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Location: Missoula, Montana
Rivers: Clark Fork & Blackfoot
Montana’s best swiftwater rescue training is our Whitewater Rescue Technician Course, an intensive 20-24 hour swiftwater rescue training 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, riverboarding, 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 Swiftwater Rescue Technician class is challenging, fun and tailored to the student’s needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. The WRT is compliant to NFPA standards 1670 is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institute.
You will need a full wetsuit or drysuit; a pair of neoprene booties and gloves, a helmet (w/skull cap or beanie/hat); and a lifejacket. Personal equipment rentals are available from Montana River Guides for $25 the first day of class. Bring lunch, water and extra dry, warm top & bottom layers such as fleece and polypropylene.
Register by calling or emailing to confirm space in the class. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. Just give us a credit card number or send the deposit and your contact information to Montana River Guides, 2439 Gilbert Ave, Missoula, MT 59802. Agency billing can be arranged over the phone. If the course is canceled or you cancel more than three weeks prior to the class a full refund will be made. Otherwise, you forfeit your deposit. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike or Cody, at (406)-214-0245