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Advanced Adventure Medic/Wilderness First Responder Certification

Hosted by Camp Chief Hector YMCA / Facilitated by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine.

The Advanced Adventure Medic / Wilderness First Responder program is a 10-day (80 hour) Wilderness First Aid course. This program is a comprehensive, professional level course. It is designed for those who work extensively in a remote environment and who take on a leadership role in a backcountry or remote setting. It provides participants with the skills and techniques to manage emergencies over an extended period and offers experience in using more advanced equipment.

The primary focus is in dealing with backcountry emergencies where specialized equipment is largely unavailable. However, we do look at conventional pre-hospital equipment that one may find available at lodges or with local Search and Rescue teams. The medical principles taught in the program align with the Wilderness Medical Society practice guidelines. During the course, participants will be involved in different scenarios where access and egress are difficult due to the nature of the immediate environment. This allows the participant to get comfortable with different situations where conventional techniques may not work and the rescuer must use the principles of treatment for an effective outcome.

Participants have 2 options for certification:

  1. Advanced Adventure Medic Certification which is recognized by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety as equivalent to Advanced First Aid. Healthcare Provider (Level C) CPR and AED follows the guidelines of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Certification is valid for 3 years.

    Prerequisites: Current Standard First Aid Certification recognized by Alberta OH&S, (2-day program which includes “Level C” CPR and AED) dated no more than 1 year prior to the start of the Advanced Adventure Medic® course. The Standard First Aid certification MUST be completed prior to the start of the 80-hour program.

    Recognized by: Alberta Workplace Health & Safety; WSCC of NT & NU; Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG); American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA); Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia (SKGABC)

    Certification is eligible to be recognized as equivalent to Advanced First Aid in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territory; and as equivalent to OFA3 in British Columbia.

  2. Wilderness First Responder Certification which is recognized by Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG); American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA); Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia (SKGABC). This certification is not recognized as a workplace certification and is not recognized by Alberta OH&S.

Please note that participants complete exactly the same course for both certifications.

This course is hosted by Camp Chief Hector YMCA and taught by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine.

Course content includes:
  • Principles of Backcountry Emergencies
  • Medical, legal and documentation
  • Communicable diseases
  • Patient assessment system
  • Airway and Breathing Management
    • OPA/NPA
    • Suction
    • Oxygen therapy
  • Cardiac Arrest and CPR
    • Basic Life Support CPR & AED
    • Backcountry CPR Guidelines
  • Wound Care
  • Shock
  • Environmental emergencies
    • Dehydration
    • Heat
    • Cold
    • Lightning
    • Drowning
  • Spinal injuries
  • Extremity Trauma
    • Sprains and strains
    • Fractures (pelvic and femur)
    • Dislocations
  • Head and facial trauma
  • Burn Management
  • Chest Trauma
    • Rib fractures/flail chest
    • Crush injuries
    • Pneumo thorax
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Bites, Stings, Poisons and Toxins

  • Wildland animal attacks
  • Medical emergencies
    • Diabetes
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Seizures
    • Heart Attack
    • Angina
    • Stroke
    • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
    • Asthma
    • Hyperventilation
    • CHF
  • Abdominal Emergencies
    • Appendicitis
    • Obstructed Bowel
    • Gall Stones
    • Ectopic Pregnancy
    • Urinary Tract Infection
    • Kidney Stones
  • Obstetrical Emergencies
    • Child Birth
    • Neo-natal care
    • Emergencies in child birth
    • Pre and post-natal emergencies
  • Triage
  • Moving, packaging and transportation
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Search and Rescue basics
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Drug Protocols


FULL COURSE (10 days) RE-CERTIFICATION (5 days) BRIDGE COURSE from 40hr WAFA (5 days)
Dates: Nov 19-24 AND Nov 26-30
Course Fee: $835
Dates: Nov 26-30
Course Fee: $505
Dates: Nov 26-30
Course Fee: $535
 

Accommodations & Meals: $628
Accommodations only: $350
(includes use of kitchen)

 

Accommodations & Meals: $314
Accommodations only: $175
(includes use of kitchen)

 

Accommodations & Meals: $314
Accommodations only: $175
(includes use of kitchen)

 

Course fees include all materials, use of advanced equipment and scenario gear. Mornings are devoted to lectures and exams. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and first aid or emergency simulations. Evenings are free for study and assignments (readings and quizzes).

Accommodations are shared rooms with single beds or bunk beds. Bring your own bedding, towel and toiletries.

 

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622