Wilderness First Aid Courses

Please note that our location has changed!   We are excited to announce that the 2024 Wilderness First Aid Courses will be held at Camp Tapawingo on the shores of Georgian Bay.   Shared Cabins or Camping are available on location for a fee.  See below the Course Description for further information. 

Wilderness First Aid courses are for anyone interested in expanding their first aid skills.  No pre-requisites are required for these courses, with the exception of the Bridge course. White Squall has been partnering with Wilderness Medical Associates International for years because they are the best of the best in remote and practical medicine. WMA’s  courses are known for offering cutting edge curriculum and a hands-on, scenario based approach to teaching the course.

Students on a Wilderness First Aid course.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) April 27 & 28, 2024

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 endeavours 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. Visit Wilderness Medical Associates, for more detailed course content.  Course ID 34265



April 27 – 28, 2024

How Long:

2 Days

How Much:

$330+ HST

Student getting help on a Wilderness First Aid Class at White Squall Paddling Centre

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) May 4 – 7, 2024

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals or rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. Visit Wilderness Medical Associates, for more detailed course content. There is no pre-requisite for this course.  Course ID 34267

*Note: Wilderness First Responder can cannot be recertified with a WAFA course, please book the Bridge/Open Recertification Course instead.



May 4 – 7, 2024

How Long:

4 Days

How Much:

$600 +HST

Student getting treated on a wilderness first aid course at White Squall Paddling Centre

Bridge WAFA to WFR or Open Re-certification for WFR May 9 – 12, 2024

The Bridge 4-day course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or can be taken as an Open Re-certification to re-certify an existing WFR certification. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. Visit Wilderness Medical Associates, for more detailed course content.

If you’re re-certifying an up-to-date WFR, please bring your current certification card with you.  Course ID 34268



May 9 – 12, 2024

How Long:

4 Days

How Much:

$600 +HST

Students practising wilderness first aid on a course at White Squall Paddling Centre

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) May 4 – 12, 2024 (one day break May 8)

The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.

The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary. Visit Wilderness Medical Associates, for more detailed course content.  Course ID 1080



May 4 – 12, 2024 (May 8 OFF)

How Long:

8 Days

How Much:

$1080 +HST

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel 15 or more days in advance for whatever reason, we’re happy to offer you a full refund minus a $50 office fee.
If within 15-days of the start,  we’ll shake the bushes and do our best to find a replacement, but if we can’t – there is no refund available as the Wilderness Medical Assoc.  require of us to have a confirmed number of participants to operate.  If we do find someone, you’ll get a full refund less the $50 office fee.  This applies even if it’s a sudden emergency or medical issue…sorry about that.

Course Location

We are really excited to be hosting the course at Camp Tapawingo – right on the shores of Georgian Bay. The Camp is just south of Parry Sound: 75 Glenn Burney Rd, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X1


  • Please be at Camp Tapawingo ready to go at 8:30 am sharp, on day 1.
  • Courses run 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (break for lunch) Your group leader might have some other ideas once you get there.


  • Bring your own food and drinks for lunches and snacks. There are no restaurants nearby and we don’t want you starving.


Camping will be available on site for a cost of $25.00 per night

Shared accommodations in rustic cabins will be available on site for a cost of $30.00 per night.

A kitchen facility is available for use.

Map of Camp Tapawingo Location

Camp Tapawingo

75 Glenn Burney Road
Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X1

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