Kern River Tours offers a guide school each spring to bring in potential employees for the upcoming season, and to provide a course for private boaters on river running. The guide school itinerary complies with the United States Forest Service requirements for guide training.The goal of our school is to educate individuals on whitewater river running and the safety aspects that go along with the sport.
The school is held over a five-day period, usually in the latter part of April. The cost of the school is $445, which includes everything necessary throughout the five-day period of the guide school. You will be supplied with a wetsuit (bring your own if you prefer) and lifejacket. Food for the five days (12 full meals) beginning with lunch on day 1 and ending with lunch on day five will be supplied. Instruction on preparation of river meals will be covered.
Kern River Tours does select employees from our guide school to work in the upcoming season. The number of individuals selected depends on the need we have for the season, and that depends largely on the snow pack we received in the winter. Attending guide school does NOT secure you with a position as a raft guide with our company; it does, however, provide you with valuable information and experience that pertain to whitewater rafting. Guide school is a great place to meet people that have similar interests and to have a great time at a reasonable expense.
The school is limited to 25 participants and fills up each year. If you would like to attend the school for private knowledge or to apply for a job with Kern River Tours give us a call and request “guide school information”.
A letter and application will be sent to you, when you return your application and deposit a space in the school is reserved for you. Call us at 1-800-844-7238 or 1-800-573-7238.
Guide School 2018 April 19th-22nd
We are excited to announce that we will be holding our 2018 Whitewater Rafting Guide School this coming April 19th-22nd.
Our guide school complies with the United States Forest Service requirements for guide training and covers all aspects of commercial whitewater rafting.
You will be provided with information on trip preparation, equipment, river running, rapid scouting, river dangers, river rescue techniques, and other pertinent topics.
Instructors will not ask you to do anything that they would not do themselves, but during Guide School you will definitely find yourself in the water multiple times as you learn to swim safely in whitewater, to flip rafts, and to handle emergency situations.
The school is held over a four-day period and costs $350. Price includes camping, equipment, and meals starting with lunch on day one, and ending with lunch on day four.
The school is limited to 12 participants this year.
If you would like to attend the school for private knowledge or to apply for a job with Kern River Tours please contact our guide manager:
Sean Naugle E: [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!
For any other questions please contact our office at:
(800) 844-7238 or (800) 573-7238