Wilderness First Responder 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. If you don’t have a current WFR certification, please see our full Wilderness First Responder course.

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
2pm: Shuttle leaves from Provo
7pm: Shuttle arrives in Boulder, Utah
7:30pm: BOSS Orientation for WFR re-certification course
Day 1 7:15-8am: Breakfast
8-9am: Introduction & Review / Assessment Exam
9-10am: Patient Assessment System
10-11am: Shock
11am-12pm: Chest Injuries, Spinal Clearing
12-1pm: Lunch
1-2pm: Spinal Management / Head Injuries
2-3pm: Wilderness Wound Management
4-5pm: Athletic Injuries
6pm: Dinner
Day 2 7:15-8am: Breakfast
8-9am: Medical Scenarios
9-10am: Dislocations
10-11am: Fracture Management, Traction Splinting
11am-12pm: Hypothermia
12-1pm: Lunch
1-2pm: Heat Illnesses
2-3pm: Altitude Illnesses
3-6pm: Medical Scenarios including: Cardiac, Respiratory, Neurological and Anaphylaxis
6pm: Dinner
Day 3 7:15-8am: Breakfast
8-10:30am: Medical Scenarios including Acute Abdomen, Gender Medical Concerns, Diabetes
10:30-11am: Unconsciousness
11-11:30am: Closing Scenario
11:30-12pm: Closing / Evaluations
12-1pm: Lunch
1-5pm: CPR Certification & Exam
5-6pm: Dinner
6pm: Shuttle departs for Provo
11pm: Shuttle arrives 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:

  • Burr Trail Grill – All-American cooking with locally grown ingredients
  • Burr Trail Outpost – Coffee and tea, baked goods, and light breakfast and lunch
  • Hell’s Backbone Grill – Award-winning, locally-grown gourmet cuisine
  • Magnolia’s Street Food – Delicious Mexican and other food served from a food truck including – you guessed it – locally grown ingredients
  • Sweetwater Kitchen – Another fantastic restaurant serving locally-inspired American food, but leave yourself time as it’s 20 minutes from class

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.)