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Wilderness First Responder Certification Course

August 5, 2020 - August 13, 2020


Join us for our annual 72-hour wilderness medicine certification course for people living in remote and rural locations, guides, tour operators, lodge owners and anyone looking to become a more competent health provider.  This Wilderness First Responder (WFR) curriculum is the standard wilderness medicine class for many outdoor organizations’ supervisors. The course addresses injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies. Approximately half of the course is classroom lecture and half practical scenarios. Students also receive American Heart Association CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification.  This course is a unique opportunity for students to receive outstanding wilderness medicine training in a spectacular setting. Aerie’s courses are dynamic and challenging, preparing students for travel and work in remote, outdoor settings. This WFR is ideal for individuals or outdoor leaders traveling and/or working in Central America and/or the Tropics.  There will be one free day scheduled in the middle of the course so students can rest and enjoy the incredible surroundings.  

Only need to recertify your WFR? We are offering the WFR Recertification on August 6 and 7. The cost is $250 with everything included.     


This course will be offered in English.  

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

Aerie provides outstanding training on a local, national and international level. Their courses, from Wilderness First Aid through Wilderness EMT, are taught to employees and members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the US National Park Service, the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Missoula Backcountry Horsemen Association, and others. Aerie provides training for the US Forest Service Smokejumper’s EMTs and the USFS Wildlands Firefighting program.

Course arrival and start dates

Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the class .  We encourage students to arrive the night before.  The night before the first day of the class is included in the cost of the class.  Sunday is a day off to enjoy the Ranch and its surroundings, study and rest.   

course departure and end dates

The class wraps up in the afternoon of the 10th day of the class (August 13).  Most students will depart on the morning after.  Sunday is a day off to enjoy the Ranch and its surroundings, study and rest.      


Includes all food (except Sunday dinner when we eat at the local restaurant), lodging and instruction.  

Central Americans:  US$500
Residents and Ex-Pats:  US$650
Foreigners (non-Central American):  US$750
WFR Recertification (August 7 and 8):  $250

A $250 deposit will secure your spot in the course.  You can pay this deposit with PayPal below or see our Payment page for other options. 

We have 1 partial scholarships for Central Americans available for this class.  For more information please inquire at [email protected] and fill out a Scholarship Application.


All food and lodging is included in the cost of  the course.   Students will stay in the Ranch bunkhouse with options for upgrades.  We provide high quality mattresses and linens and blankets.  Please see our Accommodations page for more information.  

getting to rancho mastatal

Please see our Directions page for detailed information on how to get to Rancho Mastatal.  


Please see our  Payments page for more information about how to pay.  


To enroll in the class, please fill out our Online Registration Form.  For more information please contact Tim O’Hara at [email protected] and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920.


August 5, 2020
August 13, 2020
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Rancho Mastatal
Costa Rica
506 2200-0920
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