The Whitewater Rescue Institute is a leader and innovator in technical rescue training. 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 and oil 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. Our staff are truly experts at what they do. As professional river guides, US Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captains, Search and Rescue Team Members, former and current National Park Rangers, NOLS Instructors, Climbing Guides, Emergency Medical Responders, and Ski Patrollers 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
“As the Water Rescue Team Leader for Missoula County Search and Rescue, WRI has been not only a great training resource but also a great partner on several of our swiftwater rescue and recoveries. Cody, Mike and WRI’s very capable and knowledgeable team of instructors teach from the perspective of having experienced the very missions that we are tasked with completing.”