Education and Training

Raft Guide Training & Skill Development

raft guide training

Raft Guide Training

Want to gain entry into the greatest job (i.e. lifestyle) you’ll ever have? Or maybe you want to take your boating skills to the next level? Defiance’s raft guide training can help you go from zero to (almost) hero through one of its summer immersion programs.

Next School Programs and Dates:

2022 Colorado Guide Qualification Program: May 14 – 29. Invitation Only (No Fee). Gear, First Aid / CPR certification, and employment opportunity provided

Whitewater Academy [BASIC] Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12 – Cost: $219 / gear and lunch provided

Whitewater Academy [INTERMEDIATE] Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21 – Cost: $219 / gear and lunch provided

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Defiance raft guide training

Paddle Talk! – Defiance’s Boathouse Seminar Series

Defiance’s Senior River Pros facilitates this free, community focused, lifestyle program. Topics range from rigging and basic repair, to groover setup, to geeking out on the latest must have from one of Defiance’s gear suppliers. Bring your favorite beverage and we’ll supply the bratwurst. Conversations every second and fourth Thursday June – September.