Swiftwater Rescue Training and swift water rescue classes in Montana

Swiftwater Rescue Classes

Swiftwater Rescue Classes in Montana

Swiftwater rescue training is here!  Swiftwater Rescue classes will be offered throughout Montana starting the first weekend in April with our Swiftwater Rescue Technician class in Missoula.

The 20 hour cours 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 for whitewater rafting guides and search and rescue professionals in Montana.

Swiftwater Rescue Training with Montana River Guides

“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 Instiswiftwater rescue trainingtute.
“After reviewing equipment, how to read water, and rescue basics they’ll spend two full days on the river practicing self rescue and rescuing others.”

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 swift water rescue skills to help some else who may need help on the river,” Johnston  said.

Montana River Rescue Training: Scenarios & Teamwork

Students practice their swift water rescue skills while responding as a team to a series of realistic river rescue 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. Working in small teams allows participants to practice rescue organization basics while maximizing experience with realistic river rescue situations.

No experience is necessary. The class is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institue ( WRI) which teaches river rescue 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.


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We have taken many rafting trips over the years and hands down this was one of the best ones yet!!! We took a private full day rafting tour with river side picnic and couldn’t have had a better time!! Our guide set up the best lunch spread at the waterside including fresh fruit and veggie trays, salad, sandwiches, chips/salsa, and the best homemade cookies!!! We had many stops, chances to swim, small cliff jumping, and the most beautiful scenery!!! Shout out to Amy as being the most fun guide to our crazy “Billy Goat Cyrus” group from Texas!!! Request her and you won’t be disappointed!!!
Our Montana River Guide trip down the Clark Fork was the highlight to our Montana vacation. Our guide let us paddle some while we were going thru the rapids which was an awesome experience. Weather and sun on the morning trip made for some great pictures.
We did a scenic float with our young kids. This was the absolute best thing we did our whole trip! So beautiful, so much fun. Amy was our guide and she was incredibly fun, knowledgable and kind. Cannot wait to float with them again!
There were three of us over 60 year old gals on our trip. Our guide, Jack, was outstanding. We felt safe and secure under his care the whole time while having the time of our lives. The beautiful scenery and wildlife were a bonus to the incredible river with its rapids along with calm areas to relax & enjoy the ride. Top on my list of the other incredible things we did this summer.
One of the best experience in the US was spending our Sunday with Montana River Guides! The crew was able to accommodate to over 60 of us on the YSEALI alumni tour and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our time on the river - Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Tour. Guides are 100% professionals who have fun with safety in mind. Highly recommend and must visit when you're in Montana. Thanks for the memories!