River Guide School

The annual River Guide School conducted by Redwoods & Rivers Rafting will take place March 14-19 on the Trinity River and some of its tributaries.

Redwoods & Rivers Rafting will be conducting a River Guide School March 14-19 on the Trinity River and some of its tributaries.

This well-rounded program provides participants with the skills necessary to safely guide private river trips or to obtain work as a professional river guide.

This is the 27th year Redwoods & Rivers has been providing River Guide training. This school is recognized throughout the United States as one of the foremost in training guides and is the only one 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.

There are a limited number of work exchange opportunities for low-income individuals who cannot afford to pay full tuition. This program allows for participants to pay half the cost of the school and work off the other half.

Job placement assistance is available to successful graduates. 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 & Rivers Rafting at 623-4627. Registration deadline is Feb. 28.

Trainer is Michael Charlton.

Fee is $850.

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