Become a professional raft guide at the largest man-made whitewater facility in the world. From the classroom to the river, our top-notch instructors teach all of the necessary skills expected of a professional raft guide – no prior experience is necessary.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is seeking full and part-time, seasonal Raft Guides. Top graduates of Guide School will be given the opportunity to advance into the USNWC’s qualifying check-out process. Upon qualification, a fun, physical, and customer-interactive job awaits.
Attending guide school does not guarantee a job at the USNWC. For more information, please see the Raft Guide School FAQ.
- Duration: 5 days
- Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm (Orientation hours are listed in conjunction with course dates)
- Price: $175
Tuition reimbursement is available for Guide School graduates who are hired by the USNWC and complete the season in good standing with the USNWC Management.
- You must be at least 18 years of age or 17 and a graduating senior in high school
- Adequate level of physical fitness, swimming capability, and comfort in and around moving water
Please note, a current First Aid, CPR & AED Certification is not a prerequisite for Guide School, but is required for active employment – courses are offered by the USNWC.
Guide School has a 1 to 6 instructor to student ratio, ensuring the quality of instruction needed to succeed as a professional raft guide. There are limited spaces available, so be sure to sign up early to secure a spot.
Please use the links below to register online or call Guest Services at 704.391.3900.
2018 Guide School:
WEEKEND GUIDE SCHOOL
Orientations are scheduled on Friday evenings prior to the beginning of each course from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The course will take place on Saturdays and Sundays over a period of three weeks.
Orientation Friday 3/2; Course Saturday 3/3 & Sunday 3/4, Saturday 3/10 & Sunday 3/11, and Saturday 3/17
Orientation Friday 3/16; Course Saturday 3/17 & Sunday 3/18, Saturday 3/24 & Sunday 3/25, and Saturday 3/31
Orientation Friday 4/27; Course Saturday 4/28 & Sunday 4/29, Saturday 5/5 & Sunday 5/6, Sat 5/12
Orientation Friday 5/11; Course Saturday 5/12 & Sunday 5/13, Saturday 5/19 & Sunday 5/20, Sat 5/26
FULL WEEK GUIDE SCHOOL
Orientations are scheduled on Sunday evenings prior to the beginning of each course from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The course will last one full week – Monday through Friday.
Orientation Sunday 3/4; Course Monday 3/5 – Friday 3/9
Orientation Sunday 3/11; Course Monday 3/12 – Friday 3/16
Orientation Sunday 4/1; Course Monday 4/2 – Friday 4/6
Orientation Sunday 5/13; Course Monday 5/14 – Friday 5/18
Orientation Sunday 5/20; Course Monday 5/21 – Friday 5/25
Orientation Sunday 6/3; Course Monday 6/4 – Friday 6/8
Orientation Sunday 6/10; Course Monday 6/11 – Friday 6/15
Orientation Sunday 6/17; Course Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22
Orientation Sunday 7/18; Course Monday 7/9 – Friday 7/13
Orientation Sunday 7/15; Course Monday 7/16 – Friday 7/20
Orientation Sunday 7/22; Course Monday 7/23 – Friday 7/27