Swiftwater Safety Institute (SSI) specializes in world-class swiftwater rescue training utilizing limited resources while encouraging innovative problem solving techniques.

SSI has been involved in the swiftwater rescue industry for 15 years. Serving both the public service and recreational sectors, SSI utilizes innovative educational techniques and integrative scenarios to allow our cadre of instructors to train professional rescue agencies, commercial guides and private river runners throughout the lower 48 and Alaska.

Internationally, we commonly work in the following locations:

  • Australia
  • Chile
  • India
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Central America

We routinely work with military special operations, and have been called upon to oversee river safety on various U.S. film productions. We are a collaborative team of professional rescue instructors with the field experience that counts. It is our mission to provide innovative training opportunities, and we are continually refining the surface water and flood response training industry. When the U.S. Navy SEALs require additional specialized river training they call SSI – when you need the highest level of training available, you should too.


Delivering dynamic swiftwater rescue training that is unilaterally rich in quality and consistency is the cornerstone of our philosophy and clearly recognized by industry professionals.

We provide swiftwater technician level N.F.P.A. training for Federal and State agencies such as disaster relief groups (F.E.M.A.), Hazard Response Teams, Fire/E.M.S. and specific military groups. Please call to request additional N.F.P.A. training opportunities.