Welcome to The Whitewater Rescue Institute!
The Whitewater Rescue Institute is a leader in Swiftwater Rescue training with over 40 years of combined experience. We offer certified Swift Water Rescue courses throughout the United States and Internationally. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality education for our students. We teach dynamic, scenario based Swift Water Rescue courses. We also work closely with Aerie Backcountry Medicine to offer students both Wilderness First Aid courses and Integrated Swiftwater/First Aid classes. We offer a variety of swiftwater rescue courses customized to meet the needs of all river users. Why choose WRI?
WRI has experience. We have worked with over 200 agencies, ranging from the National Park Service to Commercial Raft Guides. Our instructors have decades of experience working and playing on rivers. They have this real-world knowledge to draw upon to give participants realistic and practical tools for river rescue.
Scenario Based Training
At WRI we believe that the best way to learn is by doing. All of our courses are taught through scenarios. This gives the participants actual hands-on experience with river rescue. Participants walk away from the class with an in-depth knowledge of their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as useful techniques to aid in future rescues.
We know that the safety issues of a fishery biologist vary from those of a search and rescue professional, and that is why we tailor WRI trainings to your agency’s needs. Be it low head dam access or entrapment situations, WRI can meet the demanding needs of your organization.