White Water Raft Guide Training (Employment & Internship)

Our instructional paddle school is for kayaking, rafting and fishing, the Swift water Rescue courses and Guide Training programs are among the best in the USA. We are recognized and well respected and want our guides to know that they will receive an excellent, professional training. We will hire skilled guides but require an orientation course and probationary period prior to full-time employment. You, as a Dvorak guide will be part of a team offering quality service to the public. You are a major key to our success and growth.

You need to understand that as we sell a service, and quality delivery of that service is essential. We guarantee your excellence for our clients through our training and orientation programs. One of the DVK employee’s foremost tasks as a field guide is the “knowledge and skills” that provides a safe, skilled and knowledgeable level of expertise as a river guide. You as one of our guides is our most effective representative because you meet the people directly. In past years we have found that when people think of Dvorak Expedition they recall the skilled and personable boatmen/women who guided and cared for them on the river; yet, they consider the company totally responsible for that experience.

Since 1969 DVK’s success and good reputation are therefore achieved by the quality of your actions and demonstration of your skills in a professional manner. We ask that you always keep that in mind. Repeat customers make up about 65% of our clients. The cost to bring back a client is minimal compared to the thousands of dollars spent to find them originally. Your impression on the guests will carry a long way in the marketing of a successful season. Our responsibility is to provide you with the best training available to give you the tools for success.

Hiring is done on the basis of maturity, leadership qualities, “people” and boating skills as well as a compatible personality. State law also requires that you be 18 years of age and have current first aid* (advanced in Utah) and CPR certification cards valid through the length of the season (March through September).  We will include whitewater rescue training certification for first year guides and interns.  Advanced training is available for any new employees coming in with certification in swift water rescue. Rescue 3 International certifications


Rescue Course

 Rescue 3 International Certified Courses, Dvorak Expeditions – Bill Dvorak (Instructor)

Private Boaters Still Need To Learn Skills & Be Safe!

For those white water paddlers who aspire to a career or even just a summer job as a whitewater or fishing guide, we have a training programs to help you learn the technical skills, strokes and maneuvers you will need to learn how to guide yourself and others through the rapids. This is a unique and exhilarating way of learning a completely new way of experiencing the water if you are a committed paddler, regardless of age or previous level of boating.

Dvorak Expeditions Internship Program

Dvorak Expeditions; Est. 1969 is a whitewater rafting, kayak & fishing company is seeking  qualified university students looking for practical office,  marketing and guiding experience 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 confidently be able to describe themselves as a self-starter who knows how to take the initiative with various projects. Ideally, the interns will have room and board provided and the start date will require  a minimum of 12 weeks.

At the main base for Dvorak Expeditions we are prepared to supply housing & board during the season after the main whitewater guide course in May.  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 [email protected] . Questions about this program should be sent via email, as opposed to calling. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

* Equipment selection
* 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).



  1. Current First-aid/ CPR or greater certification
  2. Application / Resume
  3. River experience log (if applicable)
  4. Letters of reference (2)
  5. Included in training: Whitewater Rescue Technician Certification or equivalent.
  6. Interview with Operations manager(s) 719 539-6851 Dvorak Expeditions
  7. Minimum age 18 years

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