Raft Guide Training


Colorado River Trips

Would you like to be able to confidently and safely guide a raft filled with excited paddlers through thrilling rapids on Colorado river trips? Does a summer job or life-long career in the whitewater paddling industry interest you? If so, Dvorak Expeditions (DVK) has an internationally recognized raft guide training program to help you learn the technical skills, strokes and maneuvers needed to become a proficient whitewater rafting guide. If you are already a committed paddler, our training program offers a unique and exhilarating way to learn new skills and experience the water from an entirely different perspective. If you have an interest in boating, but lack prior knowledge or background in whitewater, then this program will provide the tools and training you need to become a competent, qualified, and versatile raft guide on Colorado river trips. As long as you have enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit, DVK river training is the place for you.


Dvorak Expeditions, Est. 1969, is a whitewater rafting, kayak & fishing company that is seeking qualified university students looking for practical office, marketing and guiding experience on Colorado river trips with a leading outfitter. Candidates for an internship in these fields with DVK must submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in this position, as well as personal and employer references.

The persons qualifying for these internships should have superior academic work habits, strong written and verbal communication skills, and describe themselves as a self-starter who knows how to demonstrate initiative with various projects. Ideally, the interns will have room and board provided and the program will require a minimum of a 12 week commitment.

DVK is prepared to supply housing, attendance to our whitewater guide course in May, Colorado river trips, and other attractive benefits, as well as excellent real-world experience in the whitewater outfitting industry. The internships will offer practical experience in a variety of administrative functions including: general office duties, writing, research & analysis, online marketing, blogging & social media, sustainability practices and special events planning. DVK is qualified to work with a candidate’s academic institution to facilitate work/study credit.

The internships are open to all majors, especially those with a concentration in tourism management, recreation & leisure studies, communications, marketing, sustainability and outdoor education. Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter by email to info@dvorakexpeditions.com . Questions about this program should be sent via email, as opposed to calling. We look forward to hearing from you!

Training Courses for Employment or Non-employment:

  • Book 14 Day: Raft Guide Training, Open to Non Employees

  • Book 16 Day: Raft Guide and OrientationDvorak Expeditions Guides


Check out our Certified Rescue 3  Swiftwater Rescue Courses and Technical Rope Courses.

Dvorak Expeditions has been offering guide and private boater river training for longer than any other Colorado outfitter. If you would like to set yourself a step, page, or bend in the river ahead of all the rest, then DVK river training is what you need. Learn from experienced multifaceted guides and instructors (including Bill Dvorak, consummate Rescue 3 instructor). DVK includes a top-level intro to Swift Water Rescue Course (SRT1) option to every trainee. We also teach valuable camping skills and outdoor cooking on our guide-training course. Come learn how the pros do it, from a company that helped shape the wilderness survival guidelines and techniques for both NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and Outward Bound programs when they were in their infancy.

The basic instructional areas within our guide training and instruction include:

  • Equipment selection
  • Guide Training Row RaftPaddle boat and oar boat (rigging, control, recovery)
  • Maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Reading river flows, lines
  • Scouting and running rapids
  • Rescue and evacuation techniques
  • Minimum impact camping

Specific white water skills you will be taught include:

  • Basic and more technical whitewater strokes
  • Ferrying
  • Eddy turns
  • River hydrology
  • River etiquette

Class Levels:

  • Beginner/Intermediate (River Class II-III),
  •  Intermediate/Advanced (River Class III-V).

JOB APPLICATION REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT:  Submit application / resume for review / interview with DVK