River Guide Training Course F.A.Q.
Frequently Asked Questions Section
Q: If I complete this course will you give me a job?
A: Although there is no guarantee, we do hire new guides from this class. Your level of enthusiasm is the key factor.
Q: Do I need to have prior river experience?
A: No. That's what this class is for.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: Yes. Just ask.
Q: Do I need to have any special gear?
A: Appropriate cold weather paddling gear is best, but not required. You will need to be able to keep yourself warm while we are on the river, rain or shine (and sometimes it's really cold). A wet suite or dry suite is ideal, or at least be prepared with a rain jacket and rain pants as well as quick dry clothes and a change of clothes. We will provide a PFD, paddle, raft and instruction during the class. Later, in order to work as a licensed river guide, you will need to obtain some of your own gear, including PFD, throw bag, dry bag, knife, whistle and first aid kit. We will set you up with a Pro account from major gear suppliers, so you can order these items at the Pro discounted rates.
Q: Can I use my new guide license to get jobs on bigger rivers or in other states?
A: Yes. The Whitewater River Crew Permit or Captain's License that you can obtain from Utah State Parks at the end of this course is required to work carrying passengers for hire on any river in the state of Utah. Other states that have the same requirements as Utah will honor your Utah guide license. Companies that run big rivers and multi-day drips will have more extensive requiremets, such as a 5-day Wilderness First Aid class, and you will have to gain experience with them running those big rivers. But you'll already have your guide license and some experience to be able to get your foot in their door!