Redwoods & Rivers Rafting will be conducting a Whitewater Guide School Aug. 8-13 on the Trinity River.

This program teaches participants the skills necessary to safely guide their own river trips or to obtain work as a commercial river guide. This is the 27th year that Redwoods & Rivers has been providing Whitewater Guide training. This school has become recognized throughout the United States and parts of Asia and South America as one of the foremost in training guides and is one of only a few that is accredited by a state university.

Redwoods & Rivers’ Guide School is a non-competitive course designed for anyone wishing to learn the skills of guiding rivers safely. This six-day class is a great opportunity to acquire new skills and build confidence on the river in a supportive, constructive environment.  

The Redwoods & Rivers’ Guide School is a combination of lectures and on-the-water training. Emphasis is on gaining experience though practice. Skills covered include river safety, river anatomy, hydrology, boat control, and swift water rescue techniques. Other subjects covered are natural and cultural history, leave no trace camping, and outdoor leadership skills. Teamwork and decision-making are constant themes throughout the school.

The Redwoods & Rivers Guide School is the only river guide school accredited by a state university, successful graduates of the class can receive 3 units of credit from Humboldt State University Office of Extended Education. Graduates from the Redwoods & Rivers school have worked as far away as Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Nepal, China, Nicaragua and several other countries as well as throughout the United States, particularly California, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho.

All of the local Trinity rafting companies, Trinity River Rafting, Big Foot Rafting and 6-Rivers Rafting, have Redwoods & Rivers trained guides working on their crews, and there is more than one fishing guide working on the Trinity who have attended the school to gain and improve their river skills.

There are a limited number of work exchange scholarships available for low income individuals.

To register or for inquiries call Redwoods & Rivers Rafting at 623-4627. Registration deadline is Aug. 1. Fee for the class is $850.

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