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Old 01-24-2015   #1
Boise, Idaho
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March or April 2015 Guide/Rescue/First Aid Training

Hello all,

I am currently researching river related safety training in the western USA. Preferably within a days drive of Idaho or Utah as my gear is in Utah and my home will hopefully be Idaho this summer.

I'd like to get a good river rescue and wilderness first aid course Between March 15 and April 30. I also plan to get the required CPR, and a CDL.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a reputable program? Isn't there some training done in Idaho each spring? I'm open to Washington, Oregon, NorCal, Idaho, Utah, Colorado.


As you can see, the training will be good for me


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Old 01-25-2015   #2
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Wilderness Medical Intstitute, Through NOLS is a very well established option for WFR and WEMT...
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Take your Pick of loactions, quite a few in your neck of the woods:

Swiftwater rescue is definitely available locally Per state too, maybe Boise Fire, google it... im sure there is top notch training in the whitewater state....
Good Luck, have a great summer, you are approaching it the right way......

Here's our Local Legend, Instructor and Resource for reference: and come to think of it, I bet Uncle Steve could point you in the direction of the best courses in the western US....

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Old 01-26-2015   #3
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Almost a full rotation, could have been a backflip!
Wishing I was on the river instead of surfing the web...
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Old 01-26-2015   #4
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Sierra Rescue has swiftwater corses usually in Caloma, CA...
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Old 01-30-2015   #5
Boise, Idaho
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Thanks guys, looking into courses through Sierra Rescue now. Stoked!
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Old 02-02-2015   #6
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I have heard a lot of great things about Swiftwater Safety Institute... they are based out of Jackson Wyoming. They do a lot of different type of swiftwater trainings and even a packraft specific class -- which sounds kind of cool.

Swiftwater Rescue Courses by SSI

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