Whitewater Guide School (ages 16+)
2020 Guide School Dates to Be Announced
For Aspiring Commercial Guides and Private Boaters
Read our Blog on 5 reasons to become a class III raft Guide
River Runners white water guide school is great for aspiring commercial guides and private boaters.
Maybe you have never boated before. That's okay. You will still get to sit at the back of your boat with a paddle in hand, screaming commands at the other students. Things will seem crazy. Impossible. Really scary. And then...you will be at the bottom of a class three rapid having successfully guided your way there.
Maybe you already have some boating experience and want to hone your whitewater skills. That is great too! Our instructors recognize that everyone comes to guide school with different levels of experience. We can accommodate the needs of every student.
7 days of whitewater boating instruction
Equipment (life jacket, safety equipment etc)
Camping 7 nights
Breakfasts and dinners are self supported: bring your camp stove and a cooler etc. There are stores 20 minutes away if you need supplies.
What You Will Learn at Whitewater Guide School
This seven day whitewater guide school is an introduction to whitewater boating. During the course you will be given the opportunity to learn the following skills;
Ability to paddle guide the South Fork of the American River
Basic swiftwater rescue techniques
Basic concepts of hydrology
Basic knowledge of the river environment
How to adequately prepare equipment for a river trip
How to manage the basic logistics of a river trip
Basics of what it takes to be a professional river guide
Students often excel in some areas and struggle in others but this should not discourage you. This school will be taught in an inclusive manner so all students will be encouraged to excel and challenge themselves no matter where they are in their learning process. Whitewater rafting is a challenging activity and requires consistent practice. Guide school is not the end of learning. It is just the beginning!
About the Facilitators
Sample of Daily Schedule
8:00 am Class starts
1:00 pm Lunch
6:00 pm Debrief
6:30 Class finsishes
Whitewater Guide School Graduation
Sometimes guide school students looking to become professional river guides are hired by River Runners but completing the guide school by itself is no guarantee that you will be offered employment. In addition referrals to other companies in the area for paid employment as a river guide can be made by your instructor if they feel confident in your skill level
Frequently asked questions:
What is the class size?
We run the class if no less than 4 students sign up. There will be one instructor per 6 students.
Will I get to guide the boat?
Yes. All students will have the opportunity to navigate the river
Will I learn to row?
Not necessarily. This class is primarily focused on paddle guiding an inflatable raft. If you are interested in learning to row please call us to discuss the possibility.
Does River Runners provide me with cold weather gear?
No. If you are worried about being cold and you own a wet suit, bring it along. If you don't own one we can arrange a rental for you.
Does River Runners provide me with equipment for rafting?
Yes. We will provide you with a life jacket (PFD) and other necessary equipment.
Does River Runners provide me with a tent, pad and sleeping bag for camping?
No. You should bring these things with you.
If you have any other questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530 622 5110