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Raft Guide Training

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$ 450

Raft Guide Training

Raft Guide Training is often the first step for people who end up enjoying a lifelong passion for whitewater. Trainees who attend all required dates will be invited to continue their training into the spring, and begin the process towards potential employment.

  • Prior river experience is great but not required.
  • Scholarships available
  • Submit your application today and start rafting as soon as this weekend
  • Practice trips through the fall and winter!

Schedule for Spring 2023 Raft Guide training:

March 11-12 – Richmond
March 18-19 – Richmond
March 25-26 – Swiftwater Rescue Training (No make-up dates available)
April 1-2 – Richmond – Make-up or additional days

Trainees seeking employment post-training are required to attend 4 out of 6 dates.  Swiftwater Rescue training is mandatory.

Upon completion of training, employment is not guaranteed. It depends on your performance as well as interaction with your fellow guides. All employees must carry current CPR and First Aid certifications.

Why RVA Paddlesports?

Our trainers come with decades of experience on many rivers across the US and abroad.  When training with RVA Paddlesports you are not just learning the lines on the James, but skills that are transferable to a lifelong passion of river running.  We pride ourselves in preparing our guides to the highest industry standards and professionalism.  We have a fun work environment that promotes both constructive feedback and positivity to foster personal growth and a team mentality.

Additional information

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.

To apply, please fill out the Raft Guide Training Application, and send a cover letter to [email protected]. If you are an experienced guide, please include your river experience log.

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