Swiftwater Rescue Classes in Montana - Montana River Guides

Swiftwater Rescue Classes in Montana

Whitewater Rescue Training

Learn River Rescue and Safety Skills

$335 per person

Swiftwater Rescue Training Montana

Swiftwater rescue Class

Location: Missoula, Montana on the Blackfoot River & Alberton Gorge

Rivers: Blackfoot & Clark Fork Rivers

Learn river safety and rescue skills with fun, knowledgeable people on Montana’s finest rivers. Swiftwater rescue training is an intensive river rescue class with a half day of classroom instruction followed by two days developing and practicing skills on the river. We emphasize safety & self-rescue, and an in-depth look at risk management, reading water, and decision-making.

Learn to recognize and avoid hazards and practice quick rescue techniques such as throw bags and rescue swimming. So students work together in teams to assess and solve boat wraps and entrapments, and technical rescue systems. After analyzing footage of actual river rescues in the classroom, we progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river.

This Swiftwater Rescue Training is challenging, fun and tailored to the student’s needs. No experience is necessary. Instructors design this course for novice river guides, private boaters, and professional rescuers and tailor curriculum to individual student experience levels and needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. The course is compliant to NFPA standards 1670 is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institute.


Bring a full wetsuit or drysuit, a pair of neoprene booties and gloves, a helmet (w/skull cap or beanie/hat), and a lifejacket. Dress properly, in good gear, and you will get a lot more out of the class. We have gear rentals available if needed.


Register by booking online or calling our office. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. Just give us a credit card number and your contact information. Agency billing can be arranged over the phone. If the course is cancelled or you cancel more than three weeks prior to the class a full refund will be made. Otherwise, you forfeit your tuition. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike or Cody, at (406)-214-0245

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  1. steve temple Reply

    The Superior Fire Department looks forward to the training in May we will receive from MRG. First Responder Training better prepares us to safely complete our job.

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138 Big Bend Ln, Alberton
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!