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Guide School

Course Requirements: Good health and a positive attitude, no prior experience necessary

Dates: 2014: April 5-6, 19-20, & 24-27 (2 weekends followed by a 4-day overnight river trip)

Price: $695.00

Guide School Reservations

At Wet Planet we have an amazing wealth of river experience. Our guides, instructors, and staff have lived and worked in river communities all over the United States and internationally. From ½ day commercial trips to remote multi-week expeditions, our extensive experience and passion for river travel has helped us to become a professional leader in the river sports industry. We love being on the river, and love sharing our river experience with future guides and river travelers.

We offer a full 4 day Owyhee River multi-day raft trip as a part of the Guide School curriculum! Students can now learn the logistics of overnight raft trips, while practicing their guiding and rescue skills throughout the day.

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Wet Planet Whitewater Guide School


  1. To gain an introduction to raft guiding on class III-V whitewater, with a focus on paddle raft guiding, multi-day rafting logistics and oar-rig raft guiding. 
  2. To begin developing solid judgment in the whitewater river environment.
  3. To meet Washington State guiding requirements: 50+ hours of training, as well as First Aid and CPR training and certification.
  4. To achieve a positive and rewarding introduction and immersion into the world of whitewater raft guiding and the community we live, work, and play in.


Optional: to complete a Whitewater Rescue Technician certification through Rescue 3 International

Who is the course for?

For those who wish to seek employment in the river industry and for those who wish to learn the skills needed to captain/guide their own raft, as well as lead and organize a successful multi-day river trip.

Course Curriculum:

  • Fundamentals of hydrology, river terminology, and water reading
  • Technical skills required to maneuver rafts on a whitewater river
  • River safety and communication
  • River etiquette 
  • Basic rescue training including rapid swimming, raft flipping, and throw ropes
  • Guest service, logistics, and dynamics of a commercial (or private) river trip
  • Equipment and gear care and maintenance
  • Risk Management
  • First Aid/CPR training


Rivers Utilized for Training: (depending upon water level)



$695, Included: A 4-day multi-day raft trip on Oregon's Owyhee River, all instruction and course materials, lunch each day (plus all meals on the multi-day trip), any gear and equipment needed, and shuttle to each river.

Optional Guide School Specials:

First Aid and CPR training is offered optionally during the Guide School,with an additional $40 fee.

Optional class V rafting trip on the Wind River offered at a special $65 Guide School rate, discounted from $105, (discount valid only during season in which Guide School was completed).

Whitewater Rescue Training Certification is an optional addition, offered for $195, nearly half off the normal $325 price, (discount only valid for April WRT course in which Guide School was completed).

What to Bring:

Be prepared to be in the river in cold, wet weather. We recommend a dry-suit for maximum comfort. If you don't have your own gear, we can provide pfd, helmet, wet-suits, splash jackets, and booties. We will provide a full packing list for the multi-day portion of the course.


All weekend classes will be based out of the Wet Planet headquarters. You are welcome to pitch a tent and use the facilities. All transportation to and from rivers will be taken care of by Wet Planet. Travel for the Owyhee overnight trip will also meet at our headquarters before embarking as a group to the put-in in southeastern Oregon.

Employment at Wet Planet:

Employment at Wet Planet after successful completion of the course is not guaranteed. Employment with Wet Planet depends upon attained skill level, personal dedication and the company's needs. For those wishing to work in the whitewater industry after the course, we will help you determine appropriate rivers. Please realize that not everyone develops the skills needed to guide a raft in their first season. School graduates may be invited to continue training with Wet Planet on our regular commercial trips, until both you and Wet Planet feel you have sufficient technical skills and are ready to carry the responsibility of guiding a raft commercially.


For more information on our Guide School or to make reservations: contact us! You can also download our Guide School Information Packet, for course details and an Owhyee River packing list.

Check out the article Learn to Raft from the Professionals for more reasons why Guide School is right for you.  


Professional Training

 Course TitleDatesCost
 River Rescue (RRC Pro)May 9 - 11$325
 ACA Kayak Instructor CourseMay 12-16, 2014 - 5 days$500
 River Rescue (SRT-1 & WRT)2014: April 18-20, May 16-18, June 20-22, September 26-28$325 / $370
 Guide School2014: April 5-6, 19-20, & 24-27 (2 weekends followed by a 4-day overnight river trip)$695.00