June 16 - June 22
Enjoy the best of Costa Rica, including an iconic volcano and the gorgeous southern Pacific coast, while learning about wilderness medicine and earning internationally renowned Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification and 20 CMEs. Includes accommodations at our own rustic eco-lodge, with miles of empty Pacific Ocean beach, numerous jungle trails, and authentic Costa Rican cuisine. See and experience monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, toucans, and the rich and diverse tropical rain forest. Enjoy a volcano tour, whitewater rafting, guided natural history tours and night hikes, zip lining, and a free morning to kayak, bike, do a chocolate tour, horseback ride, or surf/take surfing lessons. Pura Vida!
This week-long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, with an emphasis on tropical medicine. Topics include hyperthermia, infectious diseases, drowning, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, wild animal attacks, zoonosis, SAR, and much more.
Earn Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification and 20.5 CMEs. In addition to focusing on wilderness medicine, participants will also learn whitewater safety and paddling skills, knot tying, and tropical natural history.
The class starts and ends at the San Jose, Costa Rica airport. From there we’ll take a chartered bus to Hacienda Baru, a rustic eco-lodge which boasts its own Pacific beach, miles of trails, zip lines, a small restaurant/bar, and a delightful pool. We’ll spend mornings and evenings in class, leaving most afternoons free for swimming, surfing, hiking, studying, or just hanging out. In addition to medical classes we’ll enjoy a tree top canopy tour and zip line, night hikes, a natural history tour, and whitewater rafting
Ground transportation, lodging, meals, and adventure activities provided. Participants are responsible for transportation to San Jose, alcohol, personal clothing, and surf lessons and/or board rental. Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.
**Proof of COVID-19 vaccine will be required to attend this course.