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Whitewater Rafting Guide Training 101

What Makes Your Whitewater Rafting Trip Unique?

We all know that whitewater rafting is a blast for the entire family, but what is it that makes your trip unique and different than all the others? It’s your guide! Most people say that the guide can make or break your whitewater rafting trip, which is why we have ensured that our guides are some of the best around!

What is Guide Training?

Each year, our new guides undergo an intensive week-long training, to make sure that you have the best experience possible on your whitewater rafting trip. During guide training some of the things our guides learn about include gear management, hydrology, boat and oar control, high water safety, boat order/ spacing, communication, use of paddle crew, birds/ wildlife, and risk management.

Guides then had the opportunity to practice their skills in the field by participating in swim drills, flips, and mock boat ramp drills. They lastly had the chance to ride along with experienced guides before taking on the river on their own.

Knowledgeable Whitewater Rafting Guides

Hard skills are not the only areas our whitewater rafting guides are trained in. In order for our guests to learn about Jackson Hole, the Snake River, and the surrounding area on their trip, our guides study various topics including the History of Jackson, Wyoming State information, the natives to Jackson, the Teton Range, and surrounding wildlife. Our guides may not know everything there is to know about the Snake, but they come pretty darn close! Be prepared to pepper them with any questions that you may have during your whitewater rafting trip, and expect to leave with a whole new plethora of information to take back home to your friends and family. Our guides come from all different backgrounds and would love to tell you about themselves and how they became river guides for Dave Hansen, so don’t hesitate to ask! You can also learn about them before you go by visiting our “Meet the Guides” page. Now that all of our guides are checked off and ready for the summer, let’s get you out on the river so you can see for yourself just how amazing they are!


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