About this Training Provider
For more than 45 years - the Dvorak family - Bill, Jaci, Matt, and Anicka - have owned and operated Dvorak Expeditions (DVK) - outfitting whitewater adventure trips in the southwestern USA on 8 rivers and over 28 canyons. Still truly family-run, it’s not unusual to call the DVK business line with questions and have Bill or Jaci answer the phone and answer those questions.
We are proud to have trained and hired hundreds of guides in the past 40 years. Many of our professional team have been with us for 10 years or more. These hand-picked guides are each certified Swiftwater Rescue Technicians. They are personable (to say nothing of fun!), have years of experience and take your vacation very seriously no matter what you choose to participate in -- rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling, fishing, water skill instruction or multi-sport combinations. Our staff are highly versatile and multi-talented individuals who are responsible for water safety and awareness, food preparation, trip logistical planning and creating a hassle-free and enjoyable adventure for guests. Anyone who has taken a whitewater adventure with us knows the guides make that trip a true 'River Magic' experience.
Bill began teaching Rescue 3 Swiftwater courses with Jim Segerstrom in 1982. He became Colorado's first certified Rescue 3 instructor and then an instructor trainer a few years later. Building on his previous background as an instructor with Outward Bound, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and as a mountaineering instructor in New Zealand and Colorado, he also added the certification of Technical Rope Rescue instructor in the 90s.
Bill and his wife, Jaci Dvorak, are outdoor educators of long standing. Bill completed an MA in Alternative and Experiential Education from the University of Colorado. Married in 1969, they soon took their adventure abroad: teaching at a school, running an outdoor education center for a college, and operating a SCUBA diving charter boat on the Barrier Reef in Australia, as well as climbing in Nepal and traveling throughout Asia until their return to US in the late 70s. In 1979 Bill took over leadership of the Partners River Program in Denver, CO - providing outdoor experience for underprivileged youth. They ran this program until they purchased the river portion of the program in 1984 to become Dvorak Expeditions Inc. - a family-owned outfitting business in the Arkansas River Valley in Colorado operating continuously since 1985. As one of the early pioneers of western whitewater river rafting in the Rocky Mountains, they were the 1st outfitter licensed by the state of Colorado. Since that time Dvorak Expeditions’ river trips, guide training courses, teenage skills camps, and Swiftwater training programs have become world-renown and been featured on ESPN and National Geographic as well as many print articles in newspapers, magazines, travel books and television specials.
Matt Dvorak, Vice President of Dvorak Expeditions, became a certified Rescue 3 instructor in 1999 after having audited and/or participated in many parts of the courses since his early teenage years. Now he is a lead instructor with certified qualifications in Technical Rope and Swiftwater. Matt grew up with his parents owning and operating Dvorak Expeditions, Est. 1969, and has been a professional Class V+ river guide and team leader for more then 20 years, skilled in rafting, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking. He has more then 9,000 river miles and has guided on rivers all over the world.
Matt has planned and taught rescue courses for multiple fire department, police, Air Force, Para-Rescue and US Army groups. He regularly teaches Technical Rope Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue (simple to complex systems), survival techniques, teamwork, adaptation, hydrology, and boat handling skills.
He is also a lead Search and Rescue Drone Pilot for Chaffee County since 2018. He has led wilderness recovery, rescue, and drone training for Chaffee County, which is the Colorado county containing the highest concentration of 14,000 ft peaks. He has operated Matrice 210 (FLIR), Inspire 2, Mavic Enterprise, and custom aircraft for various purposes depending on conditions.