Castor Canada Ottawa First Aid Training

First Aid, CPR and WHMIS instruction is provided by Richard Bowlby.  Unlike many instructors I have the practical, real life experience to back up the curriculum I teach.  This experience provides invaluable information to students and adds credibility to what is being said.  I believe you cannot properly teach something that you have never done.

Work Experience:

I have worked as a primary care paramedic (PCP, P1, A EMCA) in the Ottawa area since early 2000. I also have 7 years experience as a firefighter and fire dispatcher in the city of Ottawa. In 2006, I completed my Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP, P3) training and am currently working in the Kingston ON area.

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Teaching Experience:

I have been a certified St John Ambulance instructor since 2003. I have also contracted my services out to other companies in and around the Ottawa area. As a firefighter I also used my skills and experience to assist with in house emergency training of other firefighters. I have worked as a clinical instructor for the paramedic programs at a local community college.

In early 2014 I became  a Canadian Red Cross instructor and certified training partner.  Through the CRC I am a certified blended learning instructor which allows for a combined online and classroom learning environment.


  • Advanced Emergency Care Assistant (A-EMCA) – Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) – Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Firefighter – Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall
  • Firefighter 1 (NFPA 1001-1997) – National Board on Fire Services Professional Qualifications
  • First Aid, CPR, WHMIS Instructor – St John Ambulance
  • First Aid, CPR Instructor – Canadian Red Cross
  • Certified Health & Safety Committee Member Level 1 & 2 – Ontario Ministry of Labour

Client Testimonials:

“Good, Onsite course with short notice and reasonable price.”

Dave BCPL Systems

“AWESOME! Thank you.”


“Great instructor! Very informative, educational and entertaining. Thanks!”


“Good course, different approach from last course, which is healthy. Direct, Clear communication. No BS, no waste of time.”


“Richard was awesome. He is a great teacher and naturally commands attention”


“Instructor (Richard) by far the best instructor in my many years of taking this course.”


“Excellent manner! Definitely the right approach for me to learn”!”


“Instructor was well, well spoken, loud, very knowledgeable”


“Thx very much for doing our First Aid/CPR training onsite. This made attending so much easier for our Health + Safety team. Course delivery was practical, down-to-earth + easy to understand.”


“Richard is very good, practical and adds humour.  His experience in the field gives him credibility”:


“All around great, very clear, very rememberable”

Katie SSolarwinds

“Good course, we covered a lot of good stuff”