Wildwater's Guide School offers professional training that will prepare you to be a whitewater raft guide in Washington and beyond. This is a hands-on, comprehensive course designed to prepare people looking for employment in the whitewater industry or interested in learning how to guide from industry experts.
SPRING COURSE: MAY 1ST, 2ND, 8TH & 9TH, 2021
COURSE LENGTH: 2 WEEKEND SESSIONS, 8 AM - 5 PM (SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY!)
During this 4-day, weekend only, guide training course you will get hands-on training on the Wenatchee River located near Leavenworth
*Participants seeking employment will need to complete additional hours of training (May 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd) in order to meet Washington State Guide Requirements. We will provide the additional training at no additional cost. Those that work 10 or more trips in their first season will receive a 100% refund for the cost of training.
SUMMER COURSE: MAY 31ST - JUNE 3RD, 2021
COURSE LENGTH: 4 DAYS, 8 AM-6 PM
This Monday through Thursday river guide training course takes place on the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth
*Participants seeking employment will need to complete additional hours of training (June 4th, 5th, 6th) in order to meet Washington State Guide Requirements. We will provide the additional training at no additional cost. Those that work 10 or more trips in their first season will receive a 100% refund for the cost of training.
YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT
- READING WATER
- RAFT PADDLE STROKES
- RAFT ROWING TECHNIQUES
- RIVER SIGNALS
- BOAT CONTROL
- COMMANDING A CREW
- BASIC RESCUE SKILLS
- HOW TO PROPERLY RIG A BOAT
- PROPER MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF EQUIPMENT
- EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
- FLIPPED RAFTS
Our primary goal is to ensure that you have learned the specialized skills and developed the confidence necessary to guide a raft through technical whitewater. Our instructors will work hard to make sure that all of your river experiences are fun and exciting. We keep guide-to-participant ratios low to ensure proper instruction and ample hands-on opportunities. No previous experience is necessary, so this training is a great chance for Leavenworth, Everett, Spokane, and Seattle river rafting enthusiasts to become professional guides.
EMPLOYMENT WITH WILDWATER
Participation in this course does not guarantee employment with Wildwater but preference during the hiring process will go to those that have completed our guide training course. We strongly feel that there is more to being a professional guide than just on-river ability. Throughout the training course, individuals seeking employment will be evaluated on the following: rivers skills, work ethic, attitude, and communication skills. The state of Washington requires guides to be at least 18 years old, have a First Aid/CPR certification (certifications are not required to participate in guide training), and complete a minimum of 50 hours of training.
The cost of this course is 100% refundable if you work 10 commercial trips in your first season.
Each year we offer free training to a limited number of people interested in guiding for the season. Please contact us for more information on how to apply for free training.
To view available positions visit: Employment with Wildwater
*Experienced guides looking for employment with Wildwater should submit a resume and river log.
WHAT TO EXPECT
No previous experience required, but you must be in good physical condition because our guide school is a hands-on learning experience that can last all day. Strong swimming ability is recommended, but not required to participate. Our Guide School is very popular and class size is limited so be sure to register early!
- Farmer-John style neoprene wetsuit
- PFD (personal floatation device)
You may use your own river gear if appropriate.
YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR
- Transportation: to and from the meeting location on training days
- Accommodations: motels and campgrounds available near each site
- Lunch and/or snacks each day
- Water or any non-alcoholic beverages you may need
View our FAQs or contact us. We would be happy to discuss any questions you have.
Participant Agreement Form
We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!