Mike Mather, Mather Rescue


Mike Mather here and seeing as how you are reading this I very much want to thank you for your interest. This whole Mather Rescue thing probably started off with a scrappy kid in Lubbock, Texas watching the TV programs Wild Kingdom and Emergency, playing with Adventure People and through blue lips with chattering teeth refusing to get out of the pool when mom said it was time to go. In the late 80’s, I found out I was free to leave Texas I headed for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and started climbing. The next year Climbing Magazine did an article on endless climbing in the New River Gorge, West Virginia. I had to go check it out! At that time the only jobs available in WV for a guy like me were, a) Coal Miner or b) River Guide. I went with b and my life changed forever.

With my climbing rope skills and my passion for moving water, I jumped on the fast track to become a rescue instructor. That was a little more than 25 years ago and I am lucky enough to still be traveling the world teaching today. I became  an EMT in 1991, Firefighter/EMT in 2003. I have a Rescue Educator Foundation Degree from the University of Central Lancashire. I am a Rescue 3 International Instructor Trainer for Rope, Water, Rescue Boats, PWC as well as an American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer Educator for Safety & Rescue and Rafting. I have also taken more FEMA courses than merit mentioning. With this and more, I hope I get to share my training and life experience with whomever is interested.

Thanks again for looking in.

Have fun. Be safe.


  • Firefighter/EMT 2003
  • Rescue Educator Foundation Degree
  • Rescue 3 International Instructor Trainer
  • ACA Instructor Trainer Educator for Safety & Rescue and Rafting
  • 2017 Recipient of Higgins & Langley Award
  • 2017 Recipient of ACA Excellence in Instruction Award

About our training

Mather Rescue LLC strives to provide the highest quality training experience possible. To do so we like to train in challenging locations and conditions. Foul weather is a big reason why people get in to trouble so training will not be cancelled due to adverse weather. Class size and instructor to student ratio is important for participants to get proper hands on time. These vary among the different disciplines but generally the instructor to student ratio does not exceed 1:12 unless arranged in advance. Safety is our number one concern and our trainings are not without risk. We have a very strong participation by choice policy and want our participants to push themselves with confidence. If at any time a participant is concerned about an activity please let the instructors know so they can make any adjustments needed.



All cancellations must be made a minimum of 21 days in advance of the first day of scheduled training. If client cancels a course inside of the 21 day notice any non refundable expenses such as travel and materials shipping will be charged. If course minimum number of participants is not met client is responsible to pay in full for the minimum. Participants that do not complete the entire course still must pay in full.



Payment in full shall be received within 30 days of the last day of training. Some courses will require a deposit in advance per the arrangement between Mather Rescue LLC and the client.