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Trainings and Certifications

Registration opens Monday, December 8, for all programs!

Wilderness First Responder

Every Thursday from January 22 - May 7, 2015

Location: Plex Conference Room

15 Spots Available

6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. The WFR course is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, with much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

Members: $560
Non-Members: $560

Outdoor Adventures Leaders Course

Every Tuesday from January 20 - May 6, 2015

Location: Behind Curtin

15 Spots Available

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Become part of the OA team through an engaging, semester long outdoor leadership course which includes in-class instruction, hands-on learning, training trips and a WFA certification. The primary goal of the course is to learn how to effectively lead a group in the outdoors through a combination of hard and soft skills including map and compass, tent construction, knots, bear hang, packing a backpack properly, water purification, emergency shelter construction, Leave No Trace, Weather preparation, Trip Planning, teamwork, effective communication, how to teach a skill, etc.

In addition to the regular Wednesday class time, this course will also require field training in the Adirondacks October 11-13 and additional class time from 9 am - 5 pm November 22 - 23. The class will meet at the far end of the Plex Tennis Wing behind the red curtain.

Members Only: $150

Past Trainings

Wilderness First Aid
December 7 - 8
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one—and maybe even save a life.  

Member: $120
Non-Member: $175


Stand Up Paddleboarding Skills Training and ACA Assessment
October 19 - 20
9:30 am – 5:00 pm each day

This two day course will teach you the skills of SUP. We will cover strokes, rescues, and tripping. At the end each student will be offered the opportunity to have an official ACA stand up paddle boarding skills assessment. SUP is lots of fun and no experience is needed.

 $35 (w/valid BC ID)



Outdoor Adventure Leaders Course
September 18 - December 11
Wednesdays 6 - 8:00 pm

Do you love to get outside and explore?  Ever wanted to share that with others? The OALC (Outdoor Adventure Leaders Training Course) teaches student how to safely lead others out into the backcountry.  OAL’s are being leaders and have found that many of the skills they learn in the woods can be used every day at BC.  No experience is needed just a desire to learn to take others in to the backcountry.         

$50 (w/ valid BC ID)        



To register or for more information, contact Member Services at or (617)552-0797. To sign up for a training, you will need to complete these three forms, sign them and bring with you to Member Services. To learn more about Outdoor Adventures trips, trainings and special events, subscribe to the Listserv at Have an idea for a future training/certification course? Leave a note on the BC Outdoor Adventures Facebook page!