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UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have made the hard decision to cancel Guide School this year. This decision did not come lightly and we are very sorry for the bad news! We appreciate your understanding and look forward to holding Guide School next year.

Here at Mad River we take pride in the fact that our guides are highly trained in whitewater rafting and safety skills, as well as professionalism on the river. Every spring we offer a five-day guide school taught on the Snake River. This class is designed to teach individuals basic whitewater skills. Although this class is tailored for those individuals seeking employment, it is a great course for anyone wishing to learn the basics of whitewater rafting.

The skills covered during this week will include the following: Introduction to boat navigation with oars/paddles, safety skills on the river, hydrology and boat maintenance.

Guide school is largely a hands-on learning environment. Some class time is spent at the Mad River Wedge, our boathouse, but the majority of time will be spent in the Snake River Canyon on the Snake River. Guide School requires a high level of aerobic activity in inclement conditions in a remote area. Please evaluate your level of fitness before applying to guide school.

If you are interested in participating in Guide School, please register for the course online. Guide School tuition is due at the time of registration. Completion of Guide School is not a guarantee of hire. Guide School fills up early. Reserve your spot well in advance. Once Guide School is full, participants will be placed on a waiting list.

Please Note – If you are wanting to be a guide you will have to attend the WFR course prior to the guide school which is, May 11th – 19th. The estimated cost of the WFR course is $675. There are also other options through NOLS you can check if this timeline for the course does not work for you.