• Season April - May & June

  • Trip Length 7-8 Days

  • Age 18+

$375/Person Book Training Now

Trip Info

Wildwater River Guides offers professional training that will prepare you to be a whitewater raft guide in Washington and beyond. This is a hands-on, comprehensive course designed to prepare people looking for employment in the whitewater industry or interested in learning how to guide from industry experts.

1st Option: April 27th - May 19th 2019

Course Length: 4 weekend sessions, 8am - 6pm (Saturday & Sunday Only!)

During this 8-day, weekend only, guide training course you will get hands on training on several rivers in Washington. The rivers we may use for training include the Wenatchee, Sauk, Green and Skykomish.

2nd Option: June 10th - 16th 2019

Course Length: 7 days, 8am-6pm


This week-long river guide training course takes place on the Wenatchee river near Leavenworth.

You Will Learn About

  • Reading water
  • Raft paddle strokes
  • Raft rowing techniques
  • River signals
  • Boat control
  • Commanding a crew
  • Basic rescue skills
  • How to properly rig a boat
  • Proper maintenance and inspection of equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Flipped Rafts

Our primary goal is to ensure that you have learned the specialized skills and developed the confidence necessary to guide a raft through technical whitewater. Our instructors will work hard to make sure that all of your river experiences are fun and exciting. We keep guide-to-participant ratios low to ensure proper instruction and ample hands-on opportunities. No previous experience is necessary, so this training is a great chance for Leavenworth, Everett, Spokane and Seattle river rafting enthusiasts to become professional guides.

Employment with Wildwater

Participation in this course does not guarantee employment with Wildwater but preference during the hiring process will go to those that have completed our guide training course. We strongly feel that there is more to being a professional guide than just on-river ability. Throughout the training course individuals seeking employment will be evaluated on the following: rivers skills, work ethic, attitude and communication skills. The state of Washington requires guides to be at least 18 years old and have a First Aid/CPR certificatiion (certications are not required to participate in guide training).

Each year we offer free training to a limited number of people interested in guiding for the season. Please contact us for more information on how to apply for free training.

To view available positions visit: Employment with Wildwater

*Experienced guides looking for employment with Wildwater should submit a resume and river log.

What to Expect

No previous experience required, but you must be in good physical condition because our training sessions take place on a river and can last all day. However, with so many great rivers, we reserve the right to move our training location depending on flow and training objectives. Guide training is very popular and class size is limited so be sure to register early!

We Provide

  • Farmer-John style neoprene wetsuit
  • Booties
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle

You may use your own river gear if appropriate.

You're Responsible for

  • Transportation: to and from the meeting location on training days
  • Accommodations: motels and campgrounds available near each site
  • Lunch and/or snacks each day
  • Water or any non-alcoholic beverages you may need

Have Questions?

View our FAQs or contact us. We would be happy to discuss any question you have.

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Participant Agreement Form

We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!

Participant Agreement Form