Wilderness First Aid

WSS offers Wilderness Medical Associates, 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.

From week-end campers to outdoor expedition guides, we offer a variety of courses to suit everyone’s needs.


Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

 16 hours

Equip yourself with the basic knowledge and skills to adapt standard first aid techniques to the demands of wilderness locations.


Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

40 hours

Designed as an introduction to backcountry medecine and treatment in the wilderness, this course is a basis for any outdoor adept!


Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

80 hours

Fast becoming the Canadian standard for wilderness trip leaders, the WFR first aid course is complete medical training for anyone tripping or working in remote areas.


WAFA to WFR Bridge Course

40 hours

WFR Bridge Course- 40 hours/Designed for graduates of our Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses that want to upgrade their certification to the Wilderness First Responder level.

WFR Re-Cert

WFR Recertification Course

30 to 40 hours

Our recert course runs independently in a 3 day, 30hr format or concurrently with our 4 day, 40hr Bridge course. The 40hr course is designed to accommodate students interested in recerting and upgrading to a WMA Wilderness First Responder regardless of what provider issued their original certification.


Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder(W-EMR) 210 Hours

Designed for professionals who face harsh environments, remote care situations, and extended periods without professional support.