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Oct 1, 2006, 6:14 AM
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Wilderness First Aid/Responders Courses (Ontario)
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So I'd like to get my foot in the door of the outdoor/climbing industries by getting some certifications and increasing my own knowledge. I think a good place to start is First Aid. I already have Standard First Aid/CPR C (expires Nov), but I'm wondering about good Wilderness First Aid courses. I've looked at the Outward Bound and Wilderness Medical Associates websites and I'm wondering (for those who have taken WFA) which course is better? Is there a better WFA company out there? Would a college course/program be the best course of action? If so, which one?

I assume most people take a WFA course before moving to Wilderness First Responder. Does a WFR course include everything from WFA, and can you take a WFR course and skip WFA altogether? Would you recommend it?

Lastly, for those who have taken either WFA or WFR, do you have any tips or experiences in taking the courses which you'd care to share? Most notably information you wouldn't find on a course website.

Thanks in advance for tips and advice!


timm


Oct 1, 2006, 6:27 AM
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I would recommend the WFR course from WMI. For most outdoor professions, it is the required minimum medical training. For example, it is required by the AMGA for their certifications to be valid.

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Not sure if you have done it yet or not. But I say go for the WMA WFR course. I've been a WFR for numerous years now and it is a good level to be at. I've used the WFA as a re-cert a few years ago and plan to do the whole course over again this year.


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Mar 22, 2007, 9:20 AM
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I did it with St. John's Ambulance. It was a pretty good course. Learned a fair bit. Haven't practiced in over 3 years so it's pretty much useless. But that's beside the point.


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