Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Traveling Mom Posts about Raft Trip

A nice article about MRG from A Traveling Mom!

Missoula raft trips

Friday, March 10, 2017

Swiftwater Rescue Class

Whitewater Rescue Class: April 7-9, Missoula

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 flips,
pins, and situations with multiple victims.
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: Learn To Guide Whitewater

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, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's day 2016. I just went surfing early this morning to start the day right. By surfing I mean I repeated jumped into the river and tried to catch a wave.  There was not much standing up and I broke a fin. Can I still say I went surfing? I can't think of a better way to start a day.

We are already running the rivers near Missoula every day this season and are looking forward to a great year. Jack, Paul, Maddie and Drumsticks are on the Grand Canyon right now so Ellie, Corey, Sam, Quinn Everett and the Crew running all of the trips.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Raft Guide School, Whitewater Rafting Classes

This is MRG's 20th consecutive year of offering Whitewater Rafting Guide Schools designed for people wanting to lead whitewater trips and handle rafts in rescue situations. This class works for both new professional guides or private boaters wanting to get a solid foundation of river skills before going out on their own. We focus on safety, reading water, and guiding paddle rafts through Class II, III and IV whitewater. Topics include trip preparation, equipment, risk management, boat handling, communications, and rescue techniques.  The course combines river instruction with a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician class the first two days. On days three, four and five you'll guide whitewater raft trips on the Blackfoot River and Alberton Gorge.  No experience necessary. Personal river gear available for rent.  Call 406-214-0245 for details.  Tuition: $485

April 17-19,25,26  Raft Guide School            Missoula, MT
May 15-19             Raft Guide School           Missoula, MT

June 12-16             Raft Guide School           Missoula, MT

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Rafting and Swiftwater Rescue Classes

April 17-19,25,26  Guide School            Missoula, MT
April 24-26     Whitewater Rescue- Tech       Missoula, MT                              
May 1-3         Whitewater Rescue Tech       Kalispell, MT
May 8-10         Whitewater Rescue Tech        Kern River, CA

May 8-10         Whitewater Rescue-Tech        Billings, MT                                                                                                                  
May 15-19        Raft Guide School                 Missoula, MT

May 18-19       Rafting Workshop                  Missoula, MT
May 15-17       Whitewater Rescue-Tech       Bozeman, MT
May 23-24       Whitewater Rescue-Tech       Big Sky, MT
May 25-26       Whitewater Rescue Tech        Gardiner, MT
May 29-31       Whitewater Rescue-Tech        West Glacier, MT
June 3-5  Whitewater Rescue-Tech        Gardiner, MT
June 12-14        Whitewater Rescue-Tech       Missoula, MT
June 12-16       Raft Guide School                 Missoula, MT
June 15-16       Rafting Workshop                  Missoula, MT
June 19-21       Whitewater Rescue Tech        Great Falls, MT

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. Our rescue classes are certified through theWhitewater Rescue Institute. For specific directions, a class outline, and lodging info, call Mike at (406)-722-7238 or 406-214-0245 (cell).