Take our two-day Sierra Rescue River Rescue certification course to learn everyday safety skills as well as how to handle rescue situations effectively.
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Raft Guide Training
RVA Paddlesports’s Raft Guide Training is required for candidates interested in employment as a Raft Guide. Trainees should be open to working outside in a challenging and unique environment requiring both solid physical and interpersonal skills. Raft Guide Training is often the first step for people who end up enjoying a life long passion of whitewater. Trainees who attend all dates will be invited to continue their training throughout the winter and spring, with weekly practice trips down the river.
The Schedule for this Fall’s Raft Guide training is as follows:
September 18th & 19th – Richmond
September 25th & 26th (optional) – Out of town training *not included in training fee
October 2nd & 3rd – Richmond
October 9th & 10th – Swift Water Rescue in Richmond
To apply, please fill out the Raft Guide Training Application, and send both the application and a cover letter to [email protected]. If you are an experienced guide, please include your river experience log. Additional information on specific qualifications and expectations can be found on our employment page. Training is open to applicants ages 16 and up. Completion of Raft Guide Training and the accompanying Sierra Rescue River Rescue Certification is required for employment as a Raft Guide.
Raft guiding is a fun and rewarding experience! Above all else, it requires a passion for the outdoors and dedication to the involvement and enjoyment of others. First season guides will be expected to complete a rigorous and physically demanding training program, every day of which must be attended. Trainees will be taught basic paddling techniques, how to instruct paddling clients, how to read water, and given tools to react in various emergency situations. It requires the ability to lift and/or carry at least 60 lbs (rafts, bags of gear, water coolers, etc). Guides are expected to follow a pre and post trip checklist, follow the instructions of a Trip Leader, and maintain a friendly and cheerful disposition towards customers and coworkers throughout the trip.
Upon completion of training, employment is not guaranteed. It depends on your performance as well as interaction with your fellow guides. Before employment you must also provide proof of CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications.
See You On The River!
Hydrology, River Hazards, Aggressive & Defensive Swimming, Basic Knots, Throw Bag Rescues, Strokes & Commands, Rapid Navigation, Raft Rigging, Raft & Gear Care
Towel, change of clothes, camera, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, river footwear, light jacket/long-sleeve shirt, drysuit (colder water temps), fleece jacket (colder water temps), splash top (colder water temps), sunscreen, water bottle, bag lunch, mask/PPE
Raft, paddles, helmets, PFDs, safety equipment, shuttle, instructors, CPR & SWR Certifications