Thank you for your interest in hosting a WRI course. At WRI, we strive to provide the highest quality education possible. We hope to provide you and your agency with not only the most up- to-date techniques in swift water rescue, but also real, hands-on experience in performing rescues. By teaching through scenarios, participants get a chance to discover personal strengths and weaknesses and a chance to see what works and what does not in swiftwater rescue.

Hosting a WRI course is simple. The first step is to decide whether or not you want your training to be “in-house.” Our class minimum is 6 participants. If your agency has at least six participants and would like to customize the training to your specific needs, then “in-house” training is a great option.

Hosting a WRI course is simple

Option #1: In House Training

For most locations, our class minimum is 6 participants. If your organization has at least 6 participants and would like to customize the training to your specific needs, then “in-house” training is a great option.

Option #2: Open Course

If you do not have 6 participants, or you are interested in working with the community at large, then this is the option for you. Simply host the course and with your help, we will advertise the course and fill the remaining spots. Our cut-off is 25. If the course has 12 participants, one member of your agency goes for free. If the course has over 15 participants, 2 members of your agency go for free.

Because we believe in safety on the river, we are proud to teach courses that are compliant to the National Fire Protection Agency standards 1670.

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Course Descriptions:

Swift Water Rescue- Awareness: This is a one day course designed for the rescue professional. This 8 hour course focuses on the recognition and avoidance of river hazards, self-rescue, and shore-based rescue techniques. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students needs. A manual, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. Cost: $145

Swift Water Rescue- Operations: A two day course designed for rescue professionals, the Swiftwater Rescue- Operations is a 16 hour class with a half day of classroom instruction followed by one and half days developing and practicing skills on the river. While the initial emphasis is safety & self rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues, dealing with boat wraps and entrapments, technical rescue systems, and a variety of practical scenarios. We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. Cost: $295

Swift Water Rescue- Technician/Level I (SRT 1) is an intensive 24 hour class with one day of classroom instruction followed by two days developing and practicing skills on the river. While the initial emphasis is safety & self rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues, dealing with boat wraps and entrapments, technical rescue systems, and a variety of practical scenarios. We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. The SRT-1 class is 3 days and is compliant to NFPA standards 1670 and 1006 for professional rescuers and firefighters. Cost: $335

Swift Water Rescue- Technician/Level II (SRT 2): Prerequisite SRT 1 course. This is an intensive 24 hour class with one day of classroom instruction followed by two days developing and practicing skills on the river. The SRT 2 course picks up where the SRT 1 course left off. Students refine their skills as shore based rescuers and develop technical skills as “go” rescuers. Students learn skills to access stranded swimmers, set up a high-line tyrolean, telfer lower, and a search scenario. The class is challenging, fun, and tailored to the students needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. The SRT 2 class is 3 days and is compliant to NFPA standards 1670 and 1006 for professional rescuers and firefighters. Cost: $335

Equipment

You will need a full wetsuit or drysuit; a pair of neoprene booties and gloves, a helmet (w/ skullcap or hat); and a lifejacket. Personal equipment rentals are available from Montana River Guides for $25 the first day of class. Bring a lunch, water and extra dry, warm top & bottom layers such as fleece and polypropelene.

Registration

Register by calling to confirm dates and by returning, via mail or email, the attached questionnaire and agreement form. WRI will provide you with the necessary advertisement and promotional materials. We can also handle the registration process, if you choose to open the course to the public.

Agency billing can be arranged over the phone. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike or Cody, at (406)-207-2027 or 1-800-381-RAFT. For more information check our website at www.whitewaterrescue.com. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,

Cody Harris, Director
Whitewater Rescue Institute