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Swiftwater Rescue Training Now Offered Through Western

March 26, 2019

Western Wyoming Comm
Western Wyoming Community College partners with the Swiftwater Safety Institute in offering Swiftwater Rescue Training on Expedition Island.

The course teaches rescue techniques with limited resources in a remote setting.

Western Wyoming Community College partners with the Swiftwater Safety Institute in offering Swiftwater Rescue Training with in-class learning opportunities as well as practice on Expedition Island in Green River, April 25th-29th.

This course focuses on rescues with team members having limited resources, people to help, and communication with outside parties. The class is intensive and has two to three hours of on-land instruction each morning prior to entering the water.

Swiftwater Rescue Training is designed to meet varying student skill levels, and everyone from seasonal guides to recreational river runners benefit from the rescue techniques taught in this course. The three-day course meets the needs of professional river guides as well as United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees.

“We are excited about bringing this opportunity to our local community. People in Southwest Wyoming enjoy recreating in its rivers, and having rescue skills can determine the outcome of an emergency situation. In the past, our community members would have had to travel to attend Swiftwater Rescue training, and the inconvenience, costs and time commitment associated with it, has been a deterrent for them attending such training,” said Dorothy Harton, Division Chair, Health Sciences and Public Service at Western.

The course is one credit and costs $220 per person. The course dates are April 25th-April 29th. Students will meet on Western’s Rock Springs campus on April 25th and 29th from 5:30-8:30PM. On April 26th-28th, Students will meet on Expedition Island in Green River from 8AM-5PM.

For more information on this course contact Dorothy Harton at or visit Western’s App, Mustang Connections at To register, please call (307) 382-1600. 


Persons seeking admission, employment or access to programs of Western Wyoming Community College shall be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political belief, handicap, or veteran status.

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181