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 Wilderness First Aid 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. 


Course Information

Dates:     DATES TBA.                   Times:               8:00-5:00 daily. 

Fee:         $-----.00.                            Location:     Dauphin Fire Hall  &  Vermillion Park

* Additional course information will be sent to you upon registration. 

Summary as Provided by Wilderness Medical Associates:

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.


Course Content

The expected target audience is seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.

Course topics are:
Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine


Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field.

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.

Elective topics to specific environments (altitude, tropical, SCUBA, offshore medicine, etc.) can be added to the WFA course content. Please talk to the office or instructor at time of booking.


This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.


Certifications are valid for three years. Students should retake the WFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness Advanced First Aid and or Wilderness First Responder.

U.S. courses only: Students that take the WFA course will receive a $30US rebate eligible towards any WMA International course 4 days or longer.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  •  Wilderness First Aid Guide
  • SOAP Notebook;
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook


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.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.


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.