Course Description

The Outdoor Survival program deals with how to turn the “unexpected” emergency event into one of planned response.  It prepares field operatives to cope and survive a night out should the helicopter fail to return or the quad break down!

Survival Training - Shelter Building, Rocky Mountain Adventure MedicineAs a company we recognize the talents of a few individuals who can, through many years of training, survive with a “box of matches and a bent pin.”  Our clients must recognize that the “average person” does not have the time or inclination to learn these skills to this extreme degree and must instead be prepared! As Franklin D. Roosevelt said… “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  There is a tremendous sense of apprehension about being stranded overnight and yet “fear” is simply false expectations that appear real.

The Outdoor Survival course takes fear out of the equation by replacing it with a comprehensive plan to ensure survival.  To fully integrate this course with the needs of our clients requires a review of the current Emergency Plan and the equipment that will accompany staff into the field.  The kit equipment will then be duplicated as closely as possible, so that staff members are exposed to the “actual” equipment that they will have at their disposal.  This familiarity helps to dispel some of the “fear” that occurs when the inevitable happens and the quad fails to start.

The course is ideally delivered in one class day and one field day with an “overnight” survival component.

Course Topics

  • Survival Psychology
  • Planning and Response
    • 9 essential elements for effective survival
  • First Aid Basics…
    • Review of concerns
    • Environmental Emergencies (Heat, Cold, Lightning, Drowning)
    • Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Shelter and Clothing
  • Fire Building
  • Signalling
  • Hydration
  • Food

Available Custom Course Components

(Choose two)

  • Animal Awareness
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Desert Survival Skills
  • Jungle Survival Skills

Course Details

There are two options for this program to meet the needs of our diverse clients.

8 hour program – with no overnight component

26 hour program – 4 – 6 hour classroom session followed by an overnight survival experience.

Typical formats:
26 hours – 9am on Day 1 – 11am on Day 2
26 hours – Session 1 – 4 hours in class; Session 2 – 11am then overnight survival experience ending at 9am the following day.

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Private Course Bookings

If you need to cancel your registration for an upcoming program, then the following terms will apply.

  1. If you cancel your registration 14 days or more prior to a program, all course fees will be returned to you except for a $25 administrative fee.
  2. If you cancel your registration less than 14 days prior to an upcoming program, then a refund will NOT be issued. Fees can be applied to another program that is being offered within 12 months of the original course date.*PLEASE NOTE THAT COURSE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST STILL BE MET
  3. No transfers are offered on or after 7 days prior to the course start date. A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all program transfers.
  4. In the event that Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine cancels an upcoming program, you will receive a full refund of your course fees.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: When you register for a program that is offered in conjunction with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, the University of Calgary or Camp Chief Hector, their transfer and cancellation policies are in effect since they handle course registrations. Their cancellation and transfer policies override the Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine policy.

Private Courses

If you are interested in booking a private course for your organisation please contact us directly using the form below:

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Thank you for being so flexible and accommodating to the Outdoor Centre First Aid Recert group and me. Your efforts and kindness was much appreciated. The first aid course was the best course I have taken to date. Dave’s knowledge, teaching skills, and experience was professional, enjoyable and appreciated.
Crystallee Calgary, AB