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This course has become a minimum standard for outdoor professionals who work in a wilderness setting. Course content extends far beyond urban-based first aid programs to include elements inherent in working on remote sites beyond the reach of Emergency Medical Services.


WFA theory and practice, with a special emphasis on accident scene management, group leadership, rescuer responsibility and liability, prevention of injuries, advanced first aid kits, wound management and managing the trauma victim.


Certification is valid for three years. To recertify this course, you must take a Wilderness First Aid (20 hours) before the expiry date on your card.

Location: Laurentian University

Price: $550 + HST /person

Date: May 21-24, 2019

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Lake Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem


Novice paddlers are introduced to paddling with a partner in sheltered calm waters and basic land and water rescue techniques.



Typical Course Length

One (1) day

Location: Laurentian University

Price: $100 + HST /person

Date: May 13, 2019

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Camping Leadership and Lake Canoe Skills Advanced

Camping Leadership is an intermediate/advanced camping program for those who want to develop their leadership and group management skills. For example: leading groups of adults or children as a formal leader, or informally among friends and family.

At the end of this program, the successful student will be able to take a formal leadership role in the planning and execution of a recreational camping trip, provided the participant has also achieved the Paddle Canada certification appropriate to the vessels used and expected conditions of said trip.

Throughout the course, participants will be expected to take on leadership roles in various activities such as trip preparation, extended scenarios, group decision making, advanced navigation, meals, etc.

Participants paddle with a partner in open lake waters, to show confidence and ability to paddle in dynamic paddling environments, thus allowing to travel longer distances on open water, and to exhibit leadership that will enable the planning and execution of a day trip in an open water environment in a variety of wind conditions.  The candidate will perform a variety of rescues, strokes, and manoeuvres with emphasis on precision, efficiency and control.



  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Camping Skills Certification
    • Wilderness Camping certification, or equivalent experience and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
  • Paddling Skills Certification
    • A Paddle Canada skills course appropriate to the vessel used and conditions on which the camping course takes place, as outlined by the course director, or equivalent skills and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
  • Other Certifications:
    • Current certification in wilderness first aid (minimum 16 hours).
    • Leave No Trace training strongly recommended.
  • Camping Experience:
    • Minimum of 4 logged camping trips with a combined 12 nights or more of camping in a wilderness environment. Two of the logged trips need to be a minimum of 4 days each. It is not necessary that any of the logged trips involve paddling.

Intermediate Lake Tandem or permission of Instructor based on proof of prior learning of equivalent skill and knowledge.


Certification Expiry

Upon successful completion, this certification is valid so long as the student also holds current certifications in wilderness first aid (minimum 16 hour) and the Paddle Canada skills certification appropriate to the vessels used and expected trip conditions.

Typical Course Length

6 days

If this course is offered as a stand-alone program, then the course length will be a minimum of 32 hours of instruction (4 days) including a 3-night camping trip. Due to the nature of this program and to provide ample opportunity for each student to practice leadership skills, this course might need to be extended for larger classes.

If this course is offered in conjunction with another Paddle Canada paddling course (e.g. Stand Up Paddleboard Advanced Flatwater skills) then the course length will be the total length of the two courses combined. For example, if the other paddling skills course is normally 2 days long then the total teaching days would be 6 days.

Location: Laurentian University

Price: $600 + HST /person

Date: May 21-26, 2019

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