Montana River Guides, in cooperation with The Whitewater Rescue Institute, is offering a variety of rafting and river rescue training during the Spring 2009 throughout Montana. These certified classes are being taught by longtime guides and swiftwater rescue instructors Mike Johnston and Cody Harris.
Swiftwater Rescue Technician
A three day course designed for raft guides and private boaters, the Whitewater Rescue Technician is a 20 hour class with a half 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. Cost: $335
The classes are scheduled for almost every weekend from late March through late June throughout Montana and the Northwest. You’ll 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.
Register by calling to confirm space in the class. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. Just call and give us a credit card number or send the deposit and your contact information to: Montana River Guides 2439 Gilbert Ave, Missoula, MT 59802.
Mike Johnston, Instructor
Montana River Guides