BOSS Wilderness Medicine Course 

Wilderness medicine (also known as expedition or backcountry medicine) is the practice of medicine where definitive care (a clinic or hospital) is more than one hour away. It is defined by difficult patient access, limited equipment, and environmental extremes, and includes decision making, creative thinking and improvising. Wilderness medicine often involves working with limited resources in austere and remote environments. 

This training is a standard requirement for backcountry and wilderness educators and guides. It is also common for avid backcountry travelers to complete a wilderness medicine course for their personal trips. All BOSS instructors are required to have current WFR certification.

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BOSS partners with NOLS to offer a Wilderness First Responder course and a Wilderness First Responder refresher course to maintain WFR certification.

Choose Your Course:

Wilderness First Responder –
10-day WFR certification course.

It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers. 

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

WFR Recertification –
3-day WFR Recertification Course.

You’ll practice and relearn wilderness medicine protocols, review evacuation and decision-making guidelines, and receive the latest updates in wilderness medicine over the course of three days.

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A life-saving challenge 

BOSS – one of the worlds’ best-known outdoor survival schools – delivers wilderness medicine courses in conjunction with NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. Ensure you’re prepared for the worst.

BOSS™ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.