Coming up: 5-day WFR Course in Costa Rica
Join Boreal River for a week long Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and experience the Costa Rican rainforest. Starting on February 24th, 2019.
Combine training with travel in the tropics
Attain international certification, but more importantly, gain the skills and confidence to handle medical situations in the backcountry.
The 5-day WFR format lets you prepare for the course at your pace prior to the trip. This way we can spend more time on simulations and hands-on skill building.
The week in Costa Rica is an action-packed experience.
After meeting in San Jose and travelling through beautiful countryside by road, the true adventure begins at the riverbank. You’ll join your instructors, and professional guide team from Coast to Coast Adventures – our local hosts with over 20 years of experience running trips, courses, and adventure races in the region; everything is packed in dry bags and loaded into the rafts.
Your group paddles and floats 6 miles of the Rio Pacuare through fun rapids and jungle clad gorges to reach the rainforest eco-camp, El Nido Del Tigre. This is a magical place and an incredible location for a training course.
At the end of the week after 5 course days at and around camp, you’ll raft out through the next section of the river. Your group will pass through the deep and spectacular ‘Huacas’ and ‘Dos Montanas’ canyons paddling rapids and drifting by pounding waterfalls that spray wind and mist and by untouched rainforest buzzing with surrounding sounds.
Lodgings and the Jungle Classroom
With great fresh food, spacious lounging areas with hammocks, platform tents, bathrooms, and showers – all well maintained, sustainably built, and looked after by caring local staff – the camps make for very special course locations and homes. Toucans glide between towering trees while giant blue butterflies, sloths, and orchids are spotted amidst lush greenery. Students find that staying at the camps is a highlight of their experience in Costa Rica.
New Life for the River
The Pacuare is considered one of the best rafting trips on the planet. Yet, despite its world-class status, the river remains unprotected and threatened by development projects. In 2016, after rafting the river, Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree banning dams from the Pacuare for 25 years. Thanks to the locals who have been fighting for the river for years, this is an important event and hopefully a step on the path to permanent and full protection.
February 24-March 2, 2019
February 11, 2019
Who’s this course for?
This course is for anybody aged 18 and up who is in good physical condition. No previous medical or river experience is necessary. It is important to have the discipline and learning style to complete the independent study component prior to arrival. The course is taught in English.
Lodging, meals, return transport from San Jose, guided rafting, tuition, text books, and all training equipment.
What’s not included?
Flights to and from Costa Rica, travel and medical insurance, personal items and clothing
Details and Request to Book
I am stoked to be joining this course next month! Such a unique learning format.
Would there be the option for me to participate in the Costa Rica WFR course?
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Hi, Do you have this WFR every year? It looks awesome.
The World Class rafting & wilderness training in Costa Rica looks like an awesome trip and learning experience. Will you be offering this course again in the future?
We run this course every year. Next dates are Feb 24 to March 2nd: