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: Mach 21, 22, 28, 29, April 4, 5, 11, 12th
Sierra Rescue River Rescue Certification is taught on April 11th, 12th.
All training sessions are mandatory for those seeking employment.
Spring Guide Training
Spring Training is a test of both physical and mental components when it comes to guiding rafts. The water is cold and river levels are often higher. While guides may find this to be easier in a less technical environment it can be mentally taxing if participants have not been put out of their comfort zone in other aspects of the outdoors.
We have a top notch team of trainers with decades of experience guiding on the James River and elsewhere. They are eager to share their experiences and help coach those who are interested. We are also fortunate to partner with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program to offer some days of large group outtings.
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 February 15th. 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.