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Thank you for considering Alpine Adventures Whitewater Raft Guide Training Program!

Alpine Adventures is certified by the American Canoe Association and we have been training guides on Washington whitewater for years. Our Raft Guide Training Program is among the toughest and most thorough in Washington State. Unlike many training programs, our trainees receive a training manual to aid in their education and life-long learning. Our instructors are amongst the best in the business and teach all aspects of river rafting on Washington State's premier whitewater rivers.

Guide training starts April 21, 2018 and lasts 5 weekends (both Sat & Sun), until May 20th, just in time for summer rafting season. This 5-week whitewater rafting guide training program is designed for those interested in private boating/rafting or commercial raft guiding. By signing up for our 2018 River Guide Training you get a season pass to join any of our scheduled trips on any of the 10 rivers we raft throughout the 2018 season. Give us a call, send us an Email, or complete our contact form to sign up.

The skills learned in our program meet or exceed the State of Washington Outfitter Licensing requirements and include:

Reading the River Paddle Boating Oar Boating
Boat Flipping Boat Unflipping River Rescue
River Equipment Personal Equipment Safety Talk
First Aid & CPR Swimming Rapids River Ethics
Knots & Rope Handling Teamwork Scouting Rapids
Pinned Boat Extraction Camp Management Group Management

Pat Bryan demonstrating his expert raft "re-flipping" skills!
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2017 Raft Guide Training Schedule

All these rivers are tentative based on water levels and river conditions. If they prove to not be raftable due to too high or too low water then another river will be selected. Our training schedule for the spring 2018 program is as follows:


        Tentative Rivers

     (Based on Conditions)

  Skykomish River, Gold Bar, WA   Saturday, April 21 &
  Sunday, April 22
  Sauk River, Darrington, WA   Saturday, April 28 &
  Sunday, April 29
  Green River, Black Diamond, WA   Saturday, May 5 &
  Sunday, May 6
  Wenatchee River, Leavenworth, WA   Saturday, May 12 &
  Sunday, May 14
  Wenatchee River, Leavenworth, WA   Saturday, May 19 &
  Sunday, May 20
  Wenatchee River Friends & Family Check-Off, Leavenworth, WA

Saturday, May 26 -

Monday, May 28

The price for the raft guide training program is $485.00. This price includes all instruction, wetsuits, helmets, personal floatation devices, splash jackets, rafts and assorted equipment, handouts and state sales tax. A deposit of $200.00 must be made in advance of the training to hold your spot, with the balance due by May 5, 2018. However, payment plans are negotiable. Space in the program is limited and camping is a requirement for those whom wish to commercially guide. There will be limited shuttle space between Gold Bar and Leavenworth at no additional charge.

Guide Trainees
During your training all group rafting equipment will be provided by Alpine Adventures. If you choose to purchase your own personal river gear, there will be an opportunity to place an order with NRS to receive your PFD and other river gear at wholesale price.

Our commercial season is almost year 'round. Our regular season starts at the end of April and runs into October. We run Fall Colors trips on the Upper Skagit in October and November.


Alpine Adventures operates under Special Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker Ranger District, Skykomish Ranger District, Naches Ranger District, Randle Ranger District and Darrington Ranger District and is an equal opportunity employer and recreation provider. Nooksack and Sauk Rivers are done in co-operation with Wild and Scenic River Tours.


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