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Raft Guide Training Course

Three Rivers Outfitting has been offering Raft Guide Training for over 20 years. The 2019 course will be held from May 16 to May 25. Participants are encouraged to participate in both Raft Guide Training as well as the River Rescue Course (RRC). 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 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 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. If needed, you can check out gear for the entire class: PFD (personal flotation device), neoprene booties, splash top/bottom, wetsuit. After the class, you will need to purchase your own.

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 = $375.00

**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 Dirk Schumacher.

Tentative Schedule for 2019 Raft Class

Each day begins promptly at 8 am, ends at 5 pm, unless noted otherwise. Each day, students should bring lunch (unless noted that it’s included), snacks, plenty of water and extra dry clothes to stay warm or to change into when clothes get wet.

Thurs  5/16

8am-Noon. 1st Aid / CPR

Registration introductions, gear check-out, boat rigging/loading, safety briefing.  2-3 Hour oar trip on the Gunnison. 

Fri  5/17 Morning Paddle Trip(s) on the Lower Taylor,  afternoon paddle trip(s) on the Lower Taylor.

Sat  5/18  Upper Taylor paddle trips guided by instructors then Upper, Middle, Lower Taylor trips with students paddling.

Sun 5/19 Swim Day! Everyone swims in whitewater and uses throw bags. Flipping rafts in pond. BRING EXTRA WARM CLOTHES!

Mon 5/20 Oar trips on the Lower Taylor and paddle trips on the Upper Taylor.

Tues  5/21  Paddle trips on the Upper Taylor.

Wed. 5/22  All day oar laps on the Lower Taylor.

Thurs  5/23  All day paddle laps on the Upper Taylor.

Fri  5/24 (Date may change) All day trip on the Lake Fork, with lunch provided by Three Rivers Smokehouse. Bring extra clothes, water and snacks.

Sat  5/25 All day on the Arkansas River – leave at 7 am SHARP, lunch provided, bring warm clothes/change of clothes, extra snacks, water and tip money for Arkansas guides.

*Schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances.

*Online First Aid/ CPR courses are not valid for river guiding certification in the state of Colorado.

*This course will fulfill the state of Colorado’s Minimum Requirements for river guiding. However, any employing outfitter will likely require you to go through additional training specific to their company operations.




Whitewater Rescue Technician – 2019 Dates TBD

The White Water Rescue Technician Level I course is optional for raft guides but required for guiding our whitewater trips. This physically challenging course will be conducted by Bill Dvorak, a Rescue Level 3 international certified instructor. This course is an intense class containing some classroom instruction and three days of developing and practicing water rescue skills. There is also a night time exercise. The initial emphasis is on developing self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at: safety, line in water contact rescue, handling hazards and obstacles, 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 shoes or hard soled booties
  • Gloves, knife, whitstle, throw bag are recommended but optional
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • Good physical condition
  • RRC pro Certification  $300.00 for 3 Rivers Guides, $330 for those with no 3 Rivers affiliation

Willowfly Anglers Fly Fishing Guide School

Willowfly Anglers at Three Rivers Resort will be offering a professional fly fishing guide school from May 9 to 15, 2019. Course size will be limited to 12 participants to ensure the highest quality experience possible. Classes will run from 8 am to 5 pm each day. Instruction includes some classroom time but most instruction will be on local rivers. 

Why choose Willowfly Anglers Fly Fishing Guide School?

Willowfly Anglers Guide / Instructor

Willowfly Anglers is an Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter and has thrived over 35 years with some of the best guides in the industry. Our guides have over 100 years of combined guiding and instructional experience.

  • We offer a variety of local water not often found in one location: Tailwater, Freestone, Small Creeks and Stillwater (on-site pond and 2 large local reservoirs). The Gunnison and Taylor Rivers may be floated or waded with private access points to both rivers.
  • Equipment is included in the cost: waders, boots, rods, reels, PFD’s.
  • Private water on site and private boat ramps accessing the Taylor River and Gunnison River.
  • Thorough curriculum including: Instruction from an IFFF casting instructor, entomology, ethics, wading, rowing, guide professionalism and client management.
  • Guest Speaker from our local Trout Unlimited Chapter.
  • On site lodging included!
  • Small class size to ensure high quality experience.
  • Large network of outfitters for employment referrals.
  • Great local fishing pre-runoff during May.
  • A head start on the Colorado minimum guide qualifications for those students interested in float guiding in Colorado.
  • Discount offered for the raft guide course (which will fulfill the minimum qualifications for float guiding in Colorado) if registered for both.
  • Opportunities to “fast track” river mile requirements for Colorado’s trip leader status, necessary to float guide on your own in Colorado. 
  • The best value of any guide school!
    Hotels Crested Butte, Gunnison, Colorado

    Lodge Room at Three Rivers Resort

Tuition for the 2019 school is $1460.00 per student and includes 7 nights of lodging, class materials, the use of waders, boots, rods and reels, PFD’s, and a diploma upon completion. Not included are a Colorado fishing license, leaders, tippet, flies, and lunches. The lodging included consists of a hotel-style lodge room at Three Rivers Resort, where the guide school will be based. The room is spacious and includes a queen size bed, fold-out futon, private bathroom and kitchenette (refrigerator, kitchen sink/counter area, small table, toaster oven, microwave and coffee maker).

Float fishing guides in Colorado must meet the minimum state requirements to guide commercially. This guide school course does not fulfill all of the Colorado floating requirements. Any participants wishing to be certified to float must also enroll in the Raft Guide Training course (above). If enrolling in both the Fishing Guide School and the Raft Guide Training course, overall tuition may be reduced by $100.

Completion does not guarantee employment.  As an Orvis-Endorsed outfitter, we have a large network of outfitters to which we can refer graduates for possible employment opportunities. For aspiring float fishing guides who enroll in the Raft Guide course, river miles needed to float fish guide as a trip leader may be accumulated by guiding commercial raft trips for Three Rivers Outfitting while being “on call” for fishing trips in the first year.

Registration closes April 25, 2019. 

Private on-site wading

Topics covered include:

  1. Being a guide: what it takes and what to expect
  2. Conservation and outdoor ethics
  3. Necessary equipment
  4. Entomology
  5. Rigging and knots
  6. Trout holding water and behavior by season
  7. Casting instruction
  8. Rowing for fishing basics and safety
  9. Wading techniques and safety

Required for participation:  Have a valid Colorado fishing license and be at least 18 years of age.

Tentative 2019 Agenda:

Wednesday, May 8th: Arrive, check into lodge room and get settled.

Thursday, May 9th: AM Classroom and Casting/Lunch/PM Classroom and Casting

Friday, May 10th: AM Classroom/Lunch/PM Wading

Saturday, May 11th: AM Classroom/Lunch/PM Wading

Sunday, May 12th: All Day Wading

Monday, May 13th: AM Classroom/Lunch/PM Floating

Tuesday, May 14th: All Day Floating

Wednesday, May 15th: AM floating, PM classroom and class-overview. Final wrap-up.




Offline Enrollment 
To enroll in the Raft Guide or Whitewater Rescue course, click here: Online Raft Course Registration. To enroll in the Fly Fishing Guide School, click here: Online Fishing Guide School Registration. Please fill out the form(s), sign, then fax or mail 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. Do not email us your credit card information. If you intend to work as a raft guide or fishing guide with Three Rivers Outfitting/Willowfly Anglers after you have completed the course, please also send us your job application.

Click here to download a Job Application in Word. Click here to download a Job Application in PDF. Complete it and email it or print the application to complete and send by mail, fax or scan & email. 

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