Amy Mazzarisi

Training Coordinator, Yellowstone National Park

Amy Mazzarisi

Training Coordinator, Yellowstone National Park

“Working with the staff from WRI was brilliant on all levels, from coordination of the class, equipment, teaching, all while remaining flexible on location due to the size of Yellowstone. Their style of teaching, as well as, professionalism engaged the Rangers here in Yellowstone. The students felt they received top notch training, due to the staff’s experience, and incredible ability to relate with the students while raising the bar so students met expected goals. WRI will be back!”

Tim Cortez

Division Chief, Casper Fire-EMS Department

Tim Cortez

Division Chief, Casper Fire-EMS Department

“WRI was professional and easy to work with. Not only did they deliver a great class, but they found a way to connect with my members to deliver an exceptional class. My members are still talking… about it. We got equipment and SOP ideas well. This training has saved citizens lives and will save rescuer lives as well.”

Robin Trotter

Owner Yellowstone Raft Company

Robin Trotter

Owner Yellowstone Raft Company

“Every year we have Cody and the guys from the Whitewater Rescue Institute come out and put on a swiftwater rescue course for our training guides. They are always professional, educational, and f…un. Most of the new trainees are nervous or intimidated by the course beforehand but for months after they talk about how cool and fun the course was and how glad they are that they took it.”

Nic Winslow

Emergency Response Manager, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Nic Winslow

Emergency Response Manager, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

“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.”

Jason Shreder

Zoo Town Surfers

Jason Shreder

Zoo Town Surfers

“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! ”

Grant Grisak

Fisheries biologist, Electrofishing Safety Program Coordinator Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Grant Grisak

Fisheries biologist, Electrofishing Safety Program Coordinator Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

“Whitewater Rescue Institute provided meaningful and professional water safety training for the fisheries professionals in Montana which will help us avoid and/or manage dangerous water conditions during fisheries work on the streams, rivers and lakes of Montana.”

Dave McEvoy

Director, Aerie Backcountry Medicine

Dave McEvoy

Director, Aerie Backcountry Medicine

“When we work with the Whitewater Rescue Institute, we know that our students are receiving the most relevant skills and information, from the source. Their instructors are the recognized leaders in the field and, as importantly, incredible educators. They get our students out in the water, experiencing phenomenally realistic, challenging and yet manageable scenarios, and follow those up with concise and direct feedback. Nothing could be better.”

R.J. Nelsen

Water Rescue Team Leader, Missoula County Search and Rescue

R.J. Nelsen

Water Rescue Team Leader, Missoula County Search and Rescue

“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.”

Gregory J Moore

MD FACEP FAWM

Gregory J Moore

MD FACEP FAWM

“Having been involved in the practice and instruction of Wilderness Medicine for over 20 years, I can say without a doubt that the Whitewater Rescue Institute courses in Safety and Swift Water Rescue Technician are absolute essentials for any water/outdoor enthusiast. Whitewater Rescue Institute’s extreme professionalism and extensive knowledge will provide you the essential skills you need to safely enjoy water sports and potentially prevent those unexpected tragedies. This was one of the most beneficial courses I have ever taken.”

Orion Chapman and Kiley Eversole

Instructors, World Class Kayak Academy

Orion Chapman and Kiley Eversole

Instructors, World Class Kayak Academy

“As professional kayakers and coaches this swiftwater course helped us to greatly expand our knowledge and awareness of river rescue. Cody’s safe, realistic scenarios give numerous opportunities to practice under pressure and analyze all safety possibilities. We highly recommend this excellent, hands on course!”

Eric Giddens

Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member

Eric Giddens

Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member

“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!”

“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! ”

Jason Shreder, Zoo Town Surfers
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