Whitewater Rescue Class: April 7-9, Missoula
April 7-9 on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers. The twenty four
hour class is designed for novice river paddlers, guides and
professional rescuers who want to be better prepared to respond to
river emergencies. Swiftwater Rescue training
is essential forwhitewater rafting
guides and search and rescue professionals
“The initial emphasis of the class is to teach students how to
recognize and avoid hazards so they don’t become victims,” says
Mike Johnston, an instructor at the Whitewater Rescue Institute.
“After reviewing equipment, how to read water, and rescue basics
they’ll spend two full days on the river practicing self rescue and
Students learn how to prepare for and prevent accidents, how to swim
defensively and aggressively in whitewater, simple shore-based rescues,
technical rope systems, and much more.
“We want them to know how to stay out of trouble, how to self rescue
if they get in trouble, and have the skills to help some else who may
need help on the river,” Johnston said.
Students practice their skills while responding as a team to a series of
realistic scenarios that allow them to size up a scene and make rescue
decisions in real-time. By practicing in the river students learn what
equipment and techniques work and which ones are less effective.
Students get hands-on practice with the most likely rescue scenarios
Montana rivers offer such as rescuing conscious and unconscious
swimmers, hypothermic victims, people stranded or entrapped, boat flips,
pins, and situations with multiple victims.
No experience is necessary. The class is certified through the
and safety classes all over Montana and as far away as Costa Rica.
The cost is $335. For more information or to register
call Mike Johnston at 406-214-0245.