Course Description

Students will learn and practice Swiftwater Rescue, High Angle Rope Rescue, Medical skills, and Navigation and Orienteering over nine days. The goal of this course is to prepare participants to become qualified for rescue organizations that operate in challenging and austere environments. This includes: Search and Rescue, Disaster Response Teams, Wildland Firefighters, Professional, and Volunteer Fire Fighters, and Military Personnel.

The WRI Training Center provides the ideal location for this rescue operator course as it is nestled between the Clark Fork River and Fish Creek State Park. Participants will be challenged both physically and mentally and given opportunities to sharpen their leadership skills. They will receive certifications as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Operator, and Wilderness First Aid Responder upon passing the course. In addition, the curriculum can be customized to meet your agency’s needs. Please contact WRI for more information.

Topics Covered:

  • Hydrology
  • Rescue Organization
  • Communication
  • Entrapment/Extrication
  • Stranded swimmers
  • Self-Rescue Techniques
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Tension Diagonals
  • Knots
  • Rapelling/Acsending
  • Lower and Raising Single Rescuer
  • Rigging Litters
  • Navigation and Orienteering
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • PPE
  • And much more

Included in this

  • Course Text Books
  • Access to WRI Online Rescue Resources and Materials
  • Certification Cards
  • Sticker


Because of the risk inherent in any whitewater or river activity, we want to make sure you are aware of these risks and acknowledge them prior to the class.  Simply put, we cannot guarantee your safety. If a river rescue or safety class is to be effective and give students whitewater experience and hands-on training, it is not going to be safe. In order for our instructors to provide realistic training with challenges that simulate actual rescue conditions, we recognize there is always the chance that someone is going to get injured. We may be walking along slippery rocky shorelines, swimming in cold whitewater, and working with ropes and rescue equipment in very realistic scenarios. All of this involves risk, and we will try our best to manage risk in a way that creates a balance between the risk students are exposed to and the levels of the challenge presented during the training.

We encourage you to talk with our staff if you have any questions concerning safety.  We are proud of our safety record and know that our instructors do not achieve this alone, it takes the help of our students.

  • Course Length:72 hours
  • Certification Received:
    • Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician
    • Rope Rescue Technician
    • Wilderness First Aid
  • Cost:Call for Pricing

Course Calendar & Registration Info

Aug 03 - 11 2024
Alberton, MT
Space Available
Please note that payment in full is required to reserve your place in a course.