Remote First Aid

Comprehensive first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who live or work in a non-urban or remote workplace or community, or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Participants will gain the skills and training required for planning, preventing injury, and promoting individual safety in a remote setting.  Includes strategies for providing extended care in a remote setting for up to 24 hours. Part of the course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training.


  • 20 hours


  • Individuals who live or work in non-urban or remote workplaces or communities, or in a wilderness environment (2–3 hours from organized health care).


  • Participant must be in good health and physical condition

Completion Criteria

  • Ability to comprehend and successfully demonstrate the skills
  • Ability to complete a written, closed book, independently completed knowledge evaluation with a minimum mark of 75%
  • Must meet additional legislative requirements, if applicable
  • Participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course


  • 3-year certification in Remote First Aid & CPR C (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)


  • 8-10 hours of teaching time
  • Proof of current Remote First Aid or Wilderness Remote First Aid certification (or as legislation dictates) required.
  • Must have access to the most current CRC Remote First Aid participant materials

Course Content

  • Planning and assessment
  • Choking
  • Breathing and Circulation emergencies
  • CPR and AED
  • Wound care
  • Head, neck, and spinal injuries
  • Bone, muscle and join injuries
  • Sudden medical emergencies
  • Environmental injuries and illnesses
  • Poisons and wildlife
  • Extended care and evacuation
  • Occupational health and safety

Participant Materials

  • Wilderness & Remote Field Guide 
  • Trip Plan
  • Canadian Red Cross First Aid App (download)