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Revision WEC INFO/APP2022

Information Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

This document contains the following sections:

The printed versions of these documents is in pdf format. If you have Acrobat Reader (which comes preinstalled on most Mac and Windows computers), it is the preferred method of viewing and printing these forms and information.

WARNING: This information is subject to change without notice. Call or email before you book or make plans.

NOTICE / COVID 19: Once again in 2022 it is possible that we may be requiring that participants are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated and have a medical exemption or have valid grounds for not getting vaccinated we have a special program designed for these circumstances. You will need to email us with your specific details and we will forward the details to you individually.

This letter will serve to introduce you to Wilderness Emergency Care or "WEC" Advanced First Aid courses that are scheduled in 2022. There were five WEC refreshers scheduled in 2021 and four so far in 2022. The spring WEC refresher has been postponed until autumn.No full 10 day courses are scheduled until issues pertaining to COVID 19 are more certain

WEC Refreshers are normally four and a half days and are presently scheduled on:
a. September 26 - 29, 2022 (Monday to Thursday) in Jasper, AB - spots available
b. October 17 - 20, 2022 (Monday to Thursday) in Revelstoke, BC - spots available
c. October 24 - 27, 2022 (Monday to Thursday) in Golden, BC - spots available
d. November 7 - 10, 2021 (Monday to Thursday) in Canmore, AB - spots available
e. 40 hour OWLS Wilderness First Aid: AUTUMN TBA (Monday to Friday) in Canmore, AB - details peding

Special Note: 90 percent of all of the WEC refreshers in the last five years were booked completely to capacity. Do not book your spot at the last minute or you may risk not getting on the dates that you prefer. Remaining spots will listed in the future.

Cost of the WEC refresher is $500 plus GST (total $525.00), which now includes a mandatory CPR refresher and handouts. Your textbook is not included in the fees for the refresher. A very limited number of textbooks may now be rented, but only by prior arrangement. If your certificate has expired, contact our office for special pricing on attending a full course. Course dates are subject to change without notice. (CMH employees contact the Ops Coordinator in the Banff CMH office to book your spot.)

A WEC full course was NOT scheduled for 2020 or 2021 due to COVID 19 concerns. No full course dates will be posted for 2022 until we are fairly certain that the pandemic has dramatically cooled off. Cost of the full course is typically 850.00 including textbook and supplies. The course includes CPR, AED, Advanced Wilderness First Aid plus First Responder certifications. These courses often fill rapidly so please contact us as soon as possible to obtain an application form and further details.

NOTE regarding meeting location and times: All courses begin at 08:00 AM.

All locations are tentative at the moment. Typical locations: The Jasper courses begin at 08:00 AM at a location to be announced. The Canmore courses begin at 08:00 AM at the Bill Warren Training Centre. The Golden course begins at 08:00 AM in Golden, BC but may not be at the usual venue. The Revelstoke course begins at 08:00 AM in Revelstoke, BC. The venue is NOT confirmed for Revelstoke but the course will run on those dates. All course locations are subject to change as conditions dictate. For all other courses please contact the office. Beginning in September you can visit the website Course Meeting Times and Places page to confirm starting times, dates and venues before any course you are attending.

Notice to Parks Canada personnel: If you are a warden, visitor safety specialist or resource management specialist and need a first aid refresher similar to PER please note that Rescue Dynamics has been delivering several OWLS and WEC courses to Parks personnel in Western and Northern Canada. Contact the public safety supervisor in your park to see if something special has been arranged in your area. Otherwise we invite you to attend any of the regularly scheduled WEC refreshers instead. If your requirement for training has now dropped from an 80 hour to a 40 hour course check out the OWLS course information.

To confirm a spot on a WEC course, you must prepay a $100.00 non-transferable, non-refundable deposit and complete the application form. Please note, course fees include textbook price on the full course only and not the refresher. Cheques should be made payable to Rescue Dynamics. We also accept MasterCard(r) and Visa(r). If you wish to pay by credit card, you must download the WEC full course application forms or the WEC Refresher Course Application Forms AND the booking and cancellation policy and credit card form which contain all of the forms you need to complete your application.

If you have not paid, your spot is NOT booked. The balance of payment is due eight weeks prior to the course beginning. (If less than four weeks before a course, phone to ensure availability.) To avoid being disappointed, book immediately upon reading this letter. If enrollment is inadequate, we reserve the right to cancel a course and refund your course fees in full. (We have only ever cancelled two WEC courses in the last ten years!) See our website for complete cancellation policies and procedures.

For full courses you must have a valid standard first aid certificate or equivalent (EMFA is equivalent). For the refresher, you must have completed a WEC or equivalent advanced first aid course or refresher in the last 36 months. Equivalencies must be approved by Rescue Dynamics before the course begins.


The "Rescue Exam" is now concurrent with a simulation practice. Skill Sheets which must be completed in FULL in order to attain a passing grade on the practical. The old practical exam will no longer take place, thus the emphasis on the skill sheets will be far greater. Missing class time that results in missing skill sheets will constitute a FAIL as all skill sheets MUST be completed properly. Missing a full day of class also constitutes a fail.

In addition, on refresher courses students now write their written exam on the second last evening.

Also new starting in 2021 is a new written exam: At the end of the written exam, students are required to review the answer booklet so that they can learn from the written exam and discover what questions they may have answered incorrectly.

Again in 2021 we will be using a new pre-course homework assignment that is be handed in before your final exams are written. It has been revised several times since its inception. You must print the worksheet and complete it before the course begins. It requires Adobe Acrobat 8.0 or higher to print. If you get an error message the most common reason is that you are using an old copy of Acrobat. If you have problems printing the worksheets we can mail you a printed copy. You can only get to this document directly at this URL. There was a NEW revised version of the worksheet for 2020 and further updates will be made available for 2021. The worksheets are PDF files and will download when you click the link.

The course content is outlined on the course schedule which can be emailed out to you or downloaded from our website. If you have never been on a WEC course, you have never done anything like this before. The course is extremely intense. You average 9 hours a day in theory and practical sessions. This is longer than most people are used to. There may be a practical evening sessions on Wednesday if the group falls behind in skills practice. Do NOT schedule any other courses, activities or social engagements during the entire period of the course.

If you miss a class, we consider you to be an adult student and you are responsible to pick up information you missed. Experience also shows that missing an hour or two may not be fatal but missing a day of class automatically results in failure.

We will provide all of the instructional and first aid equipment. Your handouts and your student skill sheets are included in your fees. We now have even more high quality equipment on the courses than ever before including four new vacuum mattresses, all new vacuum splints, new suction units, new scoop stretchers, new oxygen regulators and much, much more. Every two students on course have a complete kit of equipment to share for all of the skill sheets except spinal motion restriction where we have a maximum of five students per spine board, vacuum mattress or KED.

On full courses we do outdoor simulations, so please be sure your clothing can handle changes in weather, including heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, sun and insects. Bring a set of clothing that can get wet and dirty. Please bring some outdoor equipment for improvisation sessions and for adding reality to simulations. Your instructors will tell you on which days they will be required. Packs, paddles, skis, poles, sleeping pads, throw bags, ice axes and any other gear you may use is great. The more variety, the better. On the weekend off during a full course plan to relax, study and practice. Experience shows that students need all their time to commit to the course to study and succeed without physical and psychological strain

You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the entire course. Bring your own pencil, pen and notebook / paper for taking notes in class. The meeting time and place for your specific course will be conveyed to you when you pay your course fees. Questions? Call or send email to


Cyril Shokoples IFMGA
Chief Instructor / Mountain Guide


©2003 Rescue Dynamics

NOTICE: The course schedule below is due to be revised just after Autumn 2019, in large part to address changes in best practices. Use the information below as a general guideline only.

Unauthorized duplication is absolutely forbidden - revision 021212

Lesson Name Reference - 3rd Edition OEC Reference - 4th Edition OEC
1 Introduction & Orientation
2 Roles, Responsibilities & Legal (handout) (handout)
3 Trip Planning & Accident Prevention (handout) (handout)
4 Wilderness Accident Management (handout) (handout)
5 An Overview of Human Anatomy (chapter 2 & 3) (chapter 2)
40 Body Substance Isolation (appendix F & lecture) (Page 55-60 & lecture)
6 Diagnostic Signs (chapter 3) (chapter 3)
7 Body Survey & Vitals Practical (chapter 19 & skill sheets) (chapter 7 & skill sheets)
Day 2
8 Records, Reports & History Taking (chapter 4) (chapter 7)
9 Respiratory System (chapter 2 & 14) (chapter 4 & 6)
11 Chest Injuries (chapter 14) (chapter 22)
12 Oxygen Administration & Suction (chapter 5) (chapter 6)
13 Oxygen Administration & Suction Practical (skill sheets) (skill sheets)
14 Circulatory System (chapter 2 & 6) (chapter 4 & 8)
10 Artificial Ventilation Review (chapter 4 & 5) (chapter 6)
15 CPR review (chapter 4 / appendix B) (CHF materials)
Evening skills stations (practical) (practical)
Day 3
16 Bleeding & 17 Soft Tissue Injuries (chapter 6 & 7) (chapter 8 & 19)
18 Dressing & Bandaging Practical (skill sheets) (skill sheets)
19 Shock (chapter 6) (chapter 9)
20 Musculoskeletal System (chapter 2) (chapter 4)
71 Lifting & Moving - Practical (chapter 20 & skill sheets) (chapter 27 & skill sheets)
21 Orthopedic Injuries (chapter 9, 10, 11 & 21) (chapter 24)
22 Upper Extremity Injuries (chapter 10) (chapter 25)
23 Upper Extremity - Practical (skill sheets) (skill sheets)
Day 4
24 Pelvis & Lower Extremity Injuries (chapter 11) (chapter 25)
25 Pelvis & Lower Extremity - Practical (skill sheets) (skill sheets)
26 Central Nervous System (chapter 2) (chapter 26)
27 Injuries of the Skull & Brain (chapter 12) (chapter 26)
28 Injuries of the Spine (chapter 13) (chapter 26)
29 Injuries of the Spine - Practical (skill sheets) (skill sheets)
30 Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat (chapter12) (chapter20 & 21)
Evening skills stations (practical) (practical)
Day 5
Review Session
31 Abdomen & Digestive System (chapter 2) (chapter 4)
32 Injuries to the Abdomen & Acute Abd (chapter 15, 16 & 17) (chapter 13 & 23)
33 Gastrointestinal & Genitourinary (chapter 16) (chapter 23)
34 Triage (lecture / chapter 22) (lecture / chapter 28 & 29)
69 Patient Positioning (lecture) (lecture)
70 Improvisation Techniques (practical) (practical)
Simulations (practical) (practical)
Day 6
Review Session
35 Cardiac Emergencies (chapter 17) (chapter 11)
36 CVA (chapter 17) (chapter 12)
37 Pulmonary Disorders (Dyspnea) & Asthma (chapter 16) (chapter 10)
38 Diabetes (chapter 17) (chapter 13)
Unconsciousness & Seizures (chapter 12)
41 Hypothermia (chapter 18) (chapter 15)
Day 7
42 Frostbite (chapter 18) (chapter 15)
43 Heat Emergencies (chapter 18) (chapter 15)
44 Burns & UV Injuries (chapter 7 & 18) (chapter 15 & 19)
45 Lightning & Electrical Injuries (chapter 18) (chapter 19)
46 Hazardous Materials (lecture) (Appendix 2)
48 Drowning & Near Drowning (chapter 25) (chapter 15)
72 Wilderness Patient Transportation (chapter 20 & practical) (chapter 27 & practical)
75 One on One Simulations Session A (practical) (practical)
Day 8
Review Session
52 Avalanche Related Injuries (chapter 18) (chapter 15)
54 Climbing Related Injuries (lecture) (lecture)
56 Medical Problems related to Altitude (chapter 18) (chapter 15)
57 Poisons (chapter 23) (chapter 13)
58 Allergies, Stings & Bites (chapter 24) (chapter 13)
60 Psychological Support (lecture) (page 49 - 52 & lecture)
75 One on One Simulations Session B (practical) (practical)
61 Helicopters & Aircraft (handout) (handout)
Evening skills stations (practical) (practical)
Day 9
Review Session
64 Non-Emergent Medical Problems (chapter 16 & lecture) (appendix D & lecture)
66 Medications (appendix C, D & lecture) (appendix C, D & lecture)
67 First Aid Kits (appendix D & lecture) (appendix C & lecture)
68 Emergency Communications (lecture) (lecture)
65 Prolonged Backcountry Care (appendix C & lecture) (appendix D & lecture)
75 One on One Simulations Session C (practical) (practical)
Day 10
Morning - Written Examination
Afternoon - Practical Examinations
TOTALS 90.00

Optional Module Topics (ask instructor for details)

Professional CPR / AED recertification
Diving Related Injuries (Barotrauma)
Substance Abuse
Pediatric Patients
Water Self Rescue Awareness
Ice Rescue Awareness
Avalanche Awareness
Climbing Self Rescue Awareness
Rope Rescue Awareness


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