Wes grew up fishing and playing in the New River of West Virginia. He moved to North Idaho in 2002 to
snowboard and pursue his career in the fisheries world. He found himself driving jet boats to conduct
studies on bull trout in the Clearwater drainage for the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game. After moving full
time to Sandpoint, Wes has currently researches white sturgeon and operates jet boats on the Kootenai
River in Idaho, MT and British Columbia. He joined to the WRI team to help manage the Sandpoint area
operations.  He brings 16 years as a boat operator to help drive WRI toward the next level.

“Whether you are a river-rookie or an experienced boater, WRI tailors their classes to what you need to learn in a fun and challenging environment. Their scenario based teaching approach creates an electric learning atmosphere where you feel like you are in actual river rescue situations. I would recommend them to anybody!”

Eric Giddens, Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member
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