RVA Paddlesports will be hosting a raft guide training for candidates interested in summer employment as a river 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, equipment and shuttles provided by RVAPS.
Skills & Topics Covered
Aggressive & Defensive Swimming
Throw Bag Rescues
Strokes & Commands
Raft & Gear Care
4 Weekends: September 14,15, 21,22, 28,29 October 5,6
Sierra Rescue River Rescue Certification is taught on October 5,6.
All training sessions are mandatory for those seeking employment.
Fall Guide Training
Fall training offers a unique training opportunity for potential staff with warmer temperatures and warmer water than spring training. Fall trainees also get to practice all winter with our weekly staff outings on the river. In summer 2019 more than 300 clients went down the river with guides trained in Fall of 2018.
Applicants should be in strong physical condition able to swim aggressively for 50 yards and lift 50 lbs in moving rafts and equipment.
To apply please fill out the guide Guide_Training_Application or send a resume/cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by September 2nd. Training is open to applicants ages 16 and up.
We will be contacting potential candidates for an interviews and will notify everyone who will be invited to training by September 5th.
Cost: $150 for selected trainees – Covers SWR course, all gear use, and shuttles during and post training for potential guides.