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Wilderness Rescue International - 2-day Operations Level: Swiftwater Rescue Course

Friday, Sep 23, 2022 - 6:00 pm through Sunday, Sep 25, 2022 - 9:00 pm

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Wilderness Rescue International - 2-day Operations Level: Swiftwater Rescue Course (member)
Wilderness Rescue International - 2-day Operations Level: Swiftwater Rescue Course (non-member)
Leaders: Caroline Rose
Dan Dunne
Joshua Faessler

Event Information


Howdy Paddlers!

We very luckily secured almost full funding from the Wisconsin Union (directors fund) to bring in an expert Swiftwater River Rescue Instructor from out of state. This instructor wrote multiple books on whitewater rescue and will be providing our group with a 2-day Swiftwater River Rescue Operations training and certification through Wilderness Rescue International. More information on this instructor's experience is available here.

Our goal with this course is to provide yall with as much time as possible with Nate while he is in town (His flight from Idaho arrives late on Friday evening and leaves early on Monday morning).

We will shoot to meet up at Memorial Union early on Saturday to load up gear and transport to our Classroom/Rapid on Wolf River near Langlade, WI (Gilmore’s Mistake and other rapids...). We will learn, practice rescue skills, and paddle all weekend, returning late in the evening on Sunday. We will hopefully be camping at some group sites at Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Center near the river on Saturday night. 

All food and transportation costs will be covered in the $50 registration fee for this course. 

For more information on this training please view the attached document from Wilderness Rescue International. 



We are camping at Bear Paw Outdoors, sties 1 & 2. 

The campground has restrooms and showers. 

Each participant will have their own tent (except if same-household people want to share); this is part of our Hoofer covid guidelines for trips. 

Participants may borrow a tent from Hoofers if needed. 
Please see the packing list below:


What to bring

IMPORTANT: During in-water scenarios, participants must wear closed-toe shoes that will stay on in the water. 


Each person: 
Items with a star can be provided by Hoofers. 



Tent *
Sleeping pad *
Sleeping Bag * 
Pillow (optional) 
Toiletries for overnight (toothbrush, etc.) 
Headlamp or other light 
Change of clothes for sleeping - bring layers if it’s forecast to be cold. 

Raincoat if any rain is forecast. 

Footwear that will not fall off in the water! 

Whitewater Helmet *
Whitewater-appropriate PFD* 


Glasses strap if applicable 

polypropylene base layers 

neoprene wetsuit (can borrow from Hoofers) 

close-fitting insulating layer in fleece or wool  (a warm-when-wet material) 

a loose-fitting, bulky insulating layer in fleece or wool (a warm-when-wet material) 

a wind-blocking and water resistant layer such as a splash jacket or raincoat 

thin hat or skull cap for getting wet (fitting under the helmet)  

gloves that are warm-when-wet, ideally neoprene. Even fingerless gloves can help.  

"toaster mitts" or other very warm gloves for getting wet

wool socks for getting wet 


Water bottle 


Dry change of clothing (and dry shoes) for after the river.  We recommend having closed-toe dry shoes and long pants for protection from the bugs. 

I suggest having a warm hat and wool socks to change into if you get cold! 
Plastic bags for wet clothing 



Eligibility Criteria

Students should be in strong athletic condition, in good health, and have moderate swimming ability in strong current. Consult your physician if you have any doubts. It is an expectation that students will be in full attendance for the entirety of the training. Please arrive early for meeting times and anticipate long days filled with fun and challenge. We can make arrangements for people who prefer to not be in the water at all. Please contact us prior to the course with any questions or concerns so we can discuss this further. Participants should be able to hike well, manage cold water conditions, lift boats/gear and walk short distances while caring gear. 


Meeting time and location 

For participants joining the Fleet car, we will meet at Memorial Union boathouse at 5:30PM (or as soon as you can) on Friday Sept 23. 

For participants providing your own transport, the class will convene at 9:00AM at Bear Paw (the grassy space behind the Pub building). 




Event Type
Trip (off-site, ratings may be achieved)
Accommodation Information
Camping with Outing Gear Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Center N3494 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
Driving or Travel Details
Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
Food and Equipment Information
Trip Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
Trip Purpose/Goals

Registration Count

Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 8 2