Originally Posted by Poedunk
I was wondering if some of you guys could point me in the direction of videos that I would benefit in watching. I can read water pretty good. Just need to work on my steering the raft. Any tips or info would be awesome. Wanna be the best I can be.
Poedunk, there is a lot out there that is pretty general and will sort of show you general guidelines.....but the best experience is just getting out and doing it(contrary to what anyone tells you). Commercial boating is quite different from private boating and so there isn't much written down about it, it is a tradition that is passed down differently from company to company. As a guide you are expected to be all knowledgeable, personable, know how to rescue your crew as well as anyone else, have a great sense of humor and tell stories and educate your crew, be a master packer, a chef.....you get the picture. In terms of running whitewater, you will get a random crew and are expected to educate them and get them into form in about 30 minutes and then safely get them down the river. You will have great days, you will have bad days, it is part of the job. Highly recommend boating with the head/lead guides as much as possible and watch what they do, they are who they are for a reason! Above all.....have fun and boat, it is possibly the most fun you will have for a job ever.
Another thought that I just had, if you have local companies ask them about Spring training trips and/or guide camps. They are fun as well as extremely educational and you will get to meet the guides and possibly get offered a job that way.
Ok, rambling at this point. Hope this helps!