Professional Rafting Guide School
8-Day Comprehensive Professional Whitewater River Guide School
Dates: May 19 – 26, 2017
Cost: $650 (Scholarships up to 50% are available to Qualified Applicants)
4-Day Basic River Guide Training
Dates: April 28 – May 1, 2017
Cost includes: All river equipment, professional instruction, and transportation from Santa Fe and Rafting on the Rio Grande.
Kokopelli Rafting Adventures has been creating Unforgettable Rafting Experiences in New Mexico and Colorado since 1991! We are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and offer whitewater rafting trips on both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, covering more than 200 miles of class II – V whitewater in New Mexico. Most of our whitewater rafting trips take place on the Rio Grande, one hour north of Santa Fe. Training encompasses the fundamental skills of reading whitewater, precise boat maneuvering, rescues and recoveries, as well as raft rigging, passenger safety, guest / guide etiquette, knot tying, signals, safety techniques, and the finer points of creating safe, enjoyable river trips. The goal of the guide school is to develop the skills necessary to safely guide a paddle raft on Class III Whitewater.
After guide training, select guides who are interested in employment will have the opportunity to gain more experience and confidence by riding along on commercial trips with Kokopelli Rafting’s experienced guides.
Those seeking employment with Kokopelli Rafting will be required to obtain current Basic First Aid and CPR certification. Before employment, a copy of all certificates must be on file with Kokopelli Rafting. They will also need to obtain the BLM-required safety equipment: Type III PFD, river knife, whistle, and throw rope. Participation in the guide school does not gurantee employment, however each year select participants join our regular Santa Fe based seasonal staff.