Note: Starting 10/30 we are making some adjustments to our payment system. We will not be taking online reservations or guide school signups on the website during the transition period. Please call us at 541-822-8288 to make a reservation.

Private River Guide Training

Private River Guide Training

Price: Call to reserve.

541-822-8288 or 1-888-461-RAFT

Have you ever wanted to be a river guide, experience river guiding, wanted to be able to get to those desirable fishing holes or fine tune some of your river guiding skills, but never found the time or where unable to take a week-long guide program?

This “one on one” program is specifically designed for outdoor enthusiasts with a busy schedule, for those looking for private lessons & river folks wanting to hone in on specific skill sets.

This river training course covers and exposes you to the primary fundamentals necessary to ensure safe and exciting river running. There is a lot more to being a safe, responsible and proactive boater than knowing how to basically maneuver a river craft.

This course is taught by senior High Country river guide/instructors. With this in mind private river guide training is only available during none peak season dates, September through May.

Our course philosophy is to expose one to as many hands-on river scenarios as possible.

People retain 20% of what they hear,
50% of what they write
& 80% of what they do!


Depending on what your goal is you will be exposed and have the opportunity to learn some or most of the following:

River running
  • Whitewater river Navigation
  • Oar & paddleboat techniques
  • Route selection
  • Foresight, proactive and aversive boating techniques
  • Hydraulics & reading water
  • Strategies (momentum, ferry angles…)
  • River etiquette
  • Paddle & Oar boat safety talk reviews
River rescue & safety
  • Swimming in whitewater
  • Ropes, knots, slings, and anchors
  • Dealing with flips
  • Dealing with wraps
  • Basic "Z" rigs
  • Swift water crossings
  • Throw bag rescues
  • Strainers
  • Hand signals
  • Foot entrapments
  • Dealing with an accident
  • Evacuation strategies and planning
  • Load Placement Strategies
  • Rigging frames
  • Gear rigging strategies
  • Proper Care of Gear
  • Boat patching - valve repair, jammed valves
To name a few.

This is a very unique opportunity for anyone wanting the utmost attention and exposure to this wonderfully spiritual world of river running.

Please contact us and let us create a course designed specifically to your needs and desires. Whether you are looking for a one day private river experience or a custom course that can stretch out over a season.

We look forward in sharing a wonderful, exciting and educational river experience with you on the river.

Deposits, Payment Methods & Confirmation:

A 50% deposit or credit card is required to secure a reservation. For groups of 8 or more payment is due in full 7 days prior to your trip. After making your reservation, confirmation will be sent out with any additional information you may request. Last minute inquiries are welcome, please give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you! We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Cancellations for river trips:

You may cancel your trip 30 days prior to the trip date for a full refund. Cancellations made 29 to 3 days prior to your scheduled trip will result in a $25.00 reservation fee, and a $100.00 per person fee for extended excursions. The balance will promptly be credited back to your credit card. Or, if you would like to reschedule your trip for later in the season, we will work with you to do this and apply the deposit amount to your new trip. We do not offer any refunds after your trip has been rescheduled. Sorry, but no refunds for cancellations made 48 hours or less from the trip date. If you schedule a trip for a group of 20 or more, you may finalize the number of people in your group a week before your trip without penalty. As always, we want to make sure you are happy, and will always work with you to achieve this.

Non-Performance:

We reserve the right to cancel any excursions due to unsafe water conditions, poor weather, and other circumstances beyond our control. If a trip is cancelled, you may choose to reschedule or we will promptly refund your deposit/payment in full.

Cancellation for schools: You may cancel your enrollment 14 days prior to the date for a full refund with a $50.00 filling and holding fee. Cancellations made 13 to 6 days prior to your scheduled trip will result in a none refund of deposit, any balance will be returned promptly. Sorry, but no refunds for cancellations made within five days of the start of the course.


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