So you want to become a Colorado raft guide. This course is physically demanding course, running class I through IV rivers. Requiring the ability to carry rafts, flip boats, swim in the river, and be generally active. Be honest with your physical assessment before joining a course like this. Though we will provide all necessary equipment including P.F.D.’s, helmets, paddles, etc. as well as provide transportation and take care of all shuttles; you will need to have personal boating gear (bring it with you and we will determine its suitability) and appropriate clothing. You will need quick-dry clothing, layers for warmth and footwear suitable for rafting (Chaco, TEVA, KEEN or similar wet shoes or booties). Food is not included in the course and a packed lunch will be necessary every day. Dry clothes for the end of the day is recommended. While completing our course does not guarantee employment, we base hiring on course performance and certifications. Our company’s goal is to provide the best in customer safety and an energetic personality – rafting is a service-oriented industry with people who love to perfect their skills and share what they know.
Aspects covered in the course:
- Learn how to guide a raft with clients (untrained rafters), gain an understanding of river dynamics, and practice river rescue procedures.
- Introduction to Equipment, Trips, Regulations & Company History – This day will consist of familiarizing ourselves with our equipment, reviewing the diverse river sections, State Requirements and Regulations and history of the RIGS operation.
- Boating on sections of the San Miguel, Uncompahgre, Gunnison Gorge, and Lower Gunnison River.*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access, and conditions.
- Advanced aspects of the course including Scouting Rapids, Boat Flip Exercises, SwimmingRapids, Throw Bags and Environmental Considerations.
- *FIRST-AID & CPR Course is a separate component of RIGS Guide Training Course. Current First-Aid / CPR is a requirement of the State of Colorado to operate as a commercial river guide. Course Cost: $100 – *Cost of Instruction may vary based on the instructor’s discretion. Independent Instructor: (Kevin Dunkak, CPR World)
- *Completion of this course does not guarantee that you will be qualified to guide a commercial raft trip. Further time on the water may be required for additional training, prior to completing a final “check-out” run with a certified Trip Leader. Check-Out run assignments will only be made available to those that have successfully completed the course and those committed to working a full commercial rafting season with RIGS. Students interested in employment at RIGS for a full season commitment may qualify for financial assistance, please inquire.