Guide Instruction

Guide Instruction

Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours, Inc. is proud to offer a state certified, professional, quality white water rafting guide school for those interested in becoming professional raft guides, or those wanting to learn raft navigation and rigging. The course exceeds both the Colorado State requirements and the Arizona State requirements for guide certification.

2014 Instructional Guide Course

Who: Anyone who desires to learn river navigation of a raft for private or commercial trips. Learn both oar and paddle boat navigational skills.Prerequisites: 15 years of age for a course, 18 years of age to guide in the state of ColoradoWhere: Southwest Area Rivers (see course description below for details)Upon completion of either course you will exceed the requirements of a Class III river guide (subject to completion of separate first-aid and CPR training). These are intensive courses that emphasize skill training and personal development amidst the spectacular setting of deep rock canyons and river corridors. Tuition includes state certified instructors, transportation from our meeting point, PFD (life jacket), helmet and boating equipment.

Skills training will include:

  • Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Camp and Meal Preparation
  • Crew Orientation
  • Client Care
  • River Rescue
  • Raft Rigging
  • Reading River Current
  • River Navigation in both Oar and Paddle Boat Rafts

State Certified Colorado Comprehensive White Water Instructional Course

When: May 9 – May 21, 2014Click here for the 2014 Itinerary Cost: $695

Our 12-day comprehensive whitewater rafting guide training course will certify participants as Colorado Class III river guides. The course covers all aspects of guiding a river trip, and is perfect for the person who would like to become a fully certified guide. Skills training will include: leadership, group dynamics, meal preparation, crew orientation, river rescue, raft rigging and river navigation for multi-day and single day raft trips. Upon completion, all participants will exceed the requirements for a Colorado Class III river guide. This course includes a day and a half on the Colorado River, two days on the San Miguel and one day on the Piedra, with the remainder of the class days on Durango’s Lower Animas River.

Tuition Includes:

In addition to the the provisions listed above, this course also includes camping with Mild to Wild the nights of May 9-13 and food while camping. (Camping gear not included.)

State Certified Colorado Basic Guide Instructional Course

When: June 2 – June 9, 2014Click here for the 2014 ItineraryCost: $395

This 8 day course is perfect for anyone seeking employment as a raft guide or anyone interested in private boating. We will cover all aspects of guiding a river trip: boats, helmets, technical gear, leadership, group dynamics, crew orientation, river rescue, guest service, interpretation, raft rigging and river navigation. At the end of the course, participants will meet the requirements to be a Class III Colorado state raft guide, and can apply to work at Mild to Wild! We will be hiring!

Important Considerations:

  • It is highly recommended that participants take advantage of our wetsuit package which includes a wetsuit, wetsuit boots and a splash jacket. This package costs $50 for the whole course.
  • Full payment is due at time of enrollment.
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $100 with notice 14 days prior to class, within 14 days of the class there will be no refund for cancelling.
  • Completing guide school does not guarantee a job with Mild to Wild.
  • We recommend arriving with current first-aid and CPR certifications.

Unsure about Guiding but think you may want to be part of the Mild to Wild Team?

2014 Adventure Interview Trip

New to 2014!

Experience the most fun interview ever! Join us on our employee Adventure Interview Trip! Discover what it’s like to be a part of the Mild to Wild team as you learn about our employment opportunities in the office, on the river and on the trail. For more information, click here!