Southwest Rescue

Training Provider Information

  • (970) 903-8355
  • Southwest Region / us

About this Training Provider

Our Mission

Southwest Rescue offers the highest quality remote rescue education and training in the industry. We offer certifications in Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness Medicine, and Avalanche Education. Our goal at Southwest Rescue is to be the best provider of rescue education for individuals and organizations seeking practical and effective solutions to the most common wilderness emergency situations. Through exceptionally engaging and stimulating instruction, we aim to provide every student with an unparalleled educational experience, preparing them for true emergencies in the field. Southwest Rescue works in conjunction with the organizations providing the best product in the rescue education industry. Certifications or completion cards are offered through Rescue 3 International, the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

Southwest Rescue will provide a course that meets your needs. We work with many different individuals, agencies, and organizations including Outdoor Professionals, Fire Departments, Fish and Game employees, Search and Rescue teams, Sheriff Departments, Colleges, Outward Bound, Private Individuals, and many others who work and play in the wilderness. Southwest Rescue is based out of Durango, Colorado, but offers courses nationwide.

Instructor Profile

Aaron Ball

Aaron Ball is Southwest Rescue's owner and lead instructor. Aaron is a Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, a Wilderness Medicine Training Center Senior Instructor, and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level One Course Leader.

With over ten years of experience in the outdoor industry, Aaron has worked as a Whitewater River Guide on rivers in California, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado; has served as a rock, river, and mountaineering instructor, course director and staff trainer for Outward Bound; has ski patrolled at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area; has guided rock climbing and back country skiing for Southwest Adventure Guides; and has taught as an adjunct faculty member for the adventure education programs at San Juan College and Fort Lewis College. Aaron has rafted rivers, backcountry skied, rock climbed, and ventured into many other wild places all over the western United States. He currently lives in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado, with his family and is always out exploring the wonders of the area.