Wilderness & Bear Awareness

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

Wilderness & Bear Awareness Online 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 Online Course
With the right training, anyone trapped in a survival situation can easily turn an unexpected night outdoors into an enjoyable experience.
Safety Health Publishing Inc.
Safety Health Publishing Inc. is dedicated to the highest quality in employee safety training. Wilderness & Bear Awareness is comprised of videos, a downloadable PDF of supplemental materials, and built-in testing and evaluation that gauges learning retention during and after course completion.


Wilderness Awareness

  • Responding appropriately to encounters with cougars, moose, elk, coyotes, wolves, and snakes in the wild
  • Putting together a survival kit
  • Minimizing and treating bites and stings from wood ticks, mosquitoes, spiders (black widow and brown recluse), and bees
  • Recognizing anaphylactic reactions to insect bites
  • Reducing exposure to West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and giardia and recognizing their onset
  • Building summer and winter shelters
  • Avoiding direct lightning strikes and danger from ground current and side flash strikes
  • Staying safe around trees during normal and high-wind situations
  • Signalling for help in a survival situation (phones, satellite GPS, signal fires, mirrors, and audible signals)
  • Purifying drinking water using several methods (chemical treatments, boiling, micro-filters, and ultraviolet treatment)
  • Preventing hypothermia and frostbite
  • Surviving cold water immersion

Bear Awareness

  • Differences between grizzly and black bears
  • Travelling safely in bear country
  • Recognizing and reacting to defensive and non-defensive bear attacks
  • How to use bear spray
  • How and when to use bear bangers

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 150 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.