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. If hired, your tuition will be applied to your certifications required to guide on the Snake River with Mad River Boat Trips, (Wilderness First Aid and River Rescue Certifications).
Guide School fills up early. Reserve your spot well in advance. Once Guide School is full, participants will be placed on a waiting list.
May 26 - May 29, 2020
The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. (Chinese Philosopher)