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Location: Missoula, Montana
Rivers: Clark Fork & Blackfoot
Montana’s best swiftwater rescue training is our Swiftwater Rescue Course, an intensive 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 class 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. We provide all of the boating and rescue gear. 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. 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