Minnesota Raft Guide Training

Minnesota whitewater raft guide training

Raft Guide Training with Hard Water Sports

We offer a 1 Day Class to get you started as a whitewater rafting guide.

April 20, 2024
May 12, 2024
call to book 651 302 1774

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Looking for the most awesome summer job? the kind of job where you get paid to have fun and tell jokes ?

but you have no white water experience…

minnesota rafting guide training
Raft Guide Training

Sign up for Hard Water Sports raft guide training and work on one of Minnesota’s beautiful white water rivers.
Opportunities exist to train on the  Kettle River, St Louis River, and rivers in Wisconsin.  The Hard Water Sports raft guide training day classes are scheduled for April 20 and May 12, 2024. All classes will be on the Kettle River.

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:

  • 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 class III-IV rapids. Guide training includes running the rapids and learning how to read the river.

Who Should Take the Class

Our whitewater raft guide training class has been designed to bennifit

  • anyone thinking about becoming a river guide.
  • anyone needing more skills running whitewater rivers.
  • anyone who is in need of a break from thier ho-hum life.
  • anyone who has watched the “The River Wild” and drempt of running the Gauntlet.

Includes 2 whitewater river runs

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 some basics like how to hold a paddle,  and work our way up to more advenced sriver skills – setting up a Z-Drag for unpinning a stuck raft.
You’ll learn about group dynamics, training your paddling crew, rescue procedures.

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.  A Hard Water Sports raft guide needs to have a intimate knowledge of the rivers they are paddling, including all potential hazards.

Equipment for rafting training

During the class students will have access to all essential river rafting equipment:

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

On the River

Students will practice paddling and steering a verity inflatable rafts and kayaks:
(all provided by Hard Water Sports)

  • Paddle rafts
  • Oar frame rafts
  • Stren frame raft
  • Inflatable kayaks – tandem and solo

Plan for a full day of adventure. The majority of the day will be spent on the river, running the rapids of the clean and beautiful Kettle River. 

Perfect for athletes who have no or little whitewater guiding experience

For questions about Minnesota raft guide training
contact HardWaterSports@gmail.com

Completing the Hard Water Sports 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.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

2024 Raft Guide Training Schedule

Saturday, April 20, 2023 9:30 to 4

Rafting classes will meet at the Hard Water Sports guide shop  in downtown Sandstone, Minnesota.
511 Main Street
Sandstone MN 55072

Apply to a raft guide with Hard Water Sports
Submit your cover letter and resume to HardWaterSports@gmail.com

Minnesota White Water Rafting – What to Expect

More about rafting on the Kettle River.

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