Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Become a Qualified First Aider & comply with legal provision: Occupational Safety & Health Act
- Demonstrate a systematic method of scene size-up and patient assessment.
- Understand the physiology and pathophysiology of critical body systems.
- Demonstrate Basic Life Support Skills including CPR, Rescue Breathing, AED use, hemorrhagic bleeding control and the management of airway obstructions.
- Provide life support and first aid in low resource, remote environments where access to professional medical assistance may be delayed
- Understand and apply Wilderness Medical Associates’ wilderness protocols
- Render First Aid in emergency situations including those involving traumatic or medical methods of injury.
Volunteers / Professionals Previous attendees include:
- Outdoor professionals, trip leaders and guides
- Expedition directors and leaders
- Camp staff
- Expedition / camp medics
- Medical professionals
- SRT & other rescue professionals
This course is comprised of 16-24 hours of online study and two days of face-to-face-workshop. Online study includes recorded video lectures, case studies, quizzes, eLearning activities and Zoom calls. The face-to-face workshop includes skils demonstrations, skills practice, PAS drills, a simulation and a written exam.
Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years. The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.
To recertify your current WMA International WAFA certification, you may take the Open Recertification course, retake the WAFA course or upgrade to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) by taking a Bridge (WAFA to WFR) course.
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
- The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
- SOAP Notebook
- The Wilderness & Rescue Medicine Textbook (WAFA Edition)
- Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes
Please bring with you:
- A raincoat. We will spend sometime outdoors regardless of weather.
- A notebook and pens, or a laptop or tablet.
- A change of clothes that can be cut or stained.
- A watch with a second hand.
- Mosquito repellant and sunscreen.
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
Name: Damien Santer
Damien is an ALS certified, paramedical practitioner and instructor trainer with Wilderness Medical Associates International.
Damien Santer was a member and trainer of a multidisciplinary rescue unit in regional NSW, providing vertical, road crash and flood rescue, storm damage support, first aid, general rescue and search and rescue. He was also a NSW State Rescue Board Accredited Operator. He is the group scout leader for one of the British Scouting Overseas groups in Kuala Lumpur, and a training advisor to the rest of world district of British Scouting Overseas.
- Diploma Paramedical Science (ongoing)
- EMT School, University of Colorado
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Suppurt, PPUKM
- Whitewater Rescue Technician, Rescue III
- Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment (Australia)
- Certificate III in Public Safety (NSW SES)
- General Rescue
- Search & Rescue
- Road Crash Rescue
- Vertical Rescue
- Floodboat Rescue
- Storm Operations
- Media Management
- First Aid