Dislocations

• Fractures

•  While arranging appropriate medical attention, how to stabilize serious injuries such as …

• Head and spine injuries

• Chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries


80 hour Advanced Back-Country First Aid - Professional Rescuer - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $795

Includes 40 hour Explorer First Aid - PLUS you will learn …

• Advanced skills such as …

- Leg traction

- Eye injury: Recognition and treatment 

- Overuse injury: Tendonitis and bursitis

• Advanced decision making involving competing priorities, resolving conflict and negotiating differences

• How to prevent, recognize and treat common:

 - Medical conditions:

• Allergic reactions

• Heart conditions

• Stroke

 - Environmental injuries and illness:

• Drowning

• Hypothermia

• Frostbite

• Heat ailments

• Dehydration



The Following Programs REQUIRE Previous First Aid Training!

40 hour Advanced Medicine - Beyond Trauma … Making EDUCATED Judgement Calls - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $395

Pre-Requisite: Ideally 80 hour Advanced Back-Country First Aid - PLUS you will learn …

• Prescription and non-prescription drugs - Benefits and concerns

• 'Non-Trauma' illness assessment and care

 - Flu, colds, fever and chills

 - Gastro intestinal problems: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, etc

 - Urinary tract infection and gynecological conditions

 - Organ inflammation, rupture and peritonitis

• Previous medical history and medications - Impact on current signs and symptoms

• Medical conditions, in addition to those included in Advanced Back-Country First Aid …

 - Seizure Disorder

 - Asthma

 - Metabolic Disorders: Diabetes and Chronic Hypoglycemia - Injection practical

• Poisons:

 - Injected: Snakebite, ticks, etc                                             

 - Inhaled: Carbon monoxide

 - Absorbed: Poison ivy or oak, contact dermatitis            

 - Ingested: Food, drugs or chemicals

• Wound assessment and care:

 - When and how to promote scabbing vs drainage

 - Optimizing wound dressing choices on longer trips:

• To promote speedy healing

• To reduce dressing changes

 - Specific wound care:

• Jagged wound debridement 

Gaping wound closure

• Puncture wound drainage and wicking

• Bruising: Superficial, deep muscle and/or bone implications

• Wound complications:

• Local and systemic infections, including cellulitis

• Exposed tendon, bone or ligament 

• Concealed debris


CPR Level 'A' or 'C' Renewal - 8 am to 4 pm ~ $125

Renew previous level ‘A’ or level ‘C’ CPR certification

Includes AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) use, latest field protocols for when to stop, etc

2 Day Basic or Advanced Wilderness First Aid Refresher - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $295

Extend ANY 40 or 80 hour First Aid certificate by 1 year through a 2 day Skill Booster

Includes 4+ hour pre-study module and CPR renewal

• With 40 hour previous First Aid, earn a Basic Wilderness First Aid certificate with 1 year duration

• With 80 hour previous First Aid, earn an Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate with 1 year duration

On completion of this training, annual renewal available for only $195 per year

Note: Based on skills proficiency, arrange transfer to 3 year Explorer or Advanced Back-Country First Aid


7 Day Professional Challenge - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $695


Transfer from ANY 80 hour First Aid to Wilderness Alert's Advanced Back-Country through this 7 day module

The Following Programs REQUIRE Previous "WILDERNESS ALERT" First Aid Training!


1 Day ANNUAL Advanced Medicine Skill Booster 9am to 6pm ~ $95

1 Day Advanced Medicine Re-Certification within 1 day Medicine Skill Booster - 9 am to 6 pm at no extra charge!

Prerequisite: CURRENT Advanced Medicine certification

Discover latest trends and updates to best practices related to Advanced Medicine - PLUS

Enhance skills, deepen understanding, broaden scope and build confidence making complex decisions

2 Day ANNUAL First Aid Skill Booster - Includes CPR refresher ~ $195

Prerequisite: Any CURRENT Wilderness Alert First Aid certificate

• Explorer First Aid: 9 am to 5 pm ~

• Advanced Back-Country: 9 am to 6 pm ~

 - Discover latest trends and updates to best practices in back-country emergency care - PLUS

 - Enhance skills, deepen understanding, broaden scope and build confidence making complex decisions

Re-Certification - Wilderness Alert ALUMNI

Prerequisite: CURRENT Wilderness Alert First Aid certificate

• 2 day Explorer First Aid Recertification occurs within 2 day Skill Booster - 9 am to 5 pm$220

• 4 day Advanced Back-Country First Aid Recertification:

- 2 day Booster + 2 drill days: 9 am to 6 pm ~ $395

- Note: 4 days are required for Full 3 Year Certificate

NEW: 2 day Advanced Back-Country First Aid ANNUAL Certificate is now available:

- Demonstrate proficiency in 2 day Advanced Back-Country Booster and qualify for 1 year certificate expiry, for additional $25


40 hour Advanced Back-Country First Aid UPGRADE - 8 am to 6 pm ~ $395
After completing the 40 hour Explorer Wilderness First Aid course, you may upgrade to the 80 hour Advanced Back-Country First Aid by attending this 40 hour module.
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