Raft Guide Program & Intensive Training

Exceptional Guide Training

British Columbia has over 100 rafting rivers, many of which are located in remote wilderness settings where operating and safety standards must be high. Our rivers change daily, unlike many popular dam-controlled rivers around the world. Training on BC rivers prepares you with strong and diverse guiding skills.

REO offers one of the most comprehensive raft training programs in North America. Our instructors are focused and committed to your success. Each REO instructor is a rafting expert and certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Bryan Fogelman, REO's President, sets course standards, selects and monitors instructors and handpicks program participants. You will train on rivers that are among the steepest and most technical that are rafted commercially in Canada. If you want to be a professional river guide or simply become competent in the necessary skills, REO has the right program for you.


A Raft Guide License is a Ticket to Travel

Many of our guides travel the world working as a whitewater rafting guide during our winter months, in destinations such as New Zealand, Chile, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Nepal, Austria, and Africa.

REO's high standards will prepare you to guide almost anywhere in the world.


Two Programs: Choose the best one for you

Program 1: Raft Guide Intensive 2-Week Training
Program 2: Raft Guide Apprenticeship Program 

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Also check out our Custom Whitewater Training Programs



Raft Guide Intensive 2-Week Training

Get an amazing introduction to whitewater raft guiding and rescue techniques during a 2-week intensive training course at REO Rafting Resort. Led by senior REO training trip leaders, this training program includes intensive training on and off river, river familiarization trips, hydraulics theory, and an introduction to Swift Water Rescue Technician training.

 

Select Image to view   Intensive On/Off River Training
Some of the things you will learn on-river are guiding paddle strokes, river commands, safety procedures, and how to manoeuvre a raft while utilizing river features. Off-river you will learn about personal protective gear and equipment, vital rope knots, and safety procedures.

  Hydraulics Theory
In this course you will be taught about hydraulics and how certain features affect the river flow's direction, force and speed.

  On-site Camping Spot
You will be provided a camping spot on-site of our resort. Please bring all necessary camping equipment or inquire about upgrading to a river's edge glamping unit.

  Full Access to Resort Facilities
You will have access to all of our bathroom and shower facilities. You are also welcome to use the hot tub and campfire areas.
 
  River Familiarization Trips
During familiarization trips, you will get to raft different rivers and learn how unique one river is from another. While you will get opportunities to guide the raft, you will also be a paddler and learn the importance of paddling technique and training your crew properly.

  Swift Water Rescue Introduction
Swift Water Rescue Technician Skills are vital to becoming a raft guide. You will get an introduction to SRT through workshops and on/off river rescue scenarios.

  Daily Meals & Snacks
All of your meals and snacks will be provided for you, even when travelling to other rivers away from the resort base. Coffee, tea, and juice are also included.

  Access to Yoga & Activities
We offer 4 daily yoga sessions per day and you can attend any (schedule permitting). You can also visit the private beach, nature trail, and beach volleyball court.

Course Date:

May 2 - May 16, 2023
 

Course Fees:

$2900; plus taxes
 

Deposit:

$500; Balance due April 30, 2023

Previous Rafting & River Experience: Please include river log.
Prerequisites:
 Physically fit, swimming ability, an outgoing personality, a good work ethic, able to communicate in English, and the desire to learn and live outdoors. Minimum age: 16.
Visa Requirement: You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid working holiday visa to work as a professional raft guide in Canada. If you are intending to work in Canada after the course, you will need to obtain a working holiday for Canada.
River Gear: It is encouraged for participants to have their own river shoes, wetsuit, helmet, river knife, and whistle before the course start date. REO can lend gear to those who are missing any of this equipment.


Raft Guide Apprenticeship Program

The raft guide apprenticeship comprehensive program is designed to give participants a more in-depth knowledge of whitewater rafting over multiple weeks at REO Rafting Resort. While also participating in the intensive 2-week training, Raft Guide Apprentices will get additional oar & paddle guide training with the goal of achieving their BCROA Raft Guide Certificate. Instead of paying the course fee upfront, participants will be able to work at our resort to offset the cost. 
 

Select Image to view   Intensive On/Off River Training
Some of the things you will learn on-river are guiding paddle strokes, river commands, safety procedures, and how to manoeuvre a raft while utilizing river features. Off-river you will learn about personal protective gear and equipment, vital rope knots, and safety procedures.

  Hydraulics Theory
In this course you will be taught about hydraulics and how certain features affect the river flow's direction, force and speed.

  Shared Glamping Unit
You will be provided a private bed in a shared glamping unit. You will be provided with linens, however, please bring extras if you prefer and a towel.

  Full Access to Resort Facilities
You will have access to all of our bathroom and shower facilities. You are also welcome to use the hot tub and campfire areas.
 
  River Familiarization Trips
During familiarization trips, you will get to raft different rivers and learn how unique one river is from another. While you will get opportunities to guide the raft, you will also be a paddler and learn the importance of paddling technique and training your crew properly.

  Swift Water Rescue Introduction
Swift Water Rescue Technician Skills are vital to becoming a raft guide. You will get an introduction to SRT through workshops and on/off river rescue scenarios.

  Daily Meals & Snacks
All of your meals and snacks will be provided for you, even when travelling to other rivers away from the resort base. Coffee, tea, and juice are also included.

  Access to Yoga & Activities
We offer 4 daily yoga sessions per day and you can attend any (schedule permitting). You can also visit the private beach, nature trail, and beach volleyball court.

Course Date:

May 2 - June 27, 2023
 

Course Fees:

$5400; plus taxes
 

Application Deadline:

April 20, 2023

View Apprenticeship Fine Details Here

Previous Rafting & River Experience: Please include river log.
Prerequisites: Physically fit, swimming ability, an outgoing personality, a good work ethic, able to communicate in English, and the desire to learn and live outdoors. Minimum age: 16.
Visa Requirement: You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid working holiday visa to work as a professional raft guide in Canada. If you are intending to work in Canada after the course, you will need to obtain a working holiday for Canada.
BCROA guide exam: Included on select dates in late June and July; $ 50 fee for certification documents
River Gear: Apprentices must provide their own river shoes, wetsuit, helmet, river knife, and whistle no later than May 16. REO offers access to wholesale rates on all equipment.
Camping Gear: Apprentices will need their own tents, sleeping bags and personal gear for travel days.


How to Apply

 
  Step 1
Choose the program that you would like to apply for.

  Step 2
Write a cover letter describing your interest in raft guide training and why you think you would be a good candidate.
Apprentices: Fill out a job application
 
  Step 3
Send an email to bryan@reorafting.com! Attach your CV / resume, cover letter, and job application (apprentices).

  Step 4
Wait for our response! We will contact you for an interview.


NOTE: REO training program and the REO Resort are smoke-free, including vaping.
Applicants must meet this requirement to be accepted into the program.

 

 



Custom Whitewater Training

 REO provides custom whitewater training for a diverse market including Fisheries, Search and Rescue staff, Department of Defence, private boaters (preparing for an expedition trip), as well as corporate team-building, cadets, and student groups. REO will organize a custom program that provides key training take-aways including learning to row oar rafts, an intro to paddle raft guiding, introductions to rescue & swift water training, safety & risk management & whitewater dynamics.
 

Select Image to view   Intensive On/Off River Training
Some of the things you will learn on-river are guiding paddle strokes, river commands, safety procedures, and how to manoeuvre a raft while utilizing river features. Off-river you will learn about personal protective gear and equipment, vital rope knots, and safety procedures.

  Hydraulics Theory
In this course you will be taught about hydraulics and how certain features affect the river flow's direction, force and speed.

  River's Edge Glamping
Stay along the river'd edge in one of our famous glamping tents. Our glamping tents feature comfy beds, furniture, all necessary linens, and towels.

  Full Access to Resort Facilities
You will have access to all of our bathroom and shower facilities. You are also welcome to use the hot tub, campfire areas, and any other facilities on-site.
 
  River Familiarization Trips
During familiarization trips, you will get to raft different rivers and learn how unique one river is from another. While you will get opportunities to guide the raft, you will also be a paddler and learn the importance of paddling technique and training your crew properly.

  Swift Water Rescue Introduction
Swift Water Rescue Technician Skills are vital to becoming a raft guide. You will get an introduction to SRT through workshops and on/off river rescue scenarios.

  Daily Meals & Snacks
All of your meals and snacks will be provided for you, even when travelling to other rivers away from the resort base. Coffee, tea, and juice are also included.

  Access to Yoga & Activities
We offer 4 daily yoga sessions per day and you can attend any (schedule permitting). You can also visit the private beach, nature trail, and beach volleyball court.


2-Night Training Program

  • 2-Nights in a river's edge glamping tent
  • 6 Delicious home-style meals & drinks
 
  • 2 Full days completing intensive training
  • Access to resort facilities & amenities
 
  • Sale ends Feb 15. All prices per person.
  • Each glamping unit sleeps 4 people.

Groups of 4

Reg Sale
 $999 $899
 

Groups of 8

Reg Sale
 $949 $849
 

Groups of 12+

Reg Sale
 $899 $799

 

3-Night Training Program

  • 3-Nights in a river's edge glamping tent
  • 9 Delicious home-style meals & drinks
 
  • 3 Full days completing intensive training
  • Access to resort facilities & amenities
 
  • Sale ends Feb 15. All prices per person.
  • Each glamping unit sleeps 4 people.

Groups of 4

Reg Sale
 $1199 $1099
 

Groups of 8

Reg Sale
 $1149 $1049
 

Groups of 12+

Reg Sale
 $1099 $999

 
 

4-Night Training Program

  • 4-Nights in a river's edge glamping tent
  • 12 Delicious home-style meals & drinks
 
  • 4 Full days completing intensive training
  • Access to resort facilities & amenities
 
  • Sale ends Feb 15. All prices per person.
  • Each glamping unit sleeps 4 people.

Groups of 4

Reg Sale
 $1399 $1299
 

Groups of 8

Reg Sale
 $1349 $1249
 

Groups of 12+

Reg Sale
 $1299 $1199


Contact us for additional training days or to book a custom training program!



Fine Print

  • We will be open May 5 - September 10, 2023.
  •  The above rates are per person based on the group size.10% taxes & fees added at checkout.
  • The deposit required to confirm your booking is 15% with the balance due 15 days prior to arrival.
  • If you cancel 15+ days in advance, the 15% deposit will convert to a credit voucher valid until August 1, 2025.
 

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