Wilderness First Responder Recertification

BOSS hosts a 3-day WFR Recertification Class taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.

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 your certifying organization or our office to determine if this course can be applied to your certification renewal.

Tuition – $420
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About the Course

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

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About BOSS

Since 1968, BOSS Courses have set the standard for low-technology camping and survival skills instruction. All wilderness travel and teaching is conducted with minimal intrusion of modern technology in environments that allow course content to be learned and experienced first-hand. Our commitment to quality and to our core philosophies has earned BOSS its reputation as the gold standard for survival and low-impact wilderness education.

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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 of topics covered based on past Wilderness First Responder Recertification courses (WFR):
  • Patient Assessment 
  • Shock
  • Chest Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries & Management
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries 
  • Dislocations
  • Fracture Management & Traction Splinting
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat Illnesses
  • Altitude Illnesses


  • Cardiac, Respiratory, Neurological, and Anaphylaxis Issues
  • Acute Abdomen Issues
  • Gender Medical Concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Unconsciousness

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 organically or locally grown. 

This can include:

Breakfasts – Organic eggs, whole grain pancakes, organic yogurt, 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 works 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).

For more information

on Wilderness First Responder Recertification courses, including a detailed course outline, details on earning academic credit and continuing education credit, see the WMI/NOLS website.

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