Crash Course:
Wilderness First Aid

Crash Course Series

DIY Emergency Medicine

Standard first aid training prepares us to dress injuries, preform CPR, and keep patients alive until emergency workers arrive. But where help is out of reach, knowing what to do in an emergency health situation can mean the difference between life and death.

As part of our Crash Course series, this three day, hands-on course combines the complete Red Cross approved first aid training program, with additional specialized training in remote wilderness and natural emergency medicine. Through practical assignments and lessons in the field, students will graduate with the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with invaluable life-saving skills to keep us safe in remote locations.

Course Outline

Red Cross First Aid Training

Following the Red Cross First Aid curriculum and taught by a Red Cross certified instructor, students will equip with the foundational life-saving skills included in the standard first aid certification program. These include; CPR, splinting, securing an incident site, collecting patient information, treatment of trauma injuries and more.

Upon completing this portion of the course, the group will have the option to receive certification (additional Red Cross admin fee of $126.09 per student applies).

Remote Emergency Response

With basic first aid skills under your belt, we move into the field to equip ourselves with complete backwoods emergency response skills. In this scenario, our goal is no longer to simply prepare a patient for emergency workers, but rather to respond to an emergency situation from start to finish.

The skills we’ll cover include; primary and secondary survey methods, patient extrication and field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot and lashing concepts, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations including burn care, splinting and bandaging, ankle and knee stabilization for walking, high altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries, treating disease and infection, managing wildlife encounters and injuries, snake and insect bites and stings, shock, head injuries, water purification and fluid replacement, and off-grid emergency preparedness.

Natural Emergency Medicine

Maximizing health outcomes in a wilderness emergency situation means knowing how to make use of powerful plant medicines available in the environment. This unit covers fundamental herbal first aid concepts including wound care and infection management, bleeding cessation, pain management, respiratory herbal first response, gastrointestinal herbal first response, as well as preparing and administering essential herbal remedies. Students will prepare an ‘herbal first aid kit’, gaining knowledge of local medicinal plants for application in remote and at-home treatment.

Your Instructor

Gabriel Jones,
Red Cross certified instructor

Gabriel is an artist, wilderness enthusiast, and certified wilderness first aid instructor. He has created training programs used by Nova Scotia search and rescue teams and has experience training hundreds of Nova Scotians in first aid and wilderness emergency medicine.


North Mountain Permaculture1214 Hampton Mountain Rd HamptonNova Scotia B0S 1L0 Canada Directions

“Gabriel made this serious topic fun and rewarding to learn… I left the course feeling like a wilderness superhero!”

Former student

Be a remote medicine hero!

Join us on this 3-day wilderness first aid intensive and equip yourself with invaluable lifesaving skills and the confidence to respond in a remote health emergency.


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