Raft Guide School

Are you looking to become a river guide?  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.more info

To become a river guide in the State of Colorado you must complete and or obtain:

-50hrs of “on-water training” with a certified guide instructor

-Pass a checkout run in a commercial environment

-current First Aid/CPR certifications

-Personal PPE; PFD, rescue throw bag, adequate footwear, thermal layers, raft flip recovery equipment, and river knife

Passing the state requirements does not automatically gain a student’s employment at 4 Corners Whitewater. The river can be a very unforgiving environment and it can take much more time on the water before we feel comfortable with students becoming employee guides.

Another major part of being a guide is how you interact with our costumers and other 4cw employees. We are looking for folks who are team players, friendly and competent.

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-Proper equipment selection, use/repair
-Clothing and personal gear selection, use and maintenance
-River features and hazards
-Scouting, portaging, lining and running rapids
-Paddleboat 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


-Rafts, paddles helmet
-Expert instruction
-wetsuits, watershoes, and pfd can be rented for the entire course


-Sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting wet
-Your paddling gear if you have it (wetsuit/drysuit, PFD, helmet, etc)
-Pen and notebook.