Welcome to The Whitewater Rescue Institute!

The Whitewater Rescue Institute is a leader in rescue training.  We offer Swiftwater Rescue, Rope Rescue, Ice Rescue, Motorized and Non-Motorized Boat Operations, and Wilderness First Aid courses throughout the United States. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality education for our students. We teach dynamic, scenario based 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 rescue courses customized to meet the needs of professionals and recreationalists, alike.

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.

Custom Courses

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.

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