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The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is a three day certified course in Tofino. This course takes place over 3 days; Friday evening to Sunday. Only the Friday evening portion (CPR portion) of the course takes place inside. The rest of the course is run in the field with a focus on hands on experience. Students will learn and practice; spinal immobilization, building splints, building stretchers, carrying patients in a stretcher over rugged terrain, treating hypothermia, re-aligning fractures and dislocation as well as a variety of other wilderness rescue procedures.

Most importantly the course develops students abilities to help patients by developing wilderness emergency decision making skills required to assess patients and make evacuation plans. Students will practice both the acquired hard skills in combination with decision making skills during realistic outdoor scenarios designed to build students confidence in their ability to respond to emergencies in remote settings.

This is an interactive hands on course, students should be prepared to spend full days outside, get dirty, wet, work hard and have fun.

What Is The Difference Between The Various Wilderness First Aid Courses?

20h WILDERNESS FIRST AID (this course)

Those that often work or live in a remote environment. Introductory course covers all the basics of providing first aid in a wilderness environment.

40 h WILDERNESS FIRST AID – $449+gst

Those that work and/or spend significant time and lead others in the wilderness. This is an ideal course for guides and those leading multi day wilderness trips. This is also the certifiation required for an Assistant Overnight sea kayak guide with SKGABC.

Course Instructor

Red Cross instructor Emre Bosut, owner of Swell Education brings 18 years of outdoor industry and instructing experience to Swell’s wildenress first aid courses. With a background in whitewater instucting and guiding Emre has worked around Canada and internationally as a guide in mountain, river, and surf environments.

Certification Length

3 years



Age Restriction

None. But please be aware the course is physically demanding. Recommended age 16 and up.

Course Dates And Time

Wilderness and Remote First-Aid w/CPR-C is a three day course.
This course is one evening and 2 full days.


Course Schedule:

Fri – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sat – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sun – 8:30am to 4:30pm

To secure your place in a course Swell requires full payment. We will issue a full refund for courses that are cancelled because of unsafe weather conditions or for courses that do not run if participant minimums are not reached. If  we receives notice of a participant’s withdrawal from the course within fourteen days before the course date, a refund will be issued less a $20 administration fee.