Wave Trek Rescue is one of the Northwest’s finest training center for swiftwater and technical rope rescue. We offer a wide variety of rescue courses to meet both professional and recreational needs, drawing from Rescue 3 International and American Canoe Association (ACA) curriculum. Our top-notch instructors are experienced boaters, climbers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. They incorporate individual student objectives into each course curriculum for the most challenging and rewarding learning experience possible.
Our one-of-a-kind facility is located on the banks of Washington’s Skykomish River and set amongst the cliffs of the famous Index climbing wall at the base of the Cascade Mountains, only one hour away from Seattle. Here in Index, we are immersed in our outdoor classroom, workspace and playground, making it an ideal learning space for all our students. Our vast, wooded lot can accommodate large groups and camping.
Wave Trek Rescue strives to stay abreast of the dynamic field of swiftwater and rope rescue and to share that information with our students to prepare them for situations in their professional or recreational endeavors. Our courses are NFPA compliant. Whether it is swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, technical animal or motorized boat handling WTR has a course for everyone. First and foremost we want students to learn how to think about, assess, and approach swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, and all technical rescue scenarios with the least amount of risk and most amount of benefit possible. We integrate advances from many fields to present our students with a diverse “toolbox” they can draw from when confronting new rescue challenges. Regardless of whether we are instructing recreational boaters or trained rescue professionals the dedication to river and vertical safety principles is the same—the only worthy platform for a rescue is one in which the safety of the rescuer and his or her team take top priority.
Ryan Murphy is the new owner/operator of Wave Trek Rescue after being brought in by Chris Jonason to take over. Ryan started teaching for Rescue 3 International in 2005 and started working with Chris in 2003. Ryan worked for the military for 8 years training SERE Medics and Cadre in Swiftwater and Technical Rope Rescue, while also holding the job of Assistant Director for the Outdoor Rec. program and responsible for the commercial rafting, climbing, kayaking, and other outdoor adventure programs. His experience started with his first job as a climbing tower safety instructor at Boy Scout Camp in 1994. Being an avid rock climber and ropes course facilitator give Ryan many teaching tools. He is also a ACA kayak and rafting instructor. Logging river miles all over the western U.S. and British Columbia have helped with gaining experience and practical knowledge of how to get things done. Ryan's experience also include attending The Evergreen State College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Watershed Studies and River Habitat Analysis. Taking his passion for the environment and teaching, Ryan brings a unique skill set and diverse background of knowledge and river experience to his classes, creating a fun and safe learning environment for students of all ages and skill levels. He also is a volunteer EMT and Tech Rescuer for his local fire department Snohomish County Fire Dist. # 28 at Station 55 in Index, WA.