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  • Date: October 13-15, 2017
  • Location: Pacific Northwest - Mill City, OR     
  • Venue: Santiam River, OR
  • Facilities:
    • Fishermans Bend Recreation Site


Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)


  • Pre-Conference: Level 4: SWR - Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)
  •  Post-Conference: Level 4: SWR - Instructor Certification Exam (ICE)


Presenters & Presentations for 2017:

  • Presentations (PDF)
  • To see current presenter bios and photos please click here

Additional Highlights

  • Challenging on-water sessions for paddlers of all experience levels
  • Learn from a list of who's who in swiftwater rescue
  • Educational sessions for fire and rescue personnel 
  • High quality land and water educational sessions
  • ACA Safety & Rescue Instructor Updates
  • and much more...



"I admired all of the instructors for their patience, knowledge,  and listening skills. They seemed to be very humble and approachable. Made it all well worth the time and money. Thank you."


"This was an impressive format and the skill of the presenters was great.  I enjoyed the location and proximity of all the sites. A night scenario would be interesting to partake in."


"Awesome job everyone! Great energy and pace throughout the conference. I has an fantastic time an learned a ton of stuff!"


"It was an excellent group of instructors, and fellow attendees, to learn from.  Julie Munger, Jim Coffey and Mike Mather were truly exceptional in the content and delivery of information.  Ty Tuff and Aaron Peeler also provided a great combination of enthusiasm and expertise.  Travis Reid deserves the congeniality award -- I don't think I ever saw him without a smile or super positive attitude.   I didn't have much time to interact with Sam Fowlkes, but it was clear that his expertise runs deep."


Partner Appreciation


A special thanks to the following partners of the 2017 ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference:

Landmark Learning Esprit


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