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Location: Missoula, Montana on the Blackfoot River & Alberton Gorge
The Whitewater Rescue Technician Course is an intensive 20 hour 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.
Bring your cold weather boating gear. Be ready to swim. 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. We provide all of the rescue gear like throw bags, ropes, technical rescue equipment. We’ll have extra rescue pfd’s. Call us if you have questions about gear rentals or if you’re considering purchasing gear before the class.
Register by booking online or calling our office. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. 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 tuition. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike at (406)-214-0245