Difficulty: Class III, Moderate

When: -

Kayaking Available?: No

Trip Length and Prices:
Days Adults Overnight Alumni Overnight
1 $100 $130 $30
3 $395 $485 $90

Invest in your lifestyle. Learn the skills for the world's coolest job. Discover your inner river rat!

Due to California’s stay-at-home order, River Dancers has cancelled Whitewater School for MAY 08-10. We may reschedule depending on interest and upcoming recommendations for the ongoing pandemic.

Experience the fun and excitement of whitewater rafting from a whole different perspective – as the guide of your own boat!

If you love white water river rafting, have your own boat, or are considering buying a boat and striking out on your own, start the season with the training that will enhance your family’s fun and increase your confidence as a boater.

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If you are retired or in college and are looking for a fun and rewarding job, or are looking to become a full time professional river guide, our guide school is the place to start honing your skills. It’s also a way to spice up your experience if you are looking for excitement beyond just the typical whitewater trip.

White Water Rafting Guide School is designed to acquaint and train private boaters and potential professional river guides in the organization, safety, skills and wisdom necessary for a successful river journey.

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We cover all the basics of the whitewater river experience:

  • Guiding a paddle or oar boat
  • Equipment use
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Boat rigging and knot tying
  • The reading of water and river hydraulics
  • Trip logistics, outdoor care procedures
  • White water emergency and rescue techniques
  • The swimming of rapids.
  • River safety
  • Guide commands

Our guide school is a community event. It is fun, friendly, and supportive. You’ll make new friends, hang out with quirky river guides, eat great food, and may even learn some unexpected skills.

Guide school is typically run on the Upper Sacramento River. This is a fantastic run near Mount Shasta that offers great learning opportunities. On low water years, we host this event on the Trinity River which offers a similarly great run, though it is far from Mount Shasta. Weaverville, CA is the nearest city for lodging.

In recent years, we have begun offering an overnight option where we provide all meals for the trip. We camp at the put-in, set up a kitchen, cook gourmet meals for you, and tell stories around a warm fire. It is a fun community event, a great way to fully immerse yourself in the river culture, and offers even more opportunities to learn from fellow river rats.

Whitewater school is always free to alumni with their own boats or if there is need for extra paddlers in student boats. If alumni wish to partake in the provided food, we ask for a $30/day fee.

Come join our river family!

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"Whitewater School changed my life." -- Joey Monte, River Dancers Guide

“There was a well choreographed balance between team work and individual challenge. Thanks for a great week-end." -- 2011 Guide School Grad

"I learned fundamentals and philosophies applicable to life itself ... " -- Jack Trout, Fishing Guide