Swiftwater Rescue Class, Missoula Montana: Learn River Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue Training, Montana

Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class, April 20-22

Swiftwater rescue training scheduled for April 6-8 is now full. So the next two upcoming opportunities for Swiftwater Rescue Classes in western Montana will be April 20-22 and May 11-13. Heavy snowpack  will likely result in particularly high flows this spring with anticipated flooding throughout the state. We will be offering swift water classes for kayakers, rafters and whitewater guides, search & rescue teams and firefighters on just about every river in Montana this spring so be sure to let us know which training you are interested in asap. Our classes are fun, fast paced and taught by some of the most experienced instructors in the world. Learn response and river risk management while responding to a variety of realistic rescue scenarios.


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Students respond during a rescue scenario

Swiftwater Rescue Classes: How to Prepare

No experience is necessary for our whitewater rescue courses at Montana River Guides. Our approach is to give everyone the most hands on practice possible. This means you will have more fun and get more out of the class if you are dressed properly. If you don’t have all of the personal equipment we recommend, don’t worry. Try to bring as many extra, non-cotton warm layers of fleece, smart wool or caliper you can. We can provide 3 millimeter wetsuits, and neoprene jackets which we can double up on for the early spring classes, providing over 6ml of insulation. It’s worth going to the Trailhead in Missoula to pick up some neoprene sox and gloves to keep your hands and feet comfortable. The Trailhead also rents drysuits which can allow you to stay more comfortable and get more value out of the swiftwater rescue training. Make sure you have a wool or fleece beanie to wear under your helmet.  Bring a thermos of warm drinks for the class each day along with a sack lunch. Make sure to stay hydrated and you’ll stay warmer as well.

Montana River Rescue Classes on the Blackfoot River near Missoula

We have been teaching swift water rescue all over the United States for over 20 years and our favorite place to teach is on the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers near Missoula.  These rivers offer great training locations at a variety of river flows.  If you have any questions about the classes please call Mike 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!