• Season June

  • Trip Length 7-10 Days

  • Age 18+

$375-$449/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 22nd - May 21st 2017

Course Length: 5 weekend sessions, 8am - 6pm (Saturday & Sunday Only!)

Price: $449/person

During this 10-day, weekend only guide training course you will get hands on training on several rivers in Washington. The rivers we will train on include the Wenatchee, Sauk, and Skykomish.

2nd Option: June 12th - 18th 2017

Course Length: 7 days, 8am-6pm

Price: $375/person

This week-long river guide training course takes place mainly 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 as a guide

If you are new to the whitewater industry you will need to participate in a guide training course to become a river guide. If you have interest in working at Wildwater, we highly recommend attending one of our guide training courses to be considered for hire for the season. We prefer to hire guides that have taken our guide training course but completion of this course does not guarantee employment with Wildwater River Guides. There is more to being a professional guide than just river skills. Wildwater hires guides with strong leadership abilities, positive attitudes, and good work ethic, who also possess competent river skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all types of people. The state of Washington requires guides to be at least 18 years old, have completed a basic Swiftwater Rescue course, and be First Aid/CPR certified (certications are not required to participate in guide training). Contact us if you would like more information about employment.Employment with Wildwater

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 last all day. However, with so many great rivers, we reserve the right to move our training depending on flow and training objectives. Guide training is very popular and class size is limited so be sure to register early!

  • Wenatchee River
  • White Salmon River
  • Green River
  • Sauk River
  • Skykomish River

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