First Aid in the Wilderness

Know Wilderness First Aid and Be Prepared for a Canadian Rockies Backcountry Adventure

Learning wilderness first aid in the Canadian Rockies.We love to play in the great outdoors, and we guess you do too — after all, you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t. Of course outdoor recreation is one of the primary reasons people come to the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park

But playing outside comes with responsibility; safety is important when you’re out in the backcountry. If you or someone you’re with is injured, help may be a long time coming.

Yamnuska: your guides for every Canadian Rockies adventure.With this in mind, ever given further thought to taking a wilderness first aid course? Yamnuska Mountain Adventures hosts wilderness first aid courses by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine, Canada (RMAM). This 10-day (80 hour) course is the industry standard for outdoor professionals; many tour companies based in Western Canada require this type of certification for their guides.

Wilderness first aid course topics include:

-patient assessment system
-body systems
-environmental injuries/conditions
-anaphylaxis, lifting/moving/extrication
-patient carries
-backcountry medicine

Topics are covered in-depth and includes simulations, according to Yamnuska. The course is recommended for outdoor professionals as well as for folks like us that enjoy outdoor recreation. If you’re going to spend an extended period in the backcountry — days or weeks at a time – this can be good knowledge to have.

Yamnuska’s course is recognized by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety as an Advanced First Aid certificate. In 2011 the course runs January 6 – 15; April 16 – 25; and October 27 – November 5. Yamnuska also offers a three-day recertification course. Courses take place at Yamnuska headquarters in Canmore.

So now you can come to Canmore, take your wilderness first-aid course, then head to Banff, Lake Louise or back up here to Jasper where you can head out into the Canadian Rockies backcountry of Banff or Jasper National Park.

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