Costa Rica Wilderness First Responder

Experience the rainforest up close

For Cost Duration Prerequisites Pre-Course Prep
Anyone physically active who travels to remote places, guides, outdoor educators, search and rescue; beginner to advanced $1,399 USD 7 days (5-day course) 18+ years, no medical or river experience needed 25+ hours

Want to make the most out of your Wilderness First Responder course—and experience the Costa Rican rainforest?

Keep reading and you’ll discover why this program is amazing. 😀

Besides learning a ton—and gaining first responder skills—you’ll experience the rainforest up close. You’ll get to raft the Pacuare (which is awesome) and stay at an eco camp (one of our favorite places on earth).

Oh, and did we mention the abundance of Costa Rican coffee? ☕☕

The 7 day program (5-day course, 2 days on the river) includes all transport within Costa Rica from San Jose (map), lodging, meals, rafting, and an incredible course in a spectacular location.


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Partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA)

For our medical courses, we partner with Wilderness Medical Associates. WMA has set the standard in wilderness medicine and rescue training for over 30 years. The cutting-edge curriculum is constantly updated by a group of healthcare professionals, has been taught on all 7 continents, and is recognized around the world.

A glimpse into the course – Mikaela’s blog

Mikaela Ferguson became a Wilderness First Responder in Costa Rica in 2017.

“I cannot recommend this course enough!” Read her story

  • Ben Gunn Avatar

    Just wrapped up a WFR-Bridge course run by Boreal River Rescue at the beautiful "Barn" near Wakefield, Quebec.

    Led by Danny... read more

    Ben Gunn 10 Dec 2018
    Louis-Philippe Champagne Avatar

    The team at Boreal River is an outstanding group of exceptional individuals who are not only passionate about what they... read more

    Louis-Philippe Champagne 27 Nov 2016
    Mark Brophy Avatar

    3 day WFR recert with Danny & Trev.

    Excellent course, very hands on, and hit all the important stuff home hard.

    Thanks guys

    Mark Brophy 07 Nov 2018
  • Stephane McDermott Avatar

    I recently finished the 5 day WFR course with Danny and Kelly as instructors. What an unbelievable experience. Extremely engaging... read more

    Stephane McDermott 01 Dec 2016
    Edwina Wall Avatar

    I learned a lot from the 5-day course that I can apply in many aspects of my professional life. For... read more

    Edwina Wall 24 Nov 2015
    Matt Price Avatar

    I took the 5-day WFR course in December 2015. Both the course material and the instruction were terrific. ... read more

    Matt Price 05 Jan 2016
  • Elyse Quann Avatar

    5 day WFR course in La Peche (Wakefield) was TOP NOTCH. Incredibly knowledgeable and personable instructor, Danny, made this intensive... read more

    Elyse Quann 21 Dec 2018
    Lynette Chubb Avatar

    Re: Boreal's Wilderness First Responder 3-day recert course: Danny & Trevor did an AMAZING job... TRULY. Hard... read more

    Lynette Chubb 07 Nov 2018
    Paul Mason Avatar

    I was fortunate to join a wilderness first responder first aid course last winter and was so impressed with the... read more

    Paul Mason 13 Sep 2018
  • Bill Gadzos Avatar

    Just finished the 5 day WFR course in Wakefield with Danny. Loved every minute of it. The course is really... read more

    Bill Gadzos 11 Apr 2018