White Water Raft Guide School - 7 Days

Northern California /


Monday May 2 - Sunday May 8, 2022


We are only accepting 16 people into our guide school

Click on “Book this Trip” to apply for a space at our 2022 Guide School

For Fun or Employment!

Raft California’s Guide School is a 7 day training course to learn the skills to guide rafts down white water rapids! This is not just for people seeking employment, but open to anyone who wants to run rivers!

We start at our South Fork American River Campground with both on and off river instruction on the Forks of the American River. We usually travel to others rivers like the North Yuba, Truckee, Upper Klamath, Lower Klamath, Trinity & East Carson. The rivers we travel to depend on flows as several are free flowing and depend on snowmelt. We want to take you to the best places for putting your raft guiding skills to use on river, so often the itinerary is flexible.

Lunch is included daily. Dinner & Breakfast are not included, except for 1 of each when we teach you how to cook for our overnight meals. The group usually shops & cooks for other meals together.

For the duration of the guide school we are camping. We will provide the space for camping and you are to bring your own gear (tent, sleeping bag, camper van etc). There is typically no power at most locations (including our main camp in Lotus), many of our guides carry around solar charges. We also have an office in Lotus just a couple miles from camp that you can use to charge things, connect to WiFi, as well as a washer/dryer for laundry.

Whitewater Rafting Guide School Emphasis:

  • River hydrology
  • River navigation
  • Reading whitewater
  • Raft equipment rigging
  • Equipment maintenance and repair
  • Personal rescue equipment & signals
  • Commercial safety put-in talks
  • Camp/kitchen operations
  • Knot tying
  • Leading safe, enjoyable whitewater rafting trips

Included in the cost of Raft Guide School:

  • Transportation to and from camp to the instruction locations
  • PFD (although most like to purchase a guide PFD prior to guide school as these allow for more mobility than our customer PFDs).
  • Helmet (also something most purchase)
  • On river equipment (ie: raft, paddle, ropes etc…)
  • Camping space & river use fees
  • Lunch everyday

Arrive the night before at our South Fork Campground

Day 1

  • 8:00am meet & greet, intro to Guide School
  • noon(ish) lunch
  • afternoon – rafting or off river training

Day 2-7

  • Rafting, Camping & Fun

Once we have the schedule nailed down we will post it.


Meeting Location: Raft California South Fork American River Campground – 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651