Sawyer River Group

Be a Solid River Partner

Essential River Skills






risk management




The Sawyer River Group shares knowledge to build skills, enable adventure, manage risk, respond to emergencies, and be a good partner on rivers and inland waterways.


SRG offers swiftwater rescue and wilderness first aid courses, supports athletes with event safety coordination, provides instruction in river tripping and expedition leadership, and offers guidance in risk management around rivers and inland waterways.


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Based out of New Hampshire's White Mountains—with roots in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and the North Maine Woods—Darron Laughland and Jake Risch offer more than 40 combined years of whitewater leadership experience.


As accomplished whitewater boaters, founding members of the White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team and experienced river guides they bridge the gap between the recreational, professional, and agency whitewater/swiftwater communities. 


Darron and Jake are excited to launch the Sawyer River Group, provide realistic scenario-based training, and share their knowledge and experience. 



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