We’re kicking off the first round of Whitewater River Guide School for the season! Time to plant our seeds, douse them in Rio water, and see what river guides we grow in our garden. Our students are in for the ride of their lives. They have a ton of information to absorb and apply, stamina to build, and new challenges to conquer.
Reading the river is a finely-honed skill. The water is a story of its own, telling the guides where there might be a rock hiding under the surface, where the current is strongest, or where the eddy lines lie. In this story, though, the same page can change from day to day and become a completely new tale. Our guides learn how to read the ever-evolving punctuation and tone of the river; and although the plot stays the same, no two adventures are identical. Every river story – every trip – is unique.
These whitewater pupils will be challenged, conditioned, and sharpened. They will learn how to think clearly and concisely under pressure. Experiencing flipped rafts and other simulated scenarios to help them learn not only what to do, but to keep their heads about them in the face of serious consequences. In the rapids, they will build the courage and resolve that lives inside each of them. River-reading skills and guiding techniques aren’t the only things our students will be refining. Over the course of their time on the river, they will find, within themselves, a passion they did not know existed. They will begin their love-affair with the river that will be unending, a relationship that will make them grow in ways they never imagined. Resiliency and tolerance to extreme weather, cold, and exposure will emerge from their muscles, hearts, and minds. Quick thinking and problem solving skills will be sharper than they’ve ever imagined. To be a river guide, one cannot be rigid and unyielding. A guide must flow, adjust, and evolve, as the river does.
The river is not the most defining aspect to a trip. Nor is it the weather, or even the day. The most defining aspects of our trips are our guests. Our guides are not just river readers, they are people readers, too! We get the opportunity to experience our rivers with folks from everywhere on the planet, from all walks of life. Whether it’s comforting some pre-trip jitters, making sure everyone’s warm and comfortable on the water, or even just giving a hug or high-five to a new-found friend after a trip; our guides are personable and knowledgeable, and are excellent river friends to make.
We have a second round of Guide School starting May 15th, 2017. That means you haven’t missed your chance at this life changing experience! It’s an incredibly comprehensive course, and we love our students. Come learn from the best, and start a fire in your soul that’s fueled by river water!