Raft Guide Training Program

Raft Guide Training.

Arkansas River – Buena Vista, Colorado

River Runners offers an annual raft guide training in Buena Vista, Colorado for applicants who have no or little whitewater guiding experience. First-year river guides at our Buena Vista location guide class III rafting trips through Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River. This year’s raft guide training starts Monday, May 20, 2019 at our riverside location in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Raft guide training fee: $500

The raft guide training fee for accepted applicants is $500. This includes two weeks of formal training. Wetsuits, splash tops, booties and PFDs are provided during this time. Trainees must provide their own personal gear after two weeks and will be expected to log additional training miles for the remainder of the season. Meals are not included. Camping is available.

Raft guide qualifications in Colorado

At least 100 training hours and 200 river miles need to be logged before a qualification run can be attempted. This should take about three weeks. Trainees must successfully qualify to become an employee at River Runners. All commercial raft guides in Colorado are also required to have a current First Aid and CPR certification (online courses are not accepted). Required personal equipment includes a type III PFD, throw bag, flip line, helmet, whistle and river knife. Splash top, splash pants, polypro, fleece, neoprene socks and/or similar gear are highly recommended. Pro deals are available through River Runners upon your arrival.

Raft guide training is physically demanding

Raft guide training involves inherent risks and you must be willing to accept that risk. Training is physically demanding and involves long and sometimes cold days on the river. Swimming and swift water techniques will be practiced every day.

To apply
Submit your cover letter, résumé, and three references to

Please designate “Raft Guide Training” on your application.

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