Raft Guide Training

Quick Details

Learn to Be a Raft Guide

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 for 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.

To apply please fill out the guide Guide Training Application or send a resume/cover letter to [email protected].

Skills & Topics Covered

  • Hydrology
  • River Hazards
  • Aggressive & Defensive Swimming
  • Basic Knots
  • Throw Bag Rescues
  • Strokes & Commands
  • Rapid Navigation
  • Raft Rigging
  • Raft & Gear Care

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 outings.

If you’re interested in joining our team after completing the course. Fill out an application on our jobs board.