Swiftwater Rescue Training in Montana
Swiftwater Rescue Training is at the center of everything we do at Montana River Guides. It’s how we manage risk every day working on the river guiding scenic and whitewater raft, kayak and river board trips. Using the right equipment, having upstream and downstream safety awareness, and always having a back up plan are a few of the simple guidelines our guides follow on every river trip.
Our classes focus on safety and prevention, simple shore-based rescues, rescue swimming, entrapments, boat pins and much more. There are great classes for everyone from novice recreational boaters to professional river guides and rescuers. Instructors outline rescue basics, reading water, equipment, communication, and organization before moving the class into the river. Our goal is for participants to leave the class with a solid set of tools do deal with a variety of river emergencies. More importantly we want them to be safer, more proactive and better able to prevent river accidents, whether as a paddler or a responder.
No experience is necessary. You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience learning and practicing rescue techniques before applying them to a series of rescue scenarios on the river. Our Missoula classes are based out of our rafting headquarters at the Alberton Gorge. We typically train on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers which offer great conditions and locations to make the classes great.
Montana River Guides is affiliated with the Whitewater Rescue Institute and are Montana’s original swifter rescue instructors.We have been teaching rescue classes on every major river in Montana since 1995.While we are based near Missoula, Montana we teach classes on the Swan, Middle Fork of Flathead, Missouri, Clearwater, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Stillwater, Bitterroot, Bighole, Beaverhead, and Madison Rivers. Through the Whitewater Rescue Institute, we teach classes throughout the west and as far abroad as Costa Rica and India.
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Read an article about one of our Swiftwater Rescue classes from Outside Bozeman Magazine