The Whitewater Rescue Institute is a leader and innovator in technical rescue training and inland oil spill response. We offer National Fire Protection Agency compliant courses for Public Safety Personnel and practical, experience based courses for river recreation enthusiasts. WRI courses include Swiftwater and Flood Rescue, Rope Rescue, Ice Rescue, Motorized and Non-Motorized Boat Operations, Packraft Safety and Swiftwater Spill Response courses throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California and the United States.
The Whitewater Rescue Institute is based in Missoula, Montana. WRI calls the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers home. The WRI Training Center is an ideal location to learn technical rescue skills in swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, jet boat operations, inland oil spill response and fastwater spill response.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality technical rescue training for our students. We know that it takes years and years of experience to develop the skills necessary to teach realistic and practical technical rescue courses, that is why we require of our instructor staff more than a instructor course. WRI staff include professional river guides, US Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captains, Search and Rescue Team Members, former and current National Park Rangers, NOLS Instructors, Climbing Guides, EMTs, Ski Patrollers, and Fastwater Spill Response Technicians. we not only teach, we do.
Whitewater Rescue Institute courses are dynamic and scenario based. This gives our students the opportunity to develop skills necessary to effectively carry out operations in technical rescue. We offer a variety of rescue courses customized to meet the needs of professionals and recreationalists, alike. We can also tailor fit a course to your groups needs. Call us or sign up today!More About Us
“I have been in the whitewater industry for 8 years and own a kayaking and rafting company in Missoula Montana. Safety is my number one concern whether it’s kayaking with my buddies on a Class V run or guiding clients on Class I. Zoo Town Surfers did a class with the WRI and it not only brought us together as a team but gave my guides the skills that are required and expected in our industry. These guys have been leading the industry in river safety and will continue for years to come! ”