Grand Canyon Motorboat Adventure CME Trip

August 27 - September 3, 2017
Cost: $3,200

Join Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA) and Grand Canyon Discovery on a Grand Canyon whitewater rafting expedition!



A Motorboat Adventure trip is a wonderful way to experience the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in an 8‐day rafting journey. Arizona Raft Adventures and Grand Canyon Discovery take a lot of pride in producing what we believe is the best motorized trip available in the Grand Canyon at any price. Our Motorboat Adventure trip is perfect for people who want the sense of security and comfort of a larger raft, more time in the Canyon for exploration and a moderate group size.



Beyond the rafting portion of your trip, this adventure also includes some beautiful back country camping as well as some of the most incredible hiking opportunities in the Grand Canyon, awe inspiring night skies, companionship among the guides and other participants, and nature. It is an expedition style trip and we hope come along for the entire experience.

AzRA supplies:

  • waterproof dry bags
  • sleeping bag and liner
  • sleeping pad
  • tarp
  • tent
  • camp chair
  • mug
  • Colorado River Guide Book,
  • life jacket
  • eating utensils
  • all food, snacks, and drinks including coffee, tea, juice, water and Gatorade.

Additional charges not included are:

  • pre- and post‐trip hotel accommodations
  • any additional beverages you would like beyond what we provide
  • gratuities you might feel inclined to give your guides

We also provide you a complete packet of information including all the pre and post trip logistics, frequently asked questions, equipment list with recommended items to bring, area map, and more trip information to assist you with planning.


Brad Bennett, PhD, NREMT-P, WEMT, FAWM
Brad is an applied physiologist who retired as a Captain after 27 years in the U.S. Navy. He emphasis in the Navy was biomedical research, development, and medical education & training. Also, he is subject matter expert on battlefield trauma having served over the past 12 years on the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. He also has an extensive background in prehospital emergency medicine. Brad serves as an Associate Professor and former Vice Chairman, Military and Emergency Medicine Department, Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1995 he started the third Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group at USUHS as sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). He trained as a Navy Medical Department Deep Sea Diving Officer, and is certified as a PADI Master Diver; He serves on the Board of Directors as the Medical Officer, Tidewater Search & Rescue, Norfolk, VA Currently, and is the current President of the Wilderness Medical Society.

Tom Myers, MD
Medical Director Grand Canyon National Park and park physician for over 20 years. Desert wilderness medicine instructor since 1994. River guide, hiking guide and writer.  Co-author of three Grand Canyon related books, including best-selling Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon.



All levels of rafting experience are welcome on the Motor Adventure trip and is a sensible choice for individuals and/or groups with a wide range of skill levels, abilities and interests.

AzRA requires that individuals:

  • Weigh 250 pounds or less and have a maximum waist or chest size of 52 inches or less (maximum dimensions allowed for Coast Guard approved life preservers)
  • Are at least ten years old
  • Are up-to-date with tetanus

Also, The National Park Service restricts access to one trip through the Grand Canyon for each person per year.


Your group will remain together the entire trip without the interruption of other guests leaving or joining the trip at exchange points. This means you get more personal attention from our guides and bonding with new friends is natural and easy in this setting. Finally, not only do we run ideal group sizes, Arizona Raft Adventures pioneered the use of quiet, four stroke, engines and the motors are just big enough to steer our 32‐34 foot long rafts. Our custom designed boat is comfortable and still offers excitement through the rapids.

You see 225 miles of the Colorado River, from the "put in" location at Lee's Ferry to the "take-out" location at Diamond Creek. On this 8‐day trip, the pace allows plenty of time to adjust to group needs. One day we might enjoy an early camp, another day we spend more time hiking and playing up side streams and canyons. Side hikes are optional; however, we encourage you to come along as some of the most spectacular scenery in the
Grand Canyon is up the side canyons.

All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Tom Myers' book: Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon.



The motorized trip begins and ends in Flagstaff, Arizona. You need to plan to attend our 7:00 PM orientation meeting the evening before your trip departs (August 26). Bright and early on the morning of your trip, we will pick you up and take you by bus 3 hours up to Lee's Ferry. At Lee's Ferry you will meet your boat crew and begin your trip. When you reach Diamond Creek mid‐morning of the last day, we will transport you by bus back to Flagstaff. The return time is usually sometime between 3‐7 PM (September 3), but we do not guarantee the exact arrival time.





The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

TOPICS (order of educational lectures will be determined by the faculty dependent upon conditions and status of the group):Overview Desert Natural Hazards/Wilderness First Responder, Heat Related Illnesses/EAH, Drowning/Near Drowning/Immersion Cold Shock Syndrome, Venomous Animals, Back boarding/Log rolling, Wound Management, Desert Survival/Medical Kits, Heat and Hyponatremia, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Splinting, Field Water Purification, Grand Canyon Case Reports.

*CME Information:


This course is designed to educate participants in the pathophysiology, recognition and treatment of a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital or definitive care. Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in wilderness settings.
  • Demonstrate basic aspects of improvised care, rescue and evacuation.
  • Learn basic field skills enabling a physician to be more capable in a ssetting remote from definitive care. 

Target Audience:
Physicians and other Medical Care Providers who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend.  Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other Professionals:
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Academy of Wilderness Medicine:
Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM™) is designed for individuals who want to be acknowledged for their professional achievement in Wilderness Medicine and validate their training for their patients and clients.

FACULTY DISCLOSURE:  It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.





Sorry, NO refund is possible for this event. 


After you've registered, we'll need to get several things from you:

Use THIS LINK to upload required documents, or scan/email to, or fax to 801-990-4601.