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Guide Training

Cañon City — Apply Now

Do you want to be a whitewater raft guide in Colorado? Learn to guide class III rapids in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and work at River Runners Royal Gorge near Cañon City, Colorado. Raft guide training starts Monday, May 20, 2024, at River Runners Browns Canyon near Buena Vista, Colorado.

$300 raft guide training fee – Get back for a complete season

The raft guide training fee is $300, which includes two weeks of formal training. Participants are provided wetsuits, splash tops, booties, and personal flotation devices during training, but must have their own personal gear prior to guiding commercially. Camping is available. Meals are not included.

Colorado raft guide qualifications

A qualification run can be attempted after trainees log a minimum of 100 hours and 200 miles on the river. This takes at least three weeks. You need a current First Aid and CPR certification by an accredited institution (online courses are not accepted) to qualify. Required personal equipment includes a type III PFD, throw bag, flip line, helmet, whistle, and river knife. A splash top, splash pants, polypro, fleece, neoprene socks, and/or similar gear are also recommended. Pro deals are available through River Runners upon your arrival.

Raft guide training is demanding and rewarding

The River Runners Guide Training Program is physically demanding and requires long and sometimes cold days on the river. You must be a strong swimmer because swift water rescue techniques will be practiced every day. You will also learn a life-long skill and meet life-long friends.

To apply:

Submit your cover letter, résumé, and three references to 
Please designate “Raft guide training – Royal Gorge, Colorado” in your application3

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