Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
The decision to get my Wilderness First Responder (WFR) was part work related. The other part believing that advanced training in wilderness rescue and medicine could only help in my outdoor addicted life. Wilderness First Responders are trained to respond to emergencies in remote and backcountry situations.
I did my homework. I spoke with others that had Wilderness First Responder certification, and carefully comber through different organisations websites before making any decision. I wanted the chosen course to be the best as well as geographically near some outdoor adventures.
Wilderness Medical Associates
I chose Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) largely based on valued opinions and the 5 day with pre course prep format. Time is of the greatest of luxury.
The pre course format requires one to independently study what is advertised to as a minimum of 25 hours of pre course learning and testing. Mine took 30 hours give or take. I took the pre course prep seriously and wanted to have a firm grasp of the concepts. It could literally mean the difference between life and death in the backcountry.
What sold me was an offered sponsored course with Boreal River. They offer an all inclusive week of WFR in Costa Rica.
Boreal River Rescue
Boreal River is an eco-adventure and training company based out of Quebec, Canada. They offer an awesome menu of river adventures, WFR, as well as rescue training. Their 7 day white water trip on the Magpie River will one day get me out of the tropical home and to Canada!
The Wilderness First Responder course started out with a day of white water rafting on the Pacuare River to our camp “Nido de Tigre”. The camp was beautiful. The disconnect from internet and electricity allows one to fully focus on the Wilderness First Responder course. The food was fantastic and plentiful. The next 3 days of the WFR were full with both lectures, practices, and simulations. The fifth day of the course was a full day of simulation based white water rafting. I can say that I received excellent training from Boreal River Rescue. The instructor was knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining, which made class time fly by.
If you are considering a Wilderness First Responder I would highly recommend this course offered by Boreal River Rescue.