Upcoming Courses



Location: PENTICTON, B.C., APR 28 – 30, 2017


This course is designed for those who recreate in the outdoors exposed to the elements and far from the assistance of the 911 EMS systems. It is for outdoor leaders and responsible wilderness users who know that accidents happen and that medical help may be days away.

This is not similar to a St. Johns or Red Cross Course!

The instructor will be Jim Ongena, he has been teaching wilderness medical courses throughout Canada & U.S.A. for the past 34 years and is considered the pioneer of Wilderness First Aid in Eastern Canada. He has taught over 100 courses since 1982.

DAY 1 – introduction (scope of this course), liability concerns, anatomy & physiology, body surveys – primary, secondary and vitals, cold injuries, patient moving, soft tissue injuries, shock, head injuries, improvised carries.

DAY 2 – review Day 1, drowning, fractures, dislocations, sprains, review CPR & obstructed airways, spinals, simulation, lightning, snakes, spiders, and other nuisances, first aid kits, major simulation

DAY 3 – review Day 2, drugs, chest injuries, burns, heart attacks, and strokes.

Cost:     $300.00

Information and Registration:

Jim at 250-486-7166




Below is feedback from a course given to the West Coast Soaring Club:

“If anyone’s on the fence about this, I’d strongly encourage you to take this course. The knowledge you gain here could potentially save your or some else’s life.
As an MD I can tell you that basic first aid is insufficient to deal with trauma related in the wilderness. You really need a course tailor made for our sport and the type of terrain we often find ourselves flying over. In addition to potential injuries one might be faced with, one also needs to know how to survive after an out-landing or reserve deployment in inhospitable terrain.
From the content it looks like the ideal course for not just pilots, but for anyone who spends time outdoors, whether it’s hiking, skiing, mountain biking etc. I’ve taken two Wilderness first aid courses in my career and can assure you the stuff you learn there is invaluable.
I attended the 2nd day of the course and have to say that as an MD I was very impressed. The information was extremely practical and to the point and the simulations and feedback were all very good. I learned quite a few things myself about how to manage injuries with minimal equipment.
I would highly recommend this course for all pilots and anyone who spends time outdoors. Dr. Amir Izadi.[/quote]

“Some nuggets of useful stuff in the 1-day version:
1. How to stop bleeding using indirect pressure (if direct pressure was impractical due to, say, crushing or amputation of a limb).
2. How to use soft materials, or even parts of your own body, as splints for broken bones, rather than using branches / speedbar / tentpoles which will quickly chafe on a long hike out.
3. How to tape a sprained ankle (after you prevent the puffing up) so you can walk out of “Tiger County” on it…
4. The 10-second procedure to reset a dislocated shoulder (your own or somebody else’s) with a minimum of fuss (provided it’s within 5-10 minutes of the accident); useful if I ever dislocate my shoulder again 😉
5. How to transport a spinal victim, when there is no choice but to get them out on your own (no 911 access, no ambulance/truck/helicopter coming to get you, etc).  Insert plug for SPOT here 🙂 http://www.findmespot.ca/en/
Lots of other goodies too!
I even let Jim demonstrate the surgical stapler on my own arm, way less messy than Bandaids or Steri-Strips for closing an open wound!  And no, it didn’t hurt… Nicole McLearn.[/quote]

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