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PRO-I Jackson WY May 11 – 12, 2024



This swiftwater rescue course is for Dave Hansen Whitewater guides only and is closed to public registration. 

This swiftwater rescue course is designed as the PRO entry-level course for those requiring certification for any type of employment. This is open to recreational river users wishing to train on the pro track, but is a much faster pace of training designed for professional guides. You must enter this course with intermediate to advanced knowledge on river flow mechanics, river swimming, river running fundamentals and a sound understanding of river vocabulary terms. The popular REC-I courses are suitable for a large range of experience levels from beginner to advanced, and taught at a more digestible speed for newer river runners. If you don’t have prior swiftwater training, you should consider a REC-I course if you don’t require certification for employment. A practical examination will be given on morning one and all students must be proficient in order to advance in the course.

Space is limited to 16 students and will be taught by SSI lead instructor, Alex Nelson. Class fills up fast, so register early!

WHO THIS IS FOR: Professionals or those wishing to engage in the PRO track; Eg, Commercial river guides, SAR members, technical rescue team members, or others wanting to pursue the Professional track.


NFPA 1006 & 1670 COMPLIANT: No

COURSE FORMAT: 2 day PRO-I course with 2 hours of online training prior to start date. 8 hours each day of in-field training. Total class length: 18hrs.

WHEN: May 11 – 12, 2024

WHERE: Jackson, WY

FIELD SITE: Snake and Hoback Rivers


1. Proficient swimmer

2. Physically capable

3. Desire to learn

4. Pass online training with a minimum 80%

5. All of the necessary PPE

6. Meet all Essential Eligibility Criteria

The welcome packet details the gear you will need for this course. As an SSI student, you get access to student pricing in the SSI Gear Shop! Once you register you’ll have access to the shop through your SSI account.


The PRO-I, a professional-level swiftwater rescue course, certifies employment needs. Teaching vital rescue techniques in diverse river settings with limited resources, it meets the requirements of river guides, USFS, NPS, SAR teams, Field Biologists, and BLM employees. Additionally, this course is open to recreational river users wishing to train on the PRO track and have access to the PRO-II course not accessible through the REC track.

Focused on personal safety, decision-making, risk management, and complex problem-solving within a team with limited rescue resources and communication, this course accommodates varying student skill levels. From professional guides to seasonal contractors, each student gains valuable skills in self-rescue, hazard avoidance, and recognition—integral components of this comprehensive swiftwater rescue course.

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May 11 @ 8:30 am - May 12 @ 4:30 pm


Jackson, WY Jackson, WY 83002 United States


Dave Hansen Whitewater
Phone: (307) 733-6295
Email: info@davehansenwhitewater.com
Website: https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/