2019 Whitewater Raft Guide Training Course
Raft Guide Training begins May 13, 2019
Raft Guide Training!
Acquire the skills necessary to successfully navigate a raft full of passengers through exciting class IV whitewater and get paid to do it! No whitewater experience is necessary as we will teach you commercial river guiding from the ground up. We will equip you with experience, knowledge, and official certification to begin working as a professional whitewater river guide anywhere in the state of Colorado! Although we are happy to train individuals who have no intention of employment, this course is designed for those who will begin employment with Liquid Descent once the training is finished.
What should I expect in guide training with Liquid Descent
At Liquid Descent, our guide training program is designed for those who intend to work as guides at Liquid Descent. The state of Colorado requires 50 hours of on river training to be a certified river guide. However, we require at least 100 hours of on river training in addition to pool sessions and classroom lessons. We intend to hire every guide we train but participation in guide training does not guarantee employment. Trainees must demonstrate the necessary skills to be a competent river guide before beginning employment. We make sure all trainees are given every opportunity to succeed. River guiding is a skill and we understand individuals acquire skills at different speeds. Our trainers are willing to do whatever it takes to assist you achieving your whitewater goals. Whether that is extra coaching one on one or after hours training sessions, we are here for you to help you succeed! We will start the morning of May 14th and train Monday through Friday through the first week in June. Weekends will also be available for those who wish to fire it up and finish the training quicker. Typically, trainees complete the training and are ready to begin work during the first week of June.
Training is rigorous and physically challenging. We expect our guides to have the knowledge and experience as well as the physical conditioning and ability to be true professionals. On river training will take place at a variety of locations including the Colorado River and Clear Creek. We will also spend time in the pool and the classroom learning about the many aspects of running rivers including but not limited to:
- Anatomy and characteristics of rivers “River Sense” . Reading whitewater, recognizing hazards, characteristics, currents, eddies, rapids etc.
- Rope work – Knots, mechanical advantage, rescue systems, benefits and hazards
- Equipment – Proper use, maintenance, and rigging of paddles, boats, and gear
- Strokes & Commands – The techniques, uses and effectiveness of all the strokes and commands you would utilize as a commercial river guide.
- Rescue – Self rescue, rescuing from shore, rescuing from other boats, throw bags, technical rope systems, multiple scenarios
- Safety – Safety is a game of inches, and we will show you how to think critically and mitigate as much risk as possible. Many mistakes in safety are made before the raft ever leaves the shore. We will teach you how to view commercial rafting trips through a very focused lens and learn to identify and mitigate hazards that others may miss.
- Expression – River guiding is a form of expression just like painting, snowboarding, and playing guitar. Remember, as a guide you are a performer and entertainer to your guests. Getting customers down the river is just one aspect of the river trip, style points matter as guides receive gratuity. We will teach you the non river aspects of guiding: public speaking, personality, humor, and confidence.
- Guiding – having the technical ability to navigate rivers is the most important aspect of being a guide. We teach you all the tips and tricks we’ve learned through years of commercial guiding. Angles, commands, customer placement, boat selection, and pod integrity. Importantly, we will teach you how to mold your inexperienced customers into a powerful paddling raft engine!
Why should I train to be a guide with Liquid Descent
The individuals who instruct the course are some of the most experienced guides is the state of Colorado. All instructors have thousands of river miles and have rafted rivers all over the world. They are also hilarious and fun to be around! Yes, the training program is challenging but it is super fun! The camaraderie and bonding you will experience with your fellow trainees and the LD crew is unparalleled. Great times and great people.
The majority of Trips that Liquid Descent provides are aggressive and adventurous in nature.This training course is designed to prepare you for that. We run some of the most exciting commercial sections in the country including Gore Canyon. As a trainee and first year guide, you will get to experience all of it.
Cost of the training program is $450.00 This includes every aspect of training and all the river gear you will need. Trainees will be allowed to camp during training. Trainees who become employees will have 1/2 of their training fee returned upon completion of the 1st season of employment and the rest refunded upon completion of their 2nd season. CPR and first Aid certifications are required before employment can begin. Training begins May 14th, 2018 at 9am at our shop in Idaho Springs, CO. River guiding is one of the most exciting and rewarding occupations available. We are looking for active folks who are motivated and have adventurous spirits. If thats describes you than come and experience the summer of a lifetime!
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