World Class rafting & wilderness training in Costa Rica

IMG_0402 copy 2Coming up: 5-day WFR Course in Costa Rica

Join Boreal River for a week long Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and paddling adventure on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Starting on February 19th 2017.

Combine training with travel in the tropics

The 5-day WFR format lets you prepare for the course at your leisure prior to the trip. This way we can spend more time on simulations and hands on skill building. The week is an action-packed adventure where you’ll gain skills, confidence and certification.
After meeting in San Jose and travelling through beautiful countryside by road, the true adventure begins at the riverbank. You will join your instructors, and professional guide team from Coast to Coast Adventures – our local hosts with over 20 years of experience running trips, courses, and adventure races in the region; everything is packed into dry bags and loaded the rafts. Your group paddles and floats 6 miles of the Rio Pacuare through fun rapids and jungle clad gorges to reach the first eco-camp, El Nido Del Tigre.
Later in the week, after 3 course days at and around camp, you’ll raft the next section of the river. Your group will pass through the deep and spectacular ‘Huacas’ and ‘Dos Montanas’ canyons paddling rapids and drifting by pounding waterfalls that spray wind and mist and by untouched rainforest buzzing with surrounding sounds. The descent on this day includes medical simulations along the way, allowing students to put knowledge and skills to practice in a remarkable wilderness setting.

Lodgings and the Jungle Classroom

With great fresh food, spacious lounging areas with hammocks, platform tents, bathrooms, and showers – all well maintained, sustainably built, and looked after by caring local staff – the camps make for very special course locations and homes. Toucans glide between towering trees trees while giant blue butterflies, sloths, and orchids are spotted amidst lush greenery. Students find that staying at the camps is a highlight of their experience in Costa Rica.

New Life for the River
 Nov25,WoR 021.jpg copyThe Pacuare is considered one of the best rafting trips on the planet. Yet, despite its world-class status, the river remains unprotected and threatened by development projects. Last year, after rafting the river, Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree banning dams from the Pacuare for 25 years. Thanks to the locals who have been fighting for the river for years, this is an important event and hopefully a step on the path to permanent and full protection.




February 19-25, 2017

Enrollment Deadline

February 5, 2017


$1,399 USD

Who’s this course for?

This course is for anybody aged 18 and up who is in good physical condition. No previous medical or river experience is necessary. It is important to have the discipline and learning style to complete the independent study component prior to arrival. The course is taught in English.

What’s included?IMG_0651 copy 2
Lodging, meals, return transport from San Jose, guided rafting, tuition, text books, and all training equipment.

What’s not included?
Flights to and from Costa Rica, travel and medical insurance, personal items and clothing

Details and Request to Book
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4 comments on “World Class rafting & wilderness training in Costa Rica

  1. Matt McArthur Matt McArthur

    I am stoked to be joining this course next month! Such a unique learning format.

  2. Kael Anderson Kael Anderson

    Would there be the option for me to participate in the Costa Rica WFR course?

    Please send an email to

  3. Adam Adam

    Hi, Do you have this WFR every year? It looks awesome.

  4. Debra Gage Debra Gage

    The World Class rafting & wilderness training in Costa Rica looks like an awesome trip and learning experience. Will you be offering this course again in the future?
    Thanks, Debra

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