Friday, March 10, 2017

Swiftwater Rescue Training in Montana April 7-9


Whitewater Rescue & Safety Class 
Swiftwater Rescue Training Montana
A Swiftwater Rescue Technician class will be offered in Missoula April 7-9 on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers. The twenty four hour class is designed for novice river paddlers, guides and professional rescuers who want to be better prepared to respond to river emergencies.  Swiftwater Rescue training is essential for whitewater rafting guides and search and rescue professionals in Montana
“The initial emphasis of the class is to teach students how to recognize and avoid hazards so they don't become victims,” says Mike Johnston, an instructor at the Whitewater Rescue Institute. “After reviewing equipment, how to read water, and rescue basics they’ll spend two full days on the river practicing self rescue and rescuing others.”
Students learn how to prepare for and prevent accidents, how to swim defensively and aggressively in whitewater, simple shore-based rescues, technical rope systems, and much more.
“We want them to know how to stay out of trouble, how to self rescue if they get in trouble, and have the skills to help some else who may need help on the river,” Johnston  said. 
Students practice their skills while responding as a team to a series of realistic scenarios that allow them to size up a scene and make rescue decisions in real-time. By practicing in the river students learn what equipment and techniques work and which ones are less effective.  Students get hands-on practice with the most likely rescue scenarios Montana rivers offer such as rescuing conscious and unconscious swimmers, hypothermic victims, people stranded or entrapped, boat flip and pins, and situations with multiple victims who need help.
No experience is necessary. The class is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institue ( WRI) which teaches river rescue and safety classes all over Montana and as far away as Costa Rica. The cost is $335. For more information or to register call Mike Johnston at 406-214-0245.
River Rescue Classes in Montana


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Raft Guide School

Whitewater Raft Guide Schools for 20th Consecutive Year

Novice river runners or paddlers who want to learn how to safely lead whitewater raft trips safely can choose from one of three upcoming classes near Missoula. The comprehensive five day Whitewater Raft Guide Schools are being offered in April, May and June by Montana River Guides on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers.  Montana River Guides instructors have been teaching the courses for twenty years.
After learning about proper equipment, boat rigging, trip preparation, river safety and reading water, students learn basic paddle commands and get the opportunity to guide both paddle and oar rafts under the supervision of instructors.
“The class focuses how to read the river and guide rafts in whitewater “ said Mike Johnston, owner of Montana River Guides. “We give students as much information as we can in the classroom  session  and then spend four and a half long days on the river, giving them hands-on experience. “
 Johnston said the Blackfoot River is ideal for introducing people to guiding because there are so many features in the river and plenty of places to practice simple maneuvers such as eddy turns, peel outs, and ferrying. After working on the Blackfoot the class will move on to the bigger whitewater of Alberton Gorge where they will get the opportunity to practice in-flow rescues, boat flipping, and reading more challenging rapids.
“After practicing swimming, self-rescue, and dealing with rescue situations, the students are ready to be challenged by the Gorge’s bigger rapids and features”, says Johnston.  “They’ll have to apply everything that they’ve learned to scout rapids, select their route, and then run the rapid safely as a team with their paddle crews.”
No experience is necessary. Participants who complete the class will  receive a Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification  from the Whitewater Rescue Institute. The first Whitewater Raft Guide School is April 1,2,7,8 & 9. Other sessions are scheduled for May 12-16 and June 10-14. The cost $485. For more information or to register call Montana River Guides at 406-214-0245.






Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Long Uncomfortable Whitewater Swim!


 Practice Self Rescue to Prepare for the Real Thing!
Prepare for Self Rescue with Practice 

This video shows how tough a long swim in whitewater can be.  This kayaker was in over his head and hadn't had swift water training when this happened. Practice swims in whitewater go a long way towards preparing you for when the real thing happens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9a3ucJm1vU

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016 Whitewater Rafting Clinics and Swiftwater Rescue Classes




SWIFTWATER RESCUE TRAINING DATES: 2016
Rivers we teach on include the Clark Fork River, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Missouri, Stillwater, Snake, Flathead, Blackfoot River, Kootenai, Lochsa, Salmon, Swan, Skykomish, Madison, Kern, Fisher, North Fork, Middle Fork, Middle Fork (Pick One), Big Horn, Bitterroot, Boulder, North Platte, Payette, the Maumee, Henry's Fork, the Falls and many more!  Please call us if you would like to schedule a class on your local river. (406-214-0245) 
                                                          
April  16-17         Rafting  Workshop                         Missoula, MT 
April 16,17, 22-24  Raft Guide School                          Missoula, MT                                                                                            
April 22-24       Whitewater Rescue Insitute: Technician     Missoula, MT                           
May TBA          Whitewater Rescue Institute:  Technician   Kern River, CA
May 13-15        Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician    Missoula, MT                                                                                                                                                                                                            
May 13-17         Raft Guide School                                   Missoula, MT
May 16-17        Whitewater Rafting Workshop                    Missoula, MT
May 20-22        Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician    Bozeman, MT
May 27-28        Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician    Billings, MT
June 1-2           Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician    Yellowstone River, MT
June 3-5          Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician  Glacier Nat'l Park, MT
June 6-7         Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician  Bighole River, MT
June 10-12     Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician  Missoula, MT
June 10-14        Raft Guide School                              Missoula, MT
June 13-14       Whitewater Rafting Workshop              Missoula, MT
June 15-16       Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician      Butte & Dillon, MT
June 17-20       Whitewater Rescue Technician                    Billings, MT
September 4-9  SALMON RIVER GUIDE SCHOOL                Frank Church Wilderness
Sept. 9-11        Whitewater Rescue Institute:Technician    Missoula, MT


HOST A CLASS IN YOUR AREA: If you don't see a class location or date that works for your agency please call us to talk about hosting a class in your area. We regularly create custom rescue training to meet the needs and schedule of rescue agencies, outfitters or organizations. Please give us a call at 406-214-0245 or email us at rivers@montana.com.                  
Equipment: You will need a full wetsuit or drysuit; a pair of neoprene booties and gloves, a helmet (w/skullcap or hat); and a lifejacket. Personal equipment rentals are available from Montana River Guides for $25 the first day of class. Bring a lunch, water and extra dry, warm top & bottom layers such as fleece and polypropelene.
Registration: Register by calling to confirm space in the class. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. Just call and 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 cancelled or you cancel more than three weeks prior to the class a full refund will be made.  Otherwise you may forfeit your deposit. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike or Cody, at (406)-214-0245.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2016 Swiftwater Rescue & Rafting Classes

SWIFTWATER RESCUE TRAINING DATES: 2016
Rivers we teach on include the Clark Fork River, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Missouri, Stillwater, Snake, Flathead, Blackfoot River, Kootenai, Lochsa, Salmon, Swan, Skykomish, Madison, Kern, Fisher, North Fork, Middle Fork, Middle Fork (Pick One), Big Horn, Bitterroot, Boulder, North Platte, Payette, the Maumee, Henry's Fork, the Falls and many more!  Please call us if you would like to schedule a class on your local river. (406-214-0245).
                                                           
April 1-5           Raft Guide School    Missoula, MT  
April  1-3        Rafting  Workshop    Missoula, MT 
April  4-5        Swiftwater Rescue   Missoula, MT
April 22-24        Swiftwater Rescue   Missoula, MT                           
May TBA           Swiftwater Rescue    Kern River, CA
May 6-8            Swiftwater Rescue    Bigfork, MT
May 13-15         Swiftwater Rescue   Missoula, MT                                                                                                                                                                                                               
May 13-17         Raft Guide School       Missoula, MT
May 16-17         Whitewater Rafting Workshop     Missoula, MT
May 20-22         Swiftwater Rescue   Bozeman, MT
May 27-28         Swiftwater Rescue   Yellowstone Park
May 29-31        Swiftwater Rescue    West Glacier, MT
June 3-5           Swiftwater Rescue    Gardiner, MT
June 10-12      Swiftwater Rescue   Missoula, MT
June 10-14      Raft Guide School    Missoula, MT
June 13-14      Rafting Workshop     Missoula, MT
June 15-16        Swiftwater Rescue     Butte & Dillon, MT
June 17-20        Swiftwater Rescue     Billings, MT
Sept. 9-11       Swiftwater Rescue     Missoula, MT

HOST A CLASS IN YOUR AREA: If you don't see a class location or date that works for your agency please call us to talk about hosting a class in your area. We regularly create custom rescue training to meet the needs and schedule of rescue agencies, outfitters or organizations. Please give us a call at 406-214-0245 or email us at rivers@montana.com.                  
Equipment: You will need a full wetsuit or drysuit; a pair of neoprene booties and gloves, a helmet (w/skullcap or hat); and a lifejacket. Personal equipment rentals are available from Montana River Guides for $25 the first day of class. Bring a lunch, water and extra dry, warm top & bottom layers such as fleece and polypropelene.
Registration: Register by calling to confirm space in the class. We require a 50% deposit to hold your spot. Just call and 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 cancelled or you cancel more than three weeks prior to the class a full refund will be made.  Otherwise you may forfeit your deposit. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike or Cody, at (406)-214-0245.