Swiftwater Safety Institute utilizes several different training centers. We feel that it is important to train on bodies of water where your rescue team may respond. Our instructors can easily travel to your area and train on the water that you may be called upon to respond to. We design the training that fits your needs, and we take into account your current rescue response model and tailor a course designed to maximize your training.

SSI is comprised of a group of professional instructors located throughout the western U.S. including Alaska. Internationally, we work in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, India, and Central America. We routinely travel to various training sites, and are able to tailor a custom training platform based on your needs. We simplify the process. SSI is the evolution of technical surface water training, and we have the cadre of instructors to meet your training goals, no matter where you are located.

For custom private trainings, we look for a group size of 10. Please contact SSI to let us know what level of training you are in need of.


  • Search and Rescue / Mountain Rescue
  • Fire / EMS
  • Military Special Operations
  • BLM / USFS / NPS
  • Fishing, rafting, and other commercial tour companies
  • Private groups of recreational river users


We specialize in custom trainings. The certification attained in this course will be dependent on the scope, hours and detail of the training. Recreational trainings are presented with a “Verification of Training” vs a “Certification of Training.”

Rigging For River Rescue

What We Can Provide:

  • Technical Rescue & Flood Rescue Response
  • Flood Rescue Boat Operator
  • Packraft Specific Rescue Training
  • High Angle Rope Extraction Technician
  • Critical Water Response Training
  • Flood Response Training and Consultation
  • NFPA compliant training
  • Consultation on your desired level of training
  • A custom curriculum that meets the needs of your agency or group
  • Course site permits and travel logistics