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Alpine Backcountry Courses

‘Wilderness First Aid’ – If you are more than an hour from definitive care (Medical Centre/Hospital), access and communications are limited, and you may have to help co-ordinate the emergency response then ‘Wilderness First Aid’ will give you the advanced skills and knowledge required to provide the best care to your patient, whilst waiting for an extended period of time for help to arrive.

This Alpine Backcountry Wilderness First Aid Course is specifically designed for backcountry users. We have created a course to give participants the knowledge and skills to help manage a patient for a prolonged period of time whilst waiting for emergency services to arrive. The course is 4 days of practical training and assessment after completing online, self-directed learning modules and a pre-course exam (Please be aware the WFA exam is a generic exam based on the WFA skill set and not Alpine Specific) . The online learning modules are accessible pre, during and post the course allowing us to focus on practical training sessions and scenarios as much as possible. The combined delivery of the online modules and the face to face course is equivalent to an 95 hour course based on the nominal hours of delivery.


The 4 days will be spent training in the practical knowledge and skills and running realistic scenarios in the alpine environment. Knowledge in use of Beacons and Probes and Companion Rescue is essential.

Wilderness First Aid has a distinct focus because:

  • Injuries and illnesses occur outdoors, often in adverse conditions that affect both patients and rescuers.

  • Definitive medical care may be delayed for hours or days; by a difficult location, bad weather, lack of transportation or communications.

  • Certain injuries and illnesses are more common in alpine wilderness areas.

  • Medical care beyond urban first aid may be needed.

  • First Aid supplies and equipment are limited.

Survive First Aid Alpine Backcountry First Aid Course is delivered over 4 days of face to face practical training and scenarios after completing pre course learning modules. It focuses not only on the skills and knowledge required to provide the best care to a patient whilst waiting for an extended period of time for help to arrive, but also the skills and knowledge required to co-ordinate an appropriate response including communications to emergency services and evacuation considerations. Our standard course awards participants with the following units of competency.

HLTAID009 Provide CPR
22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies

in the Workplace

22578VIC - Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis

HLTAID011 Provide first aid
SISOFLD004 Provide first aid in remote locations
SISXEMR002 Coordinate and Emergency Response

For the new courses we have transitioned to some online pre course self directed learning modules which will allow us to focus completely on practical training and scenarios. Access to the learning modules will be provided once payment for the course has been made. The learning modules focus on the theory allowing the course to be as practical as possible. ​

Day 1 CPR, Patient Assessments, and Environmental Considerations.

Day 2 Trauma and Medical Practical Training, Scenarios

Day 3 Wound Care and Backcountry Gear Selection, Scenarios

Day 4 Scenarios in the backcountry

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