Use it or Lose it: Basic Cardio Training for the Swiftwater Rescue Professional Published: March 9, 2011

John Amtmann, Ed.D., Professor, Applied Health Science, Montana Tech The phrase “use it or lose it” is never more appropriate then in January when it comes to cardiovascular conditioning after taking time off of training for the Christmas/New Year holidays. It’s also applicable to river folks during the off-season: don’t wait until the spring to think about conditioning for spring run-o...

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How to Buy Swift Water Rescue Equipment Published: March 2, 2011

Swift water poses many dangers to the rescuer. It is a dynamic environment, and one small mistake or misjudgment can snowball into catastrophe. In past years, one third of drowning victims in the United States were would-be rescuers. Many of these victims either lacked proper training or equipment. It is paramount, then, for rescue teams to not only purchase the proper equipment, but also to tr...

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Case Study: Vallecito Creek, Colorado Published: February 23, 2011

Vallecito Creek Durango, Colorado Class V-V+ 500-1000 cfs 250 feet per mile River Description- Vallecito Creek is a popular 1 mile stretch of class V whitewater in Southern Colorado. Paddlers start the trip at the take out and hike upstream. Typically, paddlers put in at the top or bottom of Superboof rapid. Regardless, there is only a few hundred yards of class II-III rapids before Entran...

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Decision Making Published: February 16, 2011

When working or playing on the river, safety is always our first priority. We know that most accidents are not caused by one single action, but rather a series of small mistakes, that can ultimately lead to a devastating outcome. It is fair to say then, that our safety is contingent on our ability to see any given situation clearly, and make effective decisions. We are experts at making decisio...

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Conditioning Tips for Rescue from Dr. Amtmann Published: November 6, 2010

Sports, mainstream and non-mainstream, can be very challenging mentally and physically. I admire the athleticism of the non-mainstream athlete (climber, kayaker, skier, etc…) as much as the mainstream basketball or football player. It is essential that coaches of all sports understand the requirements of their particular sport, and when I work with athletes I always set up the training program t...

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Wilderness Medicine Semester with Aerie Published: October 22, 2010

Aerie’s Semester in Wilderness Medicine is a completely unique program in the wilderness medicine field, providing students with industry-leading certifications earned through unparalleled experiential learning opportunities. The rigorous academic program employs realistic scenarios, interactive lectures, as well as clinical observations in a variety of settings, including an urban American emer...

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Whitewater Symposium Published: September 24, 2010

WRI will be heading out to NOC for the Whitewater Symposium. We are very excited to be participating in this great event again. The Symposium is a unique opportunity to sit down and listen, discuss, and share thoughts about the whitewater industry. We hope to share some of our river safety knowledge, but even more than that, we hope to learn what else is happening on rivers. If you're in the area...

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Spring Has Arrived! Published: April 27, 2010

We are very excited to announce a few new additions to the 2010 schedule. First, we will be offer two Advanced SWRT courses on the Gallatin River on May 15-16 and May 30-31. We will also be offering an Advanced course here in Missoula sometime in July. Next, we are excited to be working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad again. We are working with their containment teams in Havre, Monta...

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Montana River Association Published: January 14, 2010

The Montana River Association (MRA) is up and running. It's mission is to provide education, stewardship, and advocacy for the river recreation community of western Montana. MRA will be hosting a series of Rolling/Paddling session in the Currents Pool in Missoula. The first session is on Sunday, Jan 24th from 6-8pm. MRA will be asking for a $5.00 donation from members and $15 donation (this wil...

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Snake River Ranger Job Posting Published: January 7, 2010

River Ranger, Snake River US Forest Service, Jackson Ranger District, Jackson, Wyoming Summer Season 2010 Positions: Multiple positions are available! Start Date: End of May End Date: minimum of mid-August, usually mid-September latest Work Schedule: This is a 40 hr/week position, with every member of the crew working at least one day of the weekend. Pay: GS-4 or GS-5 which...

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“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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