EDUC 399 Wilderness Instructors Course

The Wilderness Instructors Course is offered every other May as part of the Outdoor Education May Term. The course is typically split into two units. The first unit is a Wilderness First Aid and Emergency Care unit offered on campus which leads to a Wilderness First Responder Certification. The second unit is a field practicum that focuses on canoeing in an immersive, expeditionary setting. The course is ideal for those students completing the Outdoor Education Designation or who wish to lead the August Wilderness summer pre-orientation. Coursework involves models of leadership, judgement, and decision-making as well as pedagogical considerations of experiential, field-based learning and teaching.

Wilderness Instructors Course May Term, Outdoor Education Spring 2014

Course Overview: The Wilderness Instructors Course is an intensive course for the developing outdoor educator. The course is made up of two parts. Participants are able to do one, or the other, or both components.

Application Deadline: October 15th (to IPO) 

Cost: WFR: $550; AFP: $700; Both: $1250

Pre-requisites: EDUC 210 (Outdoor Trip Leadership) or permission of instructor(s).

Wilderness First Responder: 

Created to provide outdoor leaders with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings, WFR is an 80-hour certification course that meets all DOT national standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations. The curriculum includes protocols for patient assessment, extended care, and wilderness rescue. This course is taught by SOLO, a world leader in Wilderness Medicine. (2 credits)  

Advanced Field Practicum:
Following the WFR course, we will travel to Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, to take part in a 10-day wilderness canoe tripping expedition. Here, we will focus on advanced leadership and technical skills in an immersive environment. Emphasizing opportunities for practice and feedback, students will travel in the backcountry learning and teaching outdoor skills such as navigation, camp craft, group facilitation, judgement, risk assessment, and leadership. (1 credit) 

Course Location: Killarney Provincial Park - Ontario

Course Syllabus (click here)

Course Equipment List (click here) 

Leaders: Alexia Springer and Gail Clark

Dates: WFR: May 14-22

            AFP: May 23-June 4



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