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 and your physical ability are some of the key factors in being offered a job at the end of the course.
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.
*After the course, 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, tie-down strap, and first aid kit. We will set you up with a professional guide 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!
Q: I want to learn to guide, but I'm not sure if I will like guiding professionally. Should I still take this course?
A: This program is the perfect place to gain knowledge and experience in safely navigating a raft down the Weber River. Some people want to learn for personal reasons, so they can take their family and friends rafting, with no intention of getting a guide license. That's ok.
Q: How old do you have to be to river guide?
A: You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain your river guide permit and work as a professional river guide. If you are 17 years of age, and will be turning 18 during the summer of 2019, then you may take this course. But you may not apply for your guide license until your 18th birthday.
Q: How old is too old to river guide?
A: There is no specific age, but physical ability is key. River guiding is a physically demanding job, and uses different muscle groups than many other types of activities.