We are running 100% outside courses, with no classroom or indoor sessions. Our courses are being modified to keep in mind social distancing and WHO/CDC guidelines.


First of all, we thank you for being part of the Sierra Rescue family! As you know, we are all passionate about what we do, and you are a huge part of it! As we carefully negotiate the coming weeks, your safety, and the safety of our Instructors is our highest priority. We are doing the best we can to be exceptionally flexible so that as you navigate your daily decisions about work and family, we can support those decisions. With constantly changing information, shelter in place orders, and an unknown pathway for the virus, it is important to us that we support each other during these challenging times.

Here is the letter we are asking students to sign prior to training.

Hello Sierra Rescue Student!

First of all, thank you for your support and flexibility during this challenging time.  This is a time when we all need to be resilient and open to change.  While we will do our best to provide your scheduled training, it may be cancelled at any time due to changing County, State, Federal, or CDC guidelines, or other COVID-19 related reasons.  With the current situation in flux, we want you to know that our rescheduling  policy is 100% flexible.  If you choose not to attend your scheduled training, we will reschedule you at no charge. 

The following policy for responsible practices includes a great deal of personal responsibility on your part; it is dependent on you being healthy, safe, and not a vector for COVID-19.

Here is what we ask:


That you have been maintaining social distancing, wearing proper personal protection including masks, washing your hands and keeping surfaces disinfected.

That you are not prematurely leaving a quarantine or 14-day shelter in place to attend the course, and you have no known or obvious exposure to someone with COVID-19.

That you are healthy, do not have any flu-like symptoms, a fever of over 100, or any signs of decreasing O2 saturation levels.  If you are at all sick, please DO NOT attend the course.  We will reschedule you, no questions asked!  If you attend sick, you will be asked to leave. As always, you should not be attending a course if you feel sick or physically unable to do so for any reason. 


Maintain social distancing protocols.  We will have a low instructor to student ratio to facilitate social distancing.  The entire course will be taught outside.

Wear appropriate PPE for the duration of the course; including gloves, face mask and glasses when appropriate.  You will need to bring your own face mask.  

Hand sanitize and wash your hands frequently.  We will provide hand wash stations and hand sanitizer.  You should bring your own small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep with you at all times. 

If you must sneeze, do it into a tissue if at all possible and dispose of the tissue.  Your most important goal will be to not distribute any respiratory droplets to others. 

Self-monitor during the course.  Please bring a thermometer and take your temperature every day.  Your Instructor will have a pulse oximeter to measure your O2 saturation levels. 

Please take personal responsibility for helping to keep gear disinfected, and be sure to take care of your own clothes, river equipment, camping gear, group gear, etc.  It will help insure all gear is kept disinfected if everyone cleans before and after use. 

About Our Course Locations:

All of our courses are taught 100% OUTSIDE.  Please come prepared for the weather, and bring appropriate food and water for the day. 

During your “off hours” on multi-day courses:

We will be relying on you to maintain safe practices before and after your course days, to follow all recommended practices for social distancing, PPE, and to conduct proper disinfecting on your “off time”. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you need, or choose, to reschedule.  We are in a dynamic and evolving situation and we all need to be vigorous about containing the spread of the virus.  We are continually monitoring Local, State, Federal, CDC and WHO recommendations. 

Thank you so much for training with us!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,

Julie and Abi

I acknowledge that I have read the above document and understand my responsibilities.


Your Name


Your Signature and Date 

We ask the following of you. Please call to reschedule if:

  • you have been in close contact (within approximately 6 feet for any period) with a person known to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • you have any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) within the 14 days prior to the course

These measures require students to self identify. Total honesty will drive the greater good for other students and instructors. Please be honest to keep everyone safe; and realize we will reschedule you for no charge and a great deal of gratitude.

We do appreciate your desire to train with us; and understand that you may wish to reschedule due to COVID-19 reasons. We have a flexible rescheduling policy; but still need to follow our published refund policy for anyone needing a refund unless other arrangements have been made. This is to preserve our ability to support our instructors during this challenging time.


Due the unprecedented times and the need to support each other during these times, we are offering a 6 month extension to students who have a current Sierra Rescue WFR card, and are currently registered in a WFR recertification course that has been cancelled or postponed. Please send us your registration information from the course you were registered in. Once we verify you in our database, we will send you an extension letter that can be used with your Sierra Rescue WFR card to show you are still a currently certified WFR.

We are also offering the same extension for Sierra Rescue WFA students whose courses have been cancelled or postponed. Please send us verification of the course cancellation or postponement.

We are also offering a 3 month extension for the American CPR issued CPR/FA cards. Please scan and e-mail us a copy of your current CPR card with a completion date that falls between March 1, 2018 and May 1 2018 and we will send you a 3 month extension letter. Another 3 month extension letter may be available in May depending on the status and availability of training opportunities.

If you feel like you need new cards with the new expiration date there will be a $25 fee to reissue the cards. Contact if you want more info on this option


Thank you for reading through this COVID-19 information. We will continually be updating this page as we gain more insight, and we all as a society better understand what we face.

All of us here at Sierra Rescue wish you, and your loved ones, all the best possible at this time. We hope we all emerge out the other end more bonded together as a community of people willing to support each other and keep each other safe during an unprecedented time.

With gratitude!

Julie and Abi