Nicky and Josh Dickey came to the Wet Planet Team in 2019. This raft guide couple has built their lives around whitewater, running rivers all over the world. They hail from the Youghiogheny and Ocoee Rivers, where they guided on the East Coast. During our winters, they head down the southern hemisphere to soak up the sunshine in New Zealand and guide on the Kaituna River. No matter where they are in the world, Nicky and Josh bring infinite stoke to everyone around them.
Nicky got her start in whitewater the summer of 2014 as a photographer in Ohiopyle, taking photos for Wilderness Voyagers on the Youghiogheny River. While she enjoyed taking photos, she wanted more…
“I decided I wanted to be on the other side of the lens,” said Nicky.
Soon enough, she became a raft guide on the Youghiogheny River and Ocoee River in the United States and on the Mohaka River and Rangitata River in New Zealand. Additionally, she has worked as a kayak instructor on the Mohaka, Tarawera, Aniwhenua and Waikato rivers in New Zealand. Her three favorite rivers are the Kaituna, where she spends much of her time in New Zealand; the White Salmon, which she guides for Wet Planet; and the Upper Youghiogheny, where she began her whitewater career. Nicky loves being a part of the whitewater community.
“My favorite thing about the river community is that I never go to a new river without already having a few friends.”
Before Nicky was a raft guide, she attended West Virginia University and earned a Bachelors of Science in landscape architecture. When she’s not on the river, she enjoys hiking and mountain biking. She is always excited to keep finding new places. Even though she is having a great summer in New Zealand, she can’t wait to get back to the PNW! Nicky is looking forward to another summer guiding trips on the White Salmon and teaching kayaking courses at Wet Planet!
Josh Dickey is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. The 2020 season will be his 12th year as a commercial rafting guide. He started his rafting career on the Ocoee River, and after a couple of seasons he decided he wanted to chase summer and pursue rafting full time. Josh moved to Rotorua, New Zealand in December of 2010 to raft year-round and learn how to whitewater kayak. He enjoys rafting professionally because it allows him to share the magic and beauty of the river with those who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience it themselves.
You could say that Josh is pretty obsessed with whitewater. He spends more than 250 days each year on rivers for work and play. In addition to guiding on in the United States and New Zealand, he has guided in Honduras on the beautiful Cangrejal River.
Josh feels fortunate to have traveled around the world to kayak, and has even competed in the United States, Quebec, Northern Sumatra, and New Zealand. However, he says,
Kayaking isn’t so much about the competition as it is the opportunity to travel and experience different rivers.”
Much of his free time is spend on the river, but he also enjoys mountain biking and camping. Josh is looking forward to another incredible season in White Salmon, guiding half-day and full-day trips on the White Salmon River!
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