Raft Guide Training and Swift Water Rescue 2020

Raft Guide Training and Swift Water Rescue 2020

Become a Guide

A guide needs to be at least 18 years old. A guide must have a minimum of 50 hours of on-river training utilizing paddle rafts and any other equipment that the guide will be using on regulated trips. Of the 50 hours of training, 30 hours will be with a qualified guide instructor aboard the same raft with the trainee. The remaining 20 hours will be with a qualified guide instructor on the same training trip. At least 20 hours of training needs to occur on the river that the guide will be guiding regulated trips or on a river section of comparable difficulty.

Course Equipment Mile Hi Rafting will provide:

-PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
-Helmet
-Water Boots
-Splash Jacket
-Wetsuit

If you have any of the above gear and/or throw rope, carabineers, river knife or whistle, please bring them as they are raft guide tools. If you have your own PFD only type III or type V are acceptable.

Equipment
Rafts, paddles, oars, oar frame, PFDs, helmets, throw ropes, first aid kits, repair kits, wrap kits
Purpose, use, design and construction of items in I. a.
Proper river clothing
Rigging – rafts and vehicles/trailers
Rigging gear for whitewater – “Rig to flip!”
Safety and efficiency considerations
Loading and unloading vehicles and trailers.
Tying down loads and knots
River features
Gradient
Volume
Fundamentals of current
Eddies and eddy lines
Waves
Obstacles
Types of hazards
Types of rapids
Rapid rating scale
Changes in water levels – river morphology
River reading
Scouting
Selecting a course
Private and public property considerations
Raft maneuvering
Strokes for guides
Strokes for guests
Ferrying and ferry angles
Entering and exiting eddies
Using the current and features
Raft control
Guest orientation and safety
Safety talk
Conditions of weather, river, terrain, equipment, travel, housing, vessels that may be encountered
Personal equipment, clothing and gear guests should have
Proper fit, wearing and use of PFDs
Safety procedures for swimming through river rapids and getting back into the boat
How to sit and stay in the raft – demonstrate in paddle talk
Instructions for what to do in the event of an accident
Sanitation, litter prevention and human refuse disposal
Paddle talk
Paddle commands
Power vs. weight, balance
Getting the most from the crew
Demonstrating sitting in the raft and paddle commands
Recognizing high risk customers / trips / situations
Protecting customers from themselves
Trip organization
Spacing
Lead and sweep boats; responsibilities
Trip continuity (watch all boats front and rear)
Stay together
Paddle signals
Trip leader responsibilities
Primary responsibilities
Organization / timing of trip
Evacuation routes
State requirements
Rescue and emergency procedures
Rescue philosophy and decision making
Scene organization and safety for rescuers and bystanders
Throw bag safety, use and practice
On-river hand signals
Knots and gear used
Getting a raft off a rock – Easiest technique first
Rescue equipment and improvising with gear you have
Mechanical advantage rope systems and anchors
Line crossing
Entrapments and low head dams
Contact rescues, swimming, wading
Whitewater swimming
Flipped raft scenarios – righting flipped raft
Line crossing and line ferrying
Upstream and downstream safety
Hypothermia
Boat towing
River etiquette
Guides are held to a professional standard
Downstream boat has right of way unless surfing
Good spacing between companies
How to pass, asking to pass
Respect and quiet for others, private boaters, fishermen, etc.
Leave no trace
Load and unload quickly at put-ins and take-outs

You need to bring:
-Personal camping gear
-Plate/bowl, flatware, cup
-Bathing suit (under wetsuit)
-Rain gear
-Water bottle
-Sunscreen
-Sunglasses (and croakies)
Personal products (toothbrush, deodorant, MEDICATIONS, etc.)
River clothes (fleece, wool, capilene/polypropelene, hats, socks, gloves – Warm Clothes – NO COTTON ON THE RIVER)
-*Camp clothes (two sets of warm dry clothes – cotton okay)

Pricing Chart

Come and join the thrill and excitement of white water rafting!

11 Day Training
May 11th - May 21st
$600/person
  • LEVEL 4 ACA SWIFT WATER RESCUE COURSE

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$89/person
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