Wilderness Safety Systems

Wilderness Safety Systems (WSS) provides quality emergency training and International Certifications. The dynamic nature of wilderness environments make it necessary to have specialized training to address the challenges of this unique context. These specialized courses are taught by leaders in their fields who are currently active in their respective industries.


WSS offers¬†Wilderness Medical Associated, First Aid Courses. WMA, established in the early ’70s, provides comprehensive backcountry medical training and certifications to outdoor and medical professionals at all levels. WMA provides training for Outward Bound, The National Parks Service (US), Parks Canada Wardens, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The FBI Tactical Medics, University Outdoor Programs (University College of the Caribou, Queens, Lakehead, Guelph, Windsor, Ryerson, McMaster… many more), Rafting and Whitewater companies, Summer Camps and many more. Anyone working in a remote environment should have some wilderness first aid training.

Our Swiftwater Rescue programs offer certification through Rescue 3 International. Rescue 3 has been providing quality training courses to outdoor and rescue professionals since the mid ’70s. Founded around its swiftwater rescue curriculum, Rescue 3 now offers courses in a wide range of disciplines. (For more info:¬†www.rescue3.com) These Swiftwater Rescue certifications are recognised globally as the industry standard. Swiftwater rescue is an essential training element for anyone working or recreating in and around moving water.

Ice Rescue certifications are offered by Wilderness Safety Systems. Our head instructor has six years of experience training employees of the mininstry of natural resources. This training program can be taken at the user or instructor level. Ranging from ice thickness and weight capacity discussions, hazard analysis, and some basic travel guidelines right through to the famed ice immersion experience and self-rescue practice, this series of courses is highly informative and educational. These training courses are invaluable to anyone who travels or works on a frozen ice cover.

Our Wilderness Survival skills courses are as fun as they are usefull. Starting with the basics of what to do if you are lost and ranging right through to long term survival strategies, these courses are guaranteed to change the way you look at the forest. WSS Instructors are highly accomplished backcountry travelers with decades of real-life experience to draw from. Twenty-four hour survival skills are essential for a responsible backcountry traveler or worker.