Education and Training

Wilderness First Responder Training Swiftwater Rescue

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Wilderness First Responder presented by SOLO Colorado

Join us at Defiance HQ in September 2022 for an eight-day, river-oriented Wilderness First Responder training presented by SOLO Colorado. The town of Glenwood Springs is close by and accessible by a bike trail. Onsite camping is available for a fee.


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ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Courses

Learn the fundamentals of swiftwater rescue from Defiance’s American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors. No previous swiftwater training required.

2022 Course Schedule

  • May 7 + 8
  • August 27 + 28

Cost: $249 + 8% land use fee

*Optional CPR/First Aid certification is offered on the Saturday evening of each course offering for an additional $40.


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CPR/First Aid

Join Defiance Senior River Pro and Lead Guide and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, Jamie Linstrom at the Boathouse and earn your American RedCross two-year certification. Classes are offered beginning at 6pm the third Thursday of every month May – September.


If you are interested in more training & skill development, check out Defiance’s rafting guide training options.