Events and Special Courses

Do you like to get away from the city and play outdoors? Great, so do we!  

But have you asked yourself "WHAT IF??" 

Regardless of whether you paddle, snowshoe, hike, fish, hunt, run, ski, camp, snowmobile, or simply wander around enjoying the sounds of nature... whatever your passion... are you best prepared to deal with an emergency if one arises? 

If you would like the skills and peace of mind that comes with proper training, to help yourself or someone in your group deal with a medical emergency in the backcountry, then this course is for you. 

Parkland Paddling Club is excited to bring this internationally recognized and industry leading 40 hr WAFA training to the Parkland. This course is sanctioned by  Wilderness Medical Associates International and your instructor will be Neil McDonald, one of the industry's best!  

The next time you head out to play outdoors, be prepared and confident - a great adventure is a safe adventure!  See below for course details. Contact Mick Lautt for registration package. 


2019 Spring Course Information

Dates:     May 2, 3, 4, & 5, 2019.          Times:               8:30-4:30 daily. 

Fee:         $455.00.                                      Location:     Dauphin Fire Hall  &  Vermillion Park

Summary as Provided by Wilderness Medical Associates:

An entry-level course designed for professionals and outdoor adventurers, spending time in significantly remote settings for days or weeks.  

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.

**If you are using this course to recertify a WMA WEMT it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.**


Sample Syllabus

Day 1 - Introduction/Registration; Systems Based Critical Thinking; Infection Control; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory & Respiratory Systems; Adult CPR; Basic Life Support

Day 2 - Quiz/Case Studies; Nervous System, Spine Management; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Lifts, Moves, and Extrications; Splints - Extremities; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3 - Quiz/Case Studies; Thermoregulation; Bites and Stings; Lightning; Elective Topics; Wounds and Burns; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Improvised Patient Carries; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 4 - Case Study Review; Elective Topic; Backcountry Medicine; Medical and Legal Issues; Patient Assessment Drills; Simulations; Final Exam; Conclusion


As part of Wilderness Medical Associates International’s commitment to your medical rescue training, our instructors and management will consult your group’s needs and teach according to your group’s backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.


This course is scheduled for 4-days or 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years. The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE

Included Materials

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 Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes


We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.


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.


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.


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.

To express interest and get your name on the course list, please e-mail directly.  Registration packages will be available shortly. Space is limited.

WMA Advantage

Partnering with organizations in an array of industries, Wilderness Medical Associates International provides the highest quality medical training to those who work or play in remote areas. Our teaching methods and treatment principles give students the skills and confidence to respond to emergency medical situations.

Our cutting-edge curriculum, exceptional instructors, and a conceptual approach to training is the most sought-after in our industry.

Why Wilderness Medical Associates International?

  • Curriculum. Based on nearly three decades of oversight and continual review by a faculty committee of medical practitioners, our curriculum is established, proven and is based on conceptual learning and critical thinking.
  • Instructors are medical professionals who are in the field doing what they teach. They are required to complete rigorous training and bring an unprecedented amount of experience to the courses they teach.
  • Courses devote significant time to practical sessions and realistic rescue simulations that prepare students for the stress of actual emergency situations in the field.
  • Recognition. Teaching over 8,000 students annually, and having been teaching courses since the 1980’s, we are the “standard by which all other wilderness medical providers are judged.”

We provide more than skills and knowledge. We also provide the confidence and competence to use them in the field.