White Water Raft Guide Class

Raft guide training day- class  $119


Hard Water Sports offers a 1day white water raft guide class to get you started as a professional whitewater rafting guide.

2020 Raft Guide Class Schedule

1 day class offered on:
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sign up for Hard Water Sports raft guide training and experince paddling on one of Minnesota’s beautiful white water rivers. 
The Hard Water Sports raft guide training day classes are scheduled for April 26 and May 17, 2020.


Raft guide training day- class  $119

Our raft guide training program at Hard Water Sports includes a full day of on and off the water instruction. 
Whitewater workshop covers:

raft guide class raft guide training
  • Client management
  • swiftwater rescue
  • river hazard identification
  • river safety protocols 

These are just a few of the topics covered in the full day white water workshop.
Be  prepared to be on the water most of the day, including 2 or more river runs on the Kettle River’s class III-IV rapids. Guide training includes running the Kettle River rapids, guide skills, river reading, river rescue, safety, client relations, raft outfitting.

Includes 2 whitewater river runs on the Kettle River

The Hard Water Sport river guide day-class is an intensive full day covering a lot of information.  After a quick meet and great, we are gearing up and on the river.  We start with the basics – how to hold a paddle,  to setting up a Z-Drag for unpinning a stuck raft.
You’ll learn about group dynamics, training your paddling crew, rescue procedures.

Swift Water Rescue and Aweness Class

Hard Water Sports offers a Swift Water Rescue and Aweness classes every spring. Find more information at Minnesota Swift Water Rescue

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Raft Guide ??

Being a raft guide involves risk and is physically demanding. Raft guide qualifications include being a competent swimmer, being CPR/ first aid certified, having plenty of on the water experience.  The Hard Water Sports raft guide needs to have a intimate knowledge of the rivers they are paddling, including all potential hazards.

Equipment for Raft Guide Training

During the class students will be provided with all essential river rafting equipment:

  • Life Jackets
  • wetsuits
  • splash tops
  • booties, and helmets

Students will practice paddling and steering a verity inflatable rafts and kayaks – all provided by Hard Water Sports.  

Apply to Become a Whitewater Raft Guide with Hard Water Sports

Submit your cover letter and resume to HardWaterSports@gmail.com

This training is perfect for athletes who have no or little whitewater guiding experience.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

2020 Schedule for Guide Training

April 27, 2019      9 am to 4 pm

May 17, 2019      9 am to 4 pm

Rafting classes will meet at the Hard Water Sports guide shop  in downtown Sandstone, Minnesota. Apply for Minnesota raft guide training
Submit your cover letter and resume to HardWaterSports@gmail.com

Acceptance to join the whitewater raft guide training class does not  guarantee employment with Hard Water Sports. Hiring of guides from the training class will be based on the ability to perform essential job skills, and ability to work in a team setting.  Students of the class that do get hired as a river guide will receive additional training and will be required to log additional river hours as a guide assistant.

Minnesota White Water Rafting – What to Expect

Kettle River near Sandstone MN

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