Whitewater guide school

Guide school students learn how to ford a river safely.

Redwoods and Rivers Rafting will be conducting a Whitewater Guide School March 15-20 on the Trinity River and tributaries.

This well-rounded program provides participants with the skills necessary to work as a professional river guide for commercial rafting outfitters or to safely guide their own private river trips. This will be the 26th consecutive year that Redwoods and Rivers has been providing whitewater guide training.  This school is recognized throughout the United States and parts of Asia as one of the foremost in training guides and is one of only a few accredited by a state university. Trainer is Michael Charlton.

Redwoods and 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 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, outdoor leadership skills, and outdoor cooking for groups. Teamwork and decision-making are constant themes throughout the school.

Fee is $780, which includes all meals, instruction manual, and equipment. There are a limited number of “work exchange” scholarships available to local youth, and low-income individuals. All ages are welcome in this class (Please know that you must be at least 18 to be a commercial guide).

This class is approved for 3 units of credit through Humboldt State University’s Office of Extended Education.  

To register or for inquiries call Redwoods and Rivers Rafting at 623-4627. Registration deadline is March 9.

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