Participants’ Section

Sirius courses are hands-on skill-building experiences. They are practical, challenging and intensive. Sirius places a great deal of emphasis on competency-based learning models. All theoretical material taught in a Sirius course is supported by practical exercises and outdoor simulations, which provide participants with a direct and realistic environment in which to learn and practice their skills.

Preparing for a Course

Sirius courses demand both a high level of concentration and some physical effort. It is important to arrive to your course well-rested. We recommended that you avoid planning additional activities during meals or evenings between course days.

Sirius requires full participation and attendance in all of our courses. If for any reason you are not able to participate in any component of the course, contact our office to see if alternative arrangements may be made.


CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite for all Wilderness First Aid courses.

Without valid CPR/AED certification, you are not eligible to receive a Wilderness First Aid card.

Sirius offers a CPR/AED module as part of the course. To be exempt from this module, you must have a CPR/AED card that is valid for 12 months beyond the date of the course.

  • If you have valid CPR/AED certification, please email proof to our offices before the course.
  • If you do not have valid CPR/AED certification, please contact our offices before the course to register and pay for the CPR module.

Materials Provided by Sirius

  • Each participant is provided with a comprehensive wilderness first aid course manual, distributed on the first day of the course.

Sirius courses are designed to provide students with practical experience that incorporates hands-on learning and realistic simulations. All specialized teaching aids are provided by Sirius, including:

  • First aid equipment and supplies, bandages, splints, spinal boards, etc.
  • First aid kits and material used in demonstrations and practical sessions
  • Complete make-up kits and props for realistic simulations
  • Accident report forms and course handouts

Materials to Be Brought by Participants

Wilderness first aid training programs involve the use of equipment that you would normally have along on an overnight excursion. Participants are required to bring the following equipment to a course:

  • A watch with seconds – for recording vital signs
  • Pen and paper
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear – for indoor sessions
  • Outer wear and clothing – suitable for outdoor activities (rain or shine)
  • Small backpack (daypack)— to carry equipment during simulations
  • Foam sleeping pad – for outdoor sessions and splinting material
  • Sleeping bag – for outdoor simulations
  • Tarp or ground sheet (3m X 3M) – for outdoor simulations and patient care
  • Rope, 5mm X 5 m – for patient care
  • A headlamp (if evening sessions are planned)
  • A water bottle


Participant skills and knowledge are evaluated throughout the course in review sessions, quizzes and through ongoing assessment of skill acquisition.

Participant skills and knowledge are also evaluated on the final day of the course. This includes a multiple-choice exam that is corrected and reviewed in class. For advanced courses (AWFA and WFR), there is a final practical exam.

Sirius Certification

Participants who have successfully completed each course will receive their certificate within 4 weeks of the course’s end.

All Sirius course certifications are valid for three (3) years. Sirius continues, however, to encourage course participants to maintain their skills and knowledge through frequent practice sessions, in-house training and by following refresher courses annually. Indeed many Sirius clients take recertification courses every year regardless of the expiration date printed on their cards.