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CAFATP - Sports First Responder 

The purpose of this course is to ensure that all Canadian Armed Forces Athletic Trainer Program (CAFATP) trainers have the necessary skills to provide emergent care at all levels of sporting events from local to international. 

This course is required for all CAFATP participants.

Course Length

3 days (theory/practical) with an 8:1 student-instructor ratio.

What you’ll Learn 

This is a 3-day lecture and practical course that meets the requirements of the Canadian Red Cross Society and Physiotherapy Canada for First Responder Certification. Upon completion of this course participants will receive certificate of completion and be proficiency at first aid, CPR, and enhanced ability to responding to emergency situations. 

This course focuses on administering emergent care that may occur at sporting events and cover topics such as: first aid, CPR, AED, head injuries, bleeds, fractures, oxygen, spinal stabilization & transfers, sports equipment removal, insertion of oral airway, basic concussion management, splinting, and bracing. 


•    First Aid 
•    CPR / AED  
•    Introduction to CAFATP Course 
•    Safe Sport Training (recommended) 
•    Making Head Way in Sport (recommended) 
•    Chain of Command support 
•    Passed annual fitness/FORCE evaluation (unless on MEL’s) 
•    Full time NPF employee or CAF Regular Force member Class B, C, A (in receipt of pay for the duration of the course). Members on any type of leave are not eligible for participation, this includes; vacation, MATA/PATA leave, etc.  


The cost of materials and supplies varies from $175 - $300 / participant depending on the amount of students per course, which may be covered by the members B/W/U. All cost associated with travel (TD, meals, etc.) are the responsibility of the participants B/W/U unless otherwise stated in the Joining Instructions. 


This qualification is valid for 3 years, after which you will be required repeat the Sport First Responder Course. 

Next Qualification 

•    CAFATP Sport Taping – Level II Course

How to Register 

Interested participants are to contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) and include the following information in their email:  
 •    Full name 
•    Rank 
•    Email Address 
•    Course (date & location if applicable) 
•    Base 
•    Unit 
•    SN/NPF number 
•    Chain of Command support 
•    Related Experience (optional) 

What to Bring 

Students do not need to bring their own medical supplies to the course. They should bring; shorts, t-shirt/tank top, running shoes, socks, and flip flops. 

Become an Instructor 

Instructors for Sport First Responder must be qualified through Red Cross Canada, and must have current experience as a first responder. For more information interested participants should contact their Regional Head Trainer (RHT) and visit the Canadian Red Cross.