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(NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual April 2020 Guide School has been rescheduled to take place July 8-13, 2020, as a 6-day Guide School on Idaho’s Main Salmon River. For details on our Main Salmon trips, see our Main Salmon Rafing trips Page. Students will be responsible for their own travel logistics to Salmon ID and from McCall ID. Please contact our office for questions or more details, or inquire HERE to reserve a spot on the updated Main Salmon Guide School in July.)
Who is the course for? This course is designed for both those who wish to seek employment in the river industry as well as those who wish to learn the skills needed to captain/guide their own raft on private trips. You’ll spend time both rowing and paddle rafting in a variety of boats (paddle rafts, paddle assisted stern mounts, center mount gear boats) while developing a foundation of rafting and river travel skills that will enable you to lead and organize a successful multi-day river trip.
At Wet Planet, our guides, instructors, and staff have lived and worked in river communities all over the United States and internationally. From ½-day commercial day-trips to remote multi-week expeditions, we love being on the river, and love sharing our river experience with future guides and river travelers.
The Wet Planet Rowing and Paddle Raft School includes a 4-day Owyhee River multi-day raft trip as a part of the curriculum! Students will learn the logistics of overnight raft trips, while practicing their rowing and guiding skills traveling through the Owyhee River canyon.
Optional: interested in increasing your river rescue skills? All guide school students receive 25% off our March and April River Rescue Certification courses.
Rivers Utilized for Training (depending upon water level):
Price: $895, including: a 4-day multi-day raft trip on Oregon’s Owyhee River, all instruction and course materials, lunch each day (plus all meals on the multi-day trip), any river gear and equipment needed, and all group gear for the multi-day trip. Note: students will be responsible for personal camping gear on the multi-day trip, as well as travel to and from the river.
Wet Planet Guide School participants can also receive 25% off the course cost of our RRC or RRC-Pro courses held in April. The 2-day River Rescue Certification (RRC) course is designed for private paddlers, while the 3-day River Rescue Certification Pro (RRC-Pro) is designed for boaters who will work as guides or instructors in the whitewater industry. These courses meet the requirements for either RRC or RRC-Pro certification by Sierra Rescue International (discount only valid for the RRC and RRC-Pro courses held in April in which Guide School was completed).
What to Bring: Be prepared to be in the river in cold, wet weather. We recommend a dry-suit for maximum comfort. If you don’t have your own gear, we can provide pfd, helmet, wet-suits, splash jackets, and booties. We will provide a full packing list for the multi-day portion of the course.
Location: All weekend classes will be based out of the Wet Planet headquarters. You are welcome to pitch a tent and use the facilities. All transportation to and from the rivers will be taken care of by Wet Planet during the first two weekends. The Owyhee overnight trip will begin at the put-in for the Owyhee in Rome, OR, and end at the take-out at Birch Creek. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Owyhee River (see course information packets below for details).
Employment at Wet Planet: Wet Planet typically has very low employee turnover, hiring is competitive each season, and we hire guides with prior whitewater experience. Employment at Wet Planet after successful completion of the guide school is not guaranteed, and our guide school should not be considered as Wet Planet job training. Employment with Wet Planet depends upon skill level, personal dedication, and the company’s needs. For those wishing to work in the whitewater industry after the course, we will help you determine appropriate rivers. Please realize that developing the skills needed to guide a raft commercially takes lots of practice, even after completion of guide school. While the Wet Planet Guide School will help provide the skills you need to apply to guide in the whitewater industry, each company you might work for will have its own training process in order to make sure you learn that particular company’s practices and rivers.
For more information on our Guide School or to make reservations: contact us! You can also download our Guide School Information for course details, the Guide School Owyhee Trip Info Packet, and a Guide School Multi-Day Packing List.
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We had several wonderful trips. Thanks for all your help. Staff is wonderful, congenial, competent, just great. Even the weather was fantastic! I will put together more trips with you guys. Many, many thanks!
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