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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification

In the Spring of even years (2014, 2016, 2018...), BOSS hosts a 3-Day WFR Recertification Class taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. If you're an outdoor guide, chances are you need to keep your certification current. This course will renew an expiring WFR certification from WMI, WMA, and SOLO.

About the Course

Emphasis on this course is placed on the development of good decision making skills and the prevention of emergencies. This course will be held in Boulder, Utah and the surrounding canyons, desert and mountains for necessary field trips / practicals.

Note: This course is designed for current but expiring WFR certifications from NOLS/WMI, WMA and SOLO. If your WFR certification is already expired or you were certified by another company, please contact our office to determine if this course can be applied to your certification renewal.

About BOSS

Since 1968, BOSS Courses have set the standard for low-technology camping and desert hiking techniques, where instruction is conducted with minimal intrusion of modern technology in environments that allow course content to be experienced first-hand. Our commitment to quality and to our core philosophies has earned BOSS its reputation as the survival school to go to when you want to learn from the best in the industry.

The Course Location

The BOSS WFR course will be taught in the town hall of Boulder, Utah, with day trips as needed into the surrounding natural areas. For this reason, students should plan on bringing hiking boots suitable for day trips that may take us in water and over rocks.

Course Content

The following is a sample agenda based on past WFR Recertification courses (Subject to change):


DAY 0  
Before 1pm
Students arrive in Salt Lake / Provo
Shuttle leaves from Travelodge in Provo
Shuttle arrives in Boulder, Utah
BOSS Orientation for WFR re-certification course
7:15 - 8am
8 - 9am
9 - 10am
10 - 11am
11am - 12pm
12 - 1pm
1 - 2pm
2 - 3pm
4 - 5pm
Introduction & Review / Assessment Exam
Patient Assessment System
Chest Injuries, Spinal Clearing
Spinal Management / Head Injuries
Wilderness Wound Management
Athletic Injuries
7:15 - 8am
8 - 9am
9 - 10am
10 - 11am
11am - 12pm
12 - 1pm
1 - 2pm
2 - 3pm
3 - 4:30pm
4:30 - 6pm
Medical Scenarios
Fracture Management, Traction Splinting
Heat Illnesses
Altitude Illnesses
Medical Scenarios including: Cardiac, Respiratory,
     Neurological and Anaphylaxis


7:15 - 8am
8 - 9:30am
9:30 - 10:30am
10:30 - 11:00am
11 - 11:30am
11:30 - 12pm
12 - 1pm
1 - 5pm
5 - 6pm
Medical Scenarios including Acute Abdomen,
      Gender Medical Concerns, Diabetes
Closing Scenario
Closing / Evaluations
CPR Certification & Exam
Shuttle departs for Travelodge in Provo
Shuttle arrives at Travelodge in Provo


Food and Lodging

All students are invited to eat meals prepared by BOSS. Meals are served family-style (buffet) by our staff and are prepared using the freshest possible ingredients, typically consisting of organic, locally-raised produce and grains. 

This can include:

  • Breakfasts - Organic eggs, whole grain pancakes, organic yoghurt, fresh fruit for breakfasts (as well as a variety of teas and coffee).
  • Lunch - Whole-grain sandwiches, salads, fruit, and other simple but nutritious options
  • Dinner - Pastas, soups, stews, enchiladas, grilled chicken... basically, something hot and filling, also made from whole-grains, organic vegetables (as much as possible) and whatever seasonal dishes our cooks prepare.

Based on the feedback of past students, we can say that while the food is not the focus of the course, it will certainly be appreciated, as our staff work very hard to prepare your meals so you can focus your energy on the WFR curriculum. Please call our office if you have specific questions regarding diet or food requests.

If you wish to supplement your diet with snacks or meals, you can visit some of the local stores and restaurants (cost not included in the tuition.)

Local restaurants within walking distance and include:

Lodging is up to each student. You can choose to sleep outside on the school's 41-acre property (no charge) or in one of the local motels (reservations may be required.)

Dates and Prices

Course dates, prices, and availability are listed to the right, at the top of the page.  You can also download our complete course calendar in Adobe Acrobat PDF by clicking here. If you have any questions, please submit them via the Contact BOSS page or call us at 800.335.7404 or 435.335.7404.