About the trip
Are you looking for a fun way to spend the summer months while making a living wage? This course is specifically designed and offered to individuals looking for employment as a Raft Guide with NMRA for the summer season and beyond. If you are a private boater looking for instruction in a specific field of river running or hoping to take your paddling or rowing skills to the next level, please call for more information on our custom, tailored instructional courses for all types of crafts and skill levels.
This trip meets at our private, Rio Grande Headquarters which is conveniently located 1 hour north of Santa Fe and 30 min. south of Taos. Our fully stocked Headquarters and Outfitters Shop is in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge right across the street from the river, less than 1 mile from the finishing point of the most popular trips and offers safe, secure parking in our private parking lot.
For directions to our Rio Grande Headquarters click here!
What time of year are you courses offered?
Dates for all of our ACA certification courses in December and January and vary year to year. We usually offer courses in the Spring and Fall. Our custom courses are available at different times throughout the season, please contact our helpful reservation staff for more information and to reserve your space.
What kind of certification will I receive?
Our ACA courses have the opportunity to receive up to a level 4 certification in each skill. Certifications are determined by class participation, understanding of the material and skills.
Who will my instructors be?
All of our instructors are industry leaders with a high level of skill and experience. Their patient, knowledgeable approach to each skill will set you up for not only a fruitful but fun experience.
I highly recommend New Mexico River Adventures! We did a half day race course on a Monday afternoon in August. Although the water was low it was a great experience and wish we had done a full day. Our guide, Erin, was wonderful! She had a great sense of humor, taught us a lot and made the whole experience even better! We now have a new love, appreciation, and respect for the Rio Grande. Thanks to NM River Adventures we have found a hobby our whole family loves and will continue to pursue.Monica McCaslin
Just want to say thanks to the entire team at NMRA for an amazing half day adventure on the river on 9/7. John Michael, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly and the front desk staff were accommodating and helpful. (Special shout out to the gal who emailed me my photos after I lost the thumb drive). From the moment we walked in the door, I knew we had picked the right place! Highly recommend if you're looking for something exciting to do.Rebecca N.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Maybe you’re looking for the foundation of a lifetime career in the outdoors or even the skills to be able to enjoy the wonderful world of river trips with your friends and family. New Mexico River Adventures has been leading the way in river guide training for more than 20 years. The profession of river guiding offers an unsurpassed mix of fun, excitement, camaraderie, and challenge, all in pristine outdoor settings. Make no mistake, river guiding is an intense job with long hours, an immense amount of responsibility and hard work, and most importantly it is exceptionally rewarding.
Whitewater River Guides School Focus
Our guide school is primarily focused on training individuals for jobs as whitewater professionals, however, it is also open to those looking for an intense training program to ready themselves for a long future of private boating adventures with family and friends. The goal of the school is for every student to be a safe, conscientious, environmentally-responsible steward of the river. We hope that each student leaves this course with the confidence and skills to navigate any class 2-3 river while assessing problems and emergencies with a calm and logical approach because let’s face it, things don’t always happen the way their supposed to on the river!
We generally hire new guides from our guide school. Students possessing the right balance of a professionalism, personality, fun and river skills will be offered employment directly following the conclusion of the course.
The Whitewater River Guides School Curriculum
The guide school is an intense 8 day course offering highly personalized instruction in all aspects of commercial guiding. The primary emphasis will be in paddle boats however oar boats will also be introduced and utilized at different times throughout the course. In addition to navigation skills, we will also cover river safety, equipment maintenance, risk management, and emergency procedures as well as on-shore training in boat repair, meal preparation, sanitation, and logistics. Our instructors begin by explaining basic principles and then teach by example. You will be guiding a boat on your first trip down the river as well as paddle boats, flip boats, re-flip boats, load boats, swim, scout, improvise, lead, follow, carry, cook and tie knots.
New Mexico River Adventure Guides
Completion of our guide school does not guarantee you a position at New Mexico River Adventures. Hiring will be determined by your work ethic, guest service, river skills and your ability to work with others. New Mexico River Adventures believes that an individual’s personality and social skills are very important elements in the making of a truly superior river guide. Of course, river skills, physical abilities and good common sense are the most important. If you have strong people skills, a good work ethic, and want to spend all day, every day on the river.
Please contact us for an amazing course which could lead to a lifetime passion!