River Raft Guide Training | 14 Day Course
DATES: MAY 10-23, 2018
Would you like to be able to confidently and safely guide a raft filled with excited paddlers through thrilling rapids on any river trip in the world? Does a summer job or life-long career in the whitewater paddling industry interest you? If so, Dvorak Expeditions (DVK) has an internationally recognized 14- day 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 rivers anywhere. As long as you have enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit, DVK 46 years of raft guide training is the place for you.
THIS COURSE IS INTENDED TO TRAIN THOSE PURSUING A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE CERTIFICATION FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
Dvorak Expeditions has been offering guide and private boater river training since 1969 as Colorado 1st licensed 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 Courses as an 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 selectionRafting Guide Training
Paddle 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
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
14-DAY NON-EMPLOYMENT RAFT GUIDE TRAINING
$1350 per person
14-DAY RAFT GUIDE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYMENT
$750 per person
Duration: 14 Days
Class II-IV Rapids
Activity Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 18
The closest airport is Denver International. Arrive the day prior to your trip. You will need to allow time for a 3-hour drive west on I-70 towards Dillon, CO. and then north from Dillon on Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Your river trip will begin just 12 miles southwest of Kremmling at river put-in site (Pumphouse) at 8:30 a.m. the day your trip begins.
Dvorak’s will make arrangements for your vehicle to be shuttled to the finish point through the Colorado Shuttle Service. The cost will vary with trip length. You should arrange to leave any personal luggage at your lodging or in your vehicle until the end of the trip. PLEASE CALL AND CONFIRM YOUR VEHICLE SHUTTLE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP.
You will need to arrive at the put-in by 8:30 a.m. the morning of your trip. Report to your Dvorak trip leader near the put-in or look for the Dvorak vehicle. The guides will assist you in packing your river gear into dry bags and issue any rented camping items for your packing as well. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO CONFIRM THOSE ITEMS FOR CAMPING 1 WEEK PRIOR TO THE TRIP MEETING. Alternatively, you can arrive at the put in the night before the trip begins and camp. Be aware that there are only primitive amenities at the campsites. We can arrange to have your vehicle shuttled to the take-out point. There is an additional charge for this shuttle service per vehicle, cost depends on the length of your trip. Any extra personal items should be stored in your vehicle unless you arrange to store items at other accommodation prior to your trip. Remember, “River Time” is unpredictable. This also allows time for a final evening spent with new river friends and crew.