Become a professional raft guide at the largest man-made whitewater facility in the world. From the classroom to the river, our top-notch instructors teach all of the necessary skills expected of a professional raft guide – no prior experience is necessary.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is seeking full and part-time, seasonal Raft Guides. Top graduates of Guide School will be given the opportunity to advance into the USNWC’s qualifying check-out process. Upon qualification, a fun, physical, and customer-interactive job awaits.
Attending guide school does not guarantee a job at the USNWC. For more information, please see the Raft Guide School FAQ.
Tuition reimbursement is available for Guide School graduates who are hired by the USNWC and complete the season in good standing with the USNWC Management.
Please note, a current First Aid, CPR & AED Certification is not a prerequisite for Guide School, but is required for active employment – courses are offered by the USNWC.
Guide School has a 1 to 6 instructor to student ratio, ensuring the quality of instruction needed to succeed as a professional raft guide. There are limited spaces available, so be sure to sign up early to secure a spot.
Please use the links below to register online or call Guest Services at 704.391.3900.
Orientations are scheduled on Friday evenings prior to the beginning of each course from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The course will take place on Saturdays and Sundays over a period of three weeks.
Orientation Friday 3/1; Course Saturday 3/2 & Sunday 3/3, Saturday 3/9 & Sunday 3/10, and Saturday 3/16
Orientation Friday 3/29; Course Saturday 3/30 & Sunday 3/31, Saturday 4/6 & Sunday 4/7, and Saturday 4/13
Orientation Friday 5/3; Course Saturday 5/4 & Sunday 5/5, Saturday 5/11 & Sunday 5/12, and Saturday 5/18
Orientation Friday 5/31; Course Saturday 6/1 & Sunday 6/2, Saturday 6/8 & Sunday 6/9, and Saturday 6/15
Orientation Friday 7/12; Course Saturday 7/13 & Sunday 7/14, Saturday 7/20 & Sunday 7/21, and Saturday 7/27
Continue reading about the U.S. National Whitewater Center Raft Guide School here.
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