Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medial Associates

WSS offers Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness 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 (Thompson Rivers, Queens, Lakehead, Guelph, Windsor, Ryerson, McMaster… to name only a few), Rafting and Whitewater companies, Summer Camps and many more organizations. 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 WMA 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!

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.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

80 hours

Now the Canadian gold standard for wilderness trip leaders, the WFR course is complete medical training for anyone tripping or working in remote areas.

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 EMS Upgrade

50 Hours

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