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3 months ago

Coral Rose Taylor

I had a great time getting re-certified in Wilderness First Aid last weekend! Not only was the class informative, it was also fun. Our instructor, Ryan Anderson, did an excellent job. He's a great instructor, who kept the class moving and entertaining, while interspersing his own stories and allowing us time to share as well. I learned a lot and would highly recommend him and Sierra Rescue International! Thanks again to Julie and Abigail Polsby - you and your entire team rocks!... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

Terry Xiao

I am going to introduce HoverArk water rescue drone to Sierra rescue International team , unman remote controled rescue robot .... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

Say Leon Gamboa

the best in their field!!... See MoreSee Less

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12 months ago

Charlee Dawn

Don Lester and Tim Warren were AMAZING for Swiftwater, So much knowledge gained in such little amount of time. I would recommend this class to ANYONE who is in and around water. Whether for hobby or work.... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Julie Sena Hoffman

I highly recommend Sierra Rescue! Just took the SRT 1 class with Don Lester and Carson Lindsay and they were excellent! They knew their stuff and made the training fun and safe! Will be back soon! Thanks again to everyone at Sierra Rescue... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Marty Stockstell

Such an awesome learning experience. Feel so much better now getting into a river to do some paddling. Our instructor Tim, was super knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend this class to anyone planning to spend time on rivers.... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Mariane Marco

Sierra Rescue is, from my experience, absolutely top notch. My main instructor, Don Lester, is quite simply an amazing human being. Is there anything he hasn’t done? He has done rescue in about every disaster around the globe. But none of that would matter if he weren’t able to teach. And that is what makes him exceptional—he can recognize how people learn differently and will adjust accordingly. Both Don and Julie Munger were great about making sure the course was pertinent to everyone’s needs. There were firefighters that needed the course for their job. There were guys that wanted a leg up when applying to various rescue-related jobs. Then there was me, a pudgy female city-slicker at the end of her 40’s that just wanted to be able to save animals as part of a Disaster Animal Response Team. Don was able to give the fire guys “real world” info while also showing the options and new methods that the “old guard” might not be hip to. But was also able to relate everything to animal rescue. Julie, who does a lot of large animal rescue, even brought out her (adorable) pup Wilma so I could run some scenarios with her— which Julie also made sure the rest of the class knew how to do— while also giving them info about the PET act which is pertinent to all rescuers/firefighters now.

The Swiftwater class was my first time in a rapid river and I was even less experienced in this realm that I was with rope rescue— but I never once felt unsafe. Nor did I feel any pressure to take part in any task that I thought was above my skill level. Multiple people had incorrect gear and we were all accommodated by Don giving us gear from his stash.

About the gear— it is in tip-top shape. Safety checks are mandatory for absolutely everything, which is, of course, as it should be.

The office & admin respond quickly to both phone and email and were pleasant while doing so. They give you all the instruction you need to get where you need to go, stuff to bring, things that are optional, etc.

It’s pretty amazing how well they accommodated everyone’s skill levels. I was pooped at the end of the day but so were all the super-strong firemen. We were all challenged, but at levels that were appropriate to each of us.

On top of that, Julie and Don are just fun, smart, good folks that are a blast to be around.

An A+ organization for sure. I flew out from NYC to California to take these classes, and I have absolutely no regrets. Well worth it!
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Wonderful Wilderness First Responder course with top notch instructors.... See MoreSee Less

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The WFR course was everything I ever expected and MORE! The dynamic between my instructors was balanced, informational, and entertaining! Last but not least, the student bonding was incredible! Definitely an experience I’ll never forget! Love to Sierra Rescue!... See MoreSee Less

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3 years ago

Connor Gerard Duffy

Don was the best instructor I could have imagined.... See MoreSee Less

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There are few people on each as dedicated to their craft as Julie Munger and Abigail Polsby. They are rewriting the book on rescue. Practical, pertinent and to the point... I highly recommend their classes!

Jim Coffey
Rescue for River Runners/Esprit
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3 years ago

Guri Sejzer

I took Rescue 3 International´s SRT-I (Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Unit 1™) Course back in August 2009 through Sierra Rescue (Rescue 3 West) in Kern River, California. Excellent course and outstanding instructor. Recommended to all career open water lifeguards and water rescue firefighters who might have to deal with swiftwater/flood rescues.... See MoreSee Less

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I was very impressed with our instructors knowledge. I learned a lot and had a great time! Andrew Pierce and Taylor know their stuff. Super pros!... See MoreSee Less

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I took swift water with Liam...that guy is a wealth of knowledge...great energy...made the class a ton of fun!!!... See MoreSee Less

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Great, practical curriculum for river rescue. And Don is a great teacher!... See MoreSee Less

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Top notch training! I attended a swift water rescue course in Coloma, CA and my instructor was Liam O'Neil. His experiments and attention to detail is unparalleled. Highly recommend Sierra Rescue.... See MoreSee Less

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3 years ago

Chris Pattison

Just finished SRT1 with Don Lester and Carson Lindsay. Great instructors of the highest caliber and knowledge! Can't wait to take another course.... See MoreSee Less

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4 years ago

Dylan Renn

Just finished their 72 hour Wilderness First Respondercourse with Don Lester and Liam Oniell. Who are Great instructors who know there stuff.
A great investment for anyone who works in the outdoors, travels in the outdoors or lives in a remote area.
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Just finished a WFR course with Don Lester, and Liam Oneill. Couldn't be happier with the knowledge and ability shared by these two!... See MoreSee Less

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Hard to describe the power of this course had for me. Excellent all around, Zach and Julie are terrific instructors, eloquent and powerful both.... See MoreSee Less

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Excellent classes with first class instructors! Took SRT1 SWRA Zach and Ryan)... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Jason Lampley

I just completed the TRR/SRT1-A ten day combo course with John and Don. I had a blast! Awesome training!... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Alex Maragato

Treinamento forte, ocorrência tranquila!!... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Russell Barrett

Top of the line rescue training... See MoreSee Less

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Power house Unit!!!! You gals and guys rock!!!... See MoreSee Less

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The best this side of the Missisipi. The most professional training you'll ever get in the world! Sierra Rescue lives and breaths it. Train hard, train well and train often! Go Julie!!!... See MoreSee Less

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No need to look any further, hands-down the best water rescue training instructors and curriculum currently (no pun intended) available! Recommended without reservation.... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Phil Dew

Julie Munger/Sierra Rescue - top notch instructor and WFR course. U R amazing:)... See MoreSee Less

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Julie is an incredible instructor and very knowledgable. We had a fantastic WFR course and I highly recommend Sierra Rescue!... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Cristin Knowlton

I've had instruction in so many fields--business school, law school, climbing instruction--and I can unequivocally say that Julie with Sierra Rescue is the best instructor I've ever had. Top notch program!!... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Nicole Doyle

Awesome course with Abi in Coloma these last two days!! You guys "Rock the "Rescue"!!!... See MoreSee Less

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6 years ago

Kiersa Koepnick

Julie is an outstanding inspirational human 🙂 the course was beyond exceptional . Thank you !!!... See MoreSee Less

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Just completed the SRT course with Don Lester. Awesome training. Thanks from the TontoRimSearchAndRescueSquad.... See MoreSee Less

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