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Old 07-06-2009   #1
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How to become a rafting guide?

In the past I've traveled the pathetic little Deleware River and never thought much of it. But recently I rafted the Puacuare river in costa rica and it was the most incredible thing I've ever done. I decided that it would be a good job (not a profession but for summers and stuff) that would be very exciting. I'm already a certified life guard but am curious to know about the certifications involved to become a rafting guide. additionally, if i were to work as a rafting guide outside the US, would there even be such restrictions/ qualifications? Like if i went to work on the puacuare river, what would i need to do etc?

thank you so much and also, please include if you know if you can be a minor and still be able to work as a guide. thanks!

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Old 07-06-2009   #2
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I think you can do it here in colorado at age 18; most companies do their own internal training early season for new hires.

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Old 07-06-2009   #3
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Send my friend Alex a "PM". (screen name: Airborne2504) He just got his cert a few months ago. He'll be able to give you some good info! Good luck!!


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I've known people under 18 who've guided in Cali (Kern, I think). Don't know the legal logistics of it though.
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Old 07-06-2009   #5
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wear a Hawaiian shirt, wear chaco's, put lots of beaners and ropes on your safety vest, get a helmet cam so you can helmet cam grizzly to 2rivers, maybe a couple cheasy tattoos, and act like you know EVERYTHING about rivers and safety and ur set.

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Old 07-06-2009   #6
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Old 07-06-2009   #7
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If your in New York, you need to be first aid and cpr certified. There are only 5 rivers that require a guides license. You need to have 5 trips down each river that you want a license endorsement for. After that you can sign up for the test, it isn't to hard. The New York State outdoor guides association has a rendezvous every spring that has all of the classes you need and they also give the test. Here is their website.

NYS Outdoor Guide Association: New York State Guides Adirondack Guides Catskill Guides Central New York Guiding

Here is the New York DEC website. They can answer any questions you have.

Licensed Guide Program - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

I hope this helps...
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Do lots of 12oz curls...
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I believe Shlitz, Turkey legs, no access to soap or shampoo, a healthy appitite for alchohol and possibly the ability to swim are in order...if you have those down you are ready to guide on the Arkansas.
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Learn to shower infrequently. Oh, and mastering couch surfing is essential.

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