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Guide School

Southwest Raft & Jeep

Colorado Guide School - $325

Guide School – Join us May 11th – 18th, 2022 or June 6th – June 13th, 2022 for an adventurous and unforgettable summer working as a professional raft guide. Leave behind the daily grind of working inside and spend your time out on the river! It’s a great way to make quick cash (the tips are awesome), meet new people, and learn valuable leadership skills.

As part of of our team you will enjoy such perks as a flexible schedule, access to pro deals on a vast array of outdoor gear, company raft trips on a few rivers in the area, and use of company gear to help you enjoy your down time.

The course is 50 hours in length and conducted on the Class III Lower Animas River. The course is 7 days of training with Sunday, May 15th off. Please remember that if you are seeking employment as a raft guide, you need to show up every day with your game face on as guide school is one continuously long interview and assessment. All potential raft guides are responsible for completing a CPR/First Aid class on their own, preferably prior to guide school, but definitely before working as a guide.

During training you will be provided with a personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, wetsuit, splash gear, and all necessary river gear. You are responsible for all meals (although we usually have a cook-out for lunch twice during the week). You will need to bring a hat, sunscreen, your own water bottle, and a bathing suit to go under the wetsuit. Additional warm layers of clothing are recommended as we will be in cold water. Our day begins at 8 am and we usually finish between 5-6 pm.

Click on the orange BOOK NOW tab on the right side to reserve your spot today!

Please call us at 970-259-8313 if you have additional questions or send us an email at swrj1430@gmail.com

Colorado Advanced Guide School - $695

Advanced Guide School – Join us May 11th – 21st, 2022 This course includes everything above along with an additional three days of training to include Whitewater Rescue Course. The course is 10 days of training with Sunday, May 15th off.

The Advanced Raft Guide Course will be 10 days in length and includes 50 hours of River Guide training, followed by a 3 day Swiftwater / Floodwater Rescue Technician Course on May 19th – 21st.  Here is an outline of what to expect:

The first seven days of training will cover topics such as:  Rigging and guiding the raft, learning and teaching paddling skills, reading river currents, eddies, and waves, identifying river hazards and how to avoid them, scouting and running rapids, river rescue and emergency procedures, and more.  Expect to be in the water every day, for the vast majority of the day.  Your only day off during this period will be Sunday May 15th.

After your initial 50 hours of training, the Swiftwater / Floodwater Rescue Technician Course taught by the Whitewater Rescue Institute starts and runs thru Saturday afternoon. The Swiftwater / Floodwater Rescue Course can be taken as a stand alone course for $395.00.  Also, for this portion of the course, we highly recommend having a DRYSUIT!  We do not rent them, but will offer you a pro deal of 20% off.  We stock dry suits and other cold water gear from Level Six.

During the River Guide Course you will be provided with a personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, wetsuit, splash gear, and all necessary river gear. You are responsible for all meals (although we usually have a cook-out for lunch twice during the week). You will need to bring a hat, sunscreen, your own water bottle, and a bathing suit to go under the wetsuit. Additional warm layers of clothing are recommended as we will be in cold water. Our day begins at 8 am and we usually finish between 5-6 pm.

Click on the orange BOOK NOW tab on the right side to reserve your spot today!

Please call us at 970-259-8313 if you have additional questions or send us an email at swrj1430@gmail.com

Swiftwater/Floodwater Rescue Technician Course ONLY - $395

Swiftwater/Floodwater Rescue Technician Course ONLY – Join us May 19th – 21st, 2022

The Swiftwater / Floodwater Rescue Technician Course is a 3 day course taught by the Whitewater Rescue Institute. This course is for those who already have the basic guide school course and want to expand there skills and become swiftwater certified.

For this course, we highly recommend having a DRYSUIT!  We do not rent them, but will offer you a pro deal of 20% off.  We stock dry suits and other cold water gear from Level Six.

During the Swiftwater Course you will be provided with a personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, wetsuit, splash gear, and all necessary river gear. You are responsible for all meals (although we usually have a cook-out for lunch twice during the week). You will need to bring a hat, sunscreen, your own water bottle, and a bathing suit to go under the wetsuit. Additional warm layers of clothing are recommended as we will be in cold water. Our day begins at 8 am and we usually finish between 5-6 pm.

Click on the orange BOOK NOW tab on the right side to reserve your spot today!

Please call us at 970-259-8313 if you have additional questions or send us an email at swrj1430@gmail.com