Jim Coffey is Canadian and has been guiding for 30 years. He is considered to be among the most experienced and accomplished guides in the rafting industry. Jim has run rivers in 35 countries, guiding expeditions in the U.S., Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory, and British Columbia), Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and Nepal. Jim is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and an accredited certified instructor in a number of disciplines including; rafting, canoeing (American Canoe Association), First Aid/C.P.R., and Swift Water Rescue. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Higgins and Langley Awards for Excellence in Swiftwater Rescue. Jim brought the Swift water Rescue 3 program to Eastern Canada and has taught swift water rescue classes throughout the Americas. He has raced whitewater canoes representing Canada internationally and captained the Canadian rafting team to 5 top 10 finishes at the World Rafting Championships. Jim is the Founder, Director and Lead Instructor of W.I.L.D (Whitewater Intensive Leadership Development School), the world’s most comprehensive whitewater guide training program. Graduates of this 4 month intensive program learn Swiftwater Rescue, wilderness first aid, rafting, kayaking, adventure leadership, conservation and Wilderness Ethics. Jim has worked to bring attention to the threats to a number of Canadian rivers including James Bay, Quebec’s Rupert and Kipawa Rivers.
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