River Safety and Guide Training

In addition to hundreds of hours of on-river training, all of Western's guides have advanced first aid and CPR certifications. Many hold EMT and Wilderness First Responder qualifications. In addition, every trip is equipped with ample safety and first aid equipment as well as satellite phones for emergency use.

Our guides start each trip with a comprehensive orientation, much of it concerning safety. They instruct you on where and how to sit in the boat. They demonstrate proper use of your life jacket. They show you how to hold on in the rapids. In camp and on hikes, our guides remain alert, always watching out for your well-being. Our goal is to help you enjoy your best travel adventure ever…comfortably and safely.



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Safety on the river