Wilderness & Bear Awareness

Earn your Wilderness & Bear Awareness certificate upon successful completion of this course


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  • : English
  • : Yes
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  • Workplace Safety

Course overview


For many, wilderness survival is the stuff of movies, but in reality workers across all industries face the potential of a deadly encounter with nature. Cars get stranded, maps get misread, and when those survival situations strike, the best tools for anyone to have are knowledge and preparation. That?s why this Wilderness & Bear Awareness course is designed to give employees the knowledge they need to feel secure any time they venture into the great outdoors.

This course, developed by Safety Health Publishing Inc., emphasizes a stop, think, observe, and plan approach to wilderness survival. After taking this 2.5 hour course, employees will be able to apply this tried and tested procedure for disaster engagement in any scenario, whether lost on the highway or facing a bear attack. Preparing for the unexpected is the only way to react quickly in an emergency situation.

Additionally, employees will gain expert insight from the experts themselves. Twenty-five-year veteran paramedic and firefighter, Martin Lesperance, founder of Safety Health Publishing Inc., has spent over a decade designing safety courses for a broad cross-section of industries. Lesperance?s experience and insight, along with that of other wilderness survival experts, has been condensed for easy consumption so that workers can learn how to deal with different types of animal attacks, how to survive exposure to the elements, and how to get help when stranded.

Wilderness Awareness
  • Responding appropriately to encounters with cougars, moose, elk, wolves, or snakes in the wild
  • Minimizing and treating bites and stings from wood ticks, mosquitoes, and bees
  • Bear awareness
  • Physical differences and general characteristics of bears
  • Bear behaviour and body language
  • Hibernation
  • Food sources
  • How to store food in a campsite
  • Hunting, camping, and travelling safely in bear country
  • Avoiding bear encounters
  • Recognizing and reacting to defensive and non-defensive attacks
  • When and how to play dead
  • Using and handling bear spray
Bear bangers
  • Reducing exposure to Lyme disease
  • Building emergency shelters in winter and summer months
  • Reacting to lightning
  • Staying safe around trees during normal and high-wind situations
  • Signalling for help
  • Making water safe for drinking
  • Preventing hypothermia and frostbite