Carl Motes-Conners founded Montana Rescue in order to share his passion for—and his common-sense approach to—safety in the outdoors. Carl has taught a broad range of students, from active-duty military teams looking to hone technical swiftwater expertise for hazardous river crossings while on deployment, to local families excited to develop basic rafting skills for floating mellow rivers on their new boat. In addition to teaching, Carl has owned and managed a commercial whitewater rafting and fly fishing operation in West Glacier, Montana. He developed a comprehensive recreation department for a 5-Star destination resort, including a guide-training curriculum and outdoor guest activities and programs for all four seasons. Carl earned his B.S. in Recreation Management and Nature-Based Tourism from the University of Montana, and spent college summers guiding on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
Carl is currently certified by Rescue 3 International to instruct technical water and rope rescue courses. He is also certified as an instructor through the International Rafting Federation. As an Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder and Licensed Outfitter in the State of Montana, Carl brings expansive and multifaceted experience to his courses.