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Old 11-08-2007   #1
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Longmont, Colorado
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SWR cert companies

I was wondering if anyone had any personal recommendations for a SWR course in Colorado. I have found 10 or so online and they all claim to be the best... HA!!! any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-08-2007   #2
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You can't go wrong with any class Mike Mather does.

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Old 11-08-2007   #3
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second that, mike will teach you techniques that actually work, without having a fire truck next to you!
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Old 11-08-2007   #4
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If you find a good course post it as well as dates and price. I am looking for a good course too and there are none in SLC.
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Old 11-09-2007   #5
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Bill Dvorak is really good too. The old guy can kinda be a dick sometimes, but he's definitely got the knowledge and experience. Pretty much everything he teaches you, he's done in a real situation. I'm pretty sure you can take it in Almont with Three Rivers. At least, Bill was the guy who usually does it. I believe it's in late may. Great course if you don't mind freezing your balls in the Taylor or if you have a dry suit. I'm pretty sure Bill does courses on the Ark too, but i'm not sure about when or where exactly.
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Old 11-09-2007   #6
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Mather or Wigston. I did a full course with Wigston and he did an excellent job. I have not taken Mather's course but I have worked with him a little and he is amazing. Wigston seems to focus a little more on the small scenarios that come up for kayakers and really emphasizes keeping it simple. Mather definitely does more ropework than Wigston. You can't go wrong with either one though.


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