About.

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.

Link: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) curriculum

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.

We are offering a WFR Recertification and/or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Class during the last 2 days of the class. (August 9 and 10).  

Bookings.

$750/person

Registration - International

Food included
COST 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/Wilderness First Responder (WFA) (last 2 days of class): $250

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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 (August 2). We encourage students to arrive the night before (August 1). The night of August 1 is included in the cost of the class. Sunday, August 6 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 on August 10. Most students will depart in the morning on August 11. Sunday, August 6 is a day off to enjoy the Ranch and its surroundings, study and rest.

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.  

Highlights.

  • The course addresses injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • entire house

Omnivore Food

  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Getting here.

Rancho Mastatal is about 2 ½ hours by car from Costa Rica's capital, San José, and approximately 1 hour by car from the Central Pacific Coast. You can easily come from or continue on to San José, Jacó, Quepos, Dominical or other destinations along the Pacific Coast. Please confirm your arrival with us before heading out to the Ranch.

The approximate GPS coordinates of Rancho Mastatal are latitude +9.67331, longitude -84.37373. If you decide to use a GPS to assist your arrival, please be aware that it's possible that you may be directed by your device to use extremely rough roads that we would not recommend driving on. Only use your GPS in conjunction with the linked directions.

Full directions by bus or car here: http://ranchomastatal.com/directions

Contact.

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