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Guide School Scholarships


Do you want to get paid to play in the outdoors? Raft guiding allows you to work outside, making it a great summer job for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, many professional river guides started their whitewater career as a summer job while attending classes during the rest of the year. Prior to guiding rivers in Washington, one must complete a certified raft guide training course. Wildwater offers a 7-day guide training course on the Wenatchee River that prepares you to be a commercial river guide. No previous experience is necessary, but we highly recommend that you are in good physical condition, as this hands-on training course takes place on the river and can last from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Although we run rivers all over Washington, our base is located in the Wenatchee Valley. This year Wildwater is offering a few scholarships to local college students and recent high school graduates. Recipients of our scholarship will receive a $375 guide training course at no cost. To learn more about becoming a guide at Wildwater check out our guide training page at

If you are interested in applying for our scholarship please send a resume and cover letter to, detailing why you want to be a river guide at Wildwater.

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This is my third time using Wildwater River Guides and I continue to have great experiences each time. Spencer was our guide down the White Salmon and we're planning on booking a couple more trips and requesting him specifically. If you're new to rafting or looking to try a new guided tour, I highly recommend Spencer and the team over at Wildwater River Guides.

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