Swiftwater Rescue Training
WRI will be hosting three more Swiftwater Rescue Classes near Missoula on the Blackfoot River this spring. It’s our home river and our favorite place to teach. Montana River Guides will be hosting the course. Montana River Guides offers Missoula rafting and kayaking trips on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers. Join us at a discounted price this year.
Montana Swiftwater Rescue Classes
Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: April 20-22
Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: May 11-13
Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: June 8-10
Our instructors travel throughout the Americas teaching swift water rescue. Oddly enough, the Blackfoot River remains our favorite place to teach. Our host outfitter, Montana River Guides, provides a great training facility at the Alberton Gorge Ranch rafting headquarters. In addition to hosting WRI swift water rescue classes they offer Blackfoot River rafting and Missoula whitewater raft trips . We love the Blackfoot for many reasons, primarily because it is a beautiful mountain river that holds so many memories and shared experiences for our families, friends and local community. It is a perfect mountain river that creates supports and sustains life along it’s corridor and beyond. It also sustains WRI and our work as an ideal river to train on. The Blackfoot’s spring flows provide a combination of powerful swift water along with many features for our students to practice self rescue and rescuing others. Returning to teach on the same rivers year after year increases our lead instructor’s ability to teach better and better swift water rescue classes. Knowing what locations provide access and ideal training conditions at a variety of flows allows us to consistantly provide the best swift water rescue training available anywhere .
“I really appreciate the swift water rescue operations and technician-level training WRI provided for Kennedy Jenks Consultants and the BNSF Railway Company emergency response personnel at Havre, MT and Guernsey, WY in 2010. The training classes were hands-on and greatly improved our river-safety skill levels. Several of my rafting and kayaking friends and I have also attended WRI swiftwater rescue technician classes on the Stillwater River this summer. As good as the training is, what really impressed me was when I called WRI late in the evening on 12 May, 2010 to respond to a BNSF train derailment on the Wind River, you and your staff responded quickly and provided our emergency response team with several swiftwater rescue technicians, a rescue raft, a jet boat, and valuable river safety oversight. We look forward to working with WRI again.”