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To enroll, click here: Online Raft Course Registration. Please fill out this form, sign it, then fax or mail it to Three Rivers Resort. Be sure to include any deposits indicated in the course description when mailing the form. If you are faxing the form, please fill out the appropriate credit card information on the form. If you intend to work as a raft guide with Three Rivers Outfitting after you have completed the course, please also send us your job application. You can download it here: Job Application
Raft Guide Training Course
Three Rivers Outfitting has been offering Raft Guide Training for over 20 years. The 2014 course will be held from May 19 to May 28, 2014. Participants are encouraged to participate in both Raft Guide Training as well as Swift Water Rescue I. This intense course is held in both classroom and river environments and is recommended for those seriously interested in guiding commercially in Colorado. Classes are from 8:00am to 5:00pm each day, unless otherwise noted. After completing the course, participants will meet the minimum requirements to commercially guide rafts in Colorado. Completion of the course does not guarantee employment.
Course Highlights & Information:
- Equipment orientation, boat rigging, repair, maintenance, and loading
- River dynamics and characteristics of moving water
- River Hazards
- Types, causes, and classifications of rapids
- Self Rescue
- Shallow water techniques
- Introduction to Rope Rescue Systems
- Flipped Boat Recovery
- Commercial Passenger Orientation
- First Aid and CPR Certification
- Life jacket, helmet, splash gear, booties, and wet suit provided
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Cost = $350.00
**If you are already a certified river guide, you will still be required to attend certain days of our raft guide training course and become proficient on our local rivers. There is a fee associated with this training depending on your experience and whether or not you have gained trip leader status. Please call for more information and ask for John ”Vito” Covelli.
Whitewater Rescue Tech/Swift Water Rescue Tech Level I
The White Water Rescue Technician Level I course is optional for raft guides but required for guiding our whitewater trips. It will be held from May 30 – June 1, 2014. For an additional fee, you may gain Swift Water Rescue Technician Level I certification. This physically challenging course will be conducted by Bill Dvorak, a Rescue Level 3 international certified instructor. This course is an intense, 3 day, 30 hour class containing 1 day of classroom instruction and two full days of developing and practicing water rescue skills. The initial emphasis is on developing self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at: control, line in water contact rescue, handling hazards and obstacles, constructing technical rope systems, understanding water dynamics, and using basic rescue equipment. Classes start at 8:30 am.
Equipment Requirements & Course Information:
- Full wet suit or dry suit
- Lightweight helmet
- USCG approved PFD (Type III or V)
- River booties or tennis shoes
- Gloves and fins optional
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Adequate health insurance coverage
- Basic swimming ability
- Good physical condition
- White Water Rescue Technician if associated with Three Rivers Outfitting:
Cost = $345.00
- White Water Rescue Technician if no affiliation with Three Rivers Outfitting:
Cost = $390.00
- Swift Water Rescue Technician:
Cost = $425.00
- Re-certification – 3 Rivers Guides: $172.50
- Re-certification – non-3 Rivers: $195.00
Tentative Schedule for 2014 Raft Class
Each day begins promptly at 8 am, ends at 5 pm, unless noted otherwise.
Mon 5/19 Orientation, check out gear, rigging, loading, float Gunnison, bring extra clothes and a lunch.
Tues 5/20 Lower Taylor oar and paddle trip, knots and ropes, bring lunch.
Wed 5/21 Upper Taylor paddle trip, swimming in river, z-drag, anchors, bring extra clothes and lunch.
Thurs 5/22 Upper Taylor paddle, swimming, throwbags, boat flipping, rescue, bring a lunch and extra clothes.
Fri 5/23 All day on the Lake Fork, two paddle trips. Lunch provided, bring warm clothes. Date may change.
Sat 5/24 All day on Arkansas – leave at 7am, lunch provided, bring warm clothes.
Tues 5/27 CPR at 8:00 am, 1st Aid to follow approximately 10:30 am, 1:00 Upper Taylor Paddle
5/25, 5/26, 5/28 – Lower Taylor trips, bring lunch. You only need to attend 2 of these 3 days.
*Schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances.