Raft Guide School

Are you looking to become a river guide ?  We are hiring for the 2018 season! Join 4 Corners expert instructors for a challenging and rewarding whitewater curriculum. This course will cover all  the topics and river miles needed for Colorado Raft Guide Certification.

To become a river guide in the State of Colorado you must have 50hrs of “on-water training” with a certified guide instructor and current First Aid/CPR certifications. All perspective employees will then need to complete a check out run with a guide instructor before becoming a state licensed river guide.

This year we are trying something different as to make the 50hrs of on water training more attainable and flexible. After the initial training weekend students will have the opportunity to tag along on our Lower Animas commercial trips that are scheduled throughout May. Just check in with us on the days that you have available so we can get your on-water hours complete. Once our guide school is up and running we will plan two dedicated guide school outing to the San Miguel River in Telluride and the Upper Animas.

 training modules

Initial training (days April 21-22)

  • This module will cover all the state requirements for raft guide certification
  • Proper equipment selection, use and repair.
  • Clothing and personal gear selection, use and maintenance.
  • River features and hazards.
  • Scouting, portaging, lining and running rapids.
  • Paddle boat technique.
  • Oar raft technique.
  • Leadership and guiding in a private or commercial environment.
  • River rescue and safety procedures.
  • Flip and swimmer recovery.
  • Minimizing outdoor recreation resource impacts.
  • Location rivers: Lower Animas in Durango

“On-water” Training (April 22-May 31)

  • Tag along on commercial trips at your convenience to attain your hours
  • Location rivers: Lower Animas, Upper Animas, San Miguel

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TOPICS

  • Proper equipment selection, use and repair.
  • Clothing and personal gear selection, use and maintenance.
  • River features and hazards.
  • Scouting, portaging, lining and running rapids.
  • Paddle boat technique.
  • Oar raft technique.
  • Leadership and guiding in a private or commercial environment.
  • River rescue and safety procedures.
  • Flip and swimmer recovery.
  • Minimizing outdoor recreation resource impacts.

WHAT IS PROVIDED?

  • Rafts, paddles, personal flotation device, helmet.
  • Wetsuit and paddle jacket  and water shoes
  • Expert instruction.
  • Transportation

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

    • Sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting wet.
    • Personal gear and clothing.
    • Your own paddling gear if you have it (wetsuit/drysuit, PFD, helmet, etc).
    • Pen and notebook.
    • Money for food
    • Sleeping bag and pad.
 

 

 

 

 

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