I got started in river rafting in high school, I was 15 years old and turning 16 in a few months, that May I was invited on a river trip on the Yampa in Dinosaur N.M. on a training trip with Adventure Bound on a five day trip, I never even knew what a river trip was about. I was asked if a I wanted a nice summer job after the trip, I said sure but I would have to quit my job at the grocery store, hard decision, right. My training that summer was a first-aid class, CPR certification, drown-proofing certification(swimming a mile, staying afloat for an hour) than dragging a person across a swimming pool 12 times. Than boat repair and equipment building, from oars, frames, coffins T cargo boxes, wooden floors, nothing was commercially available. Patching material was acquired by cutting up the floors that we removed from the 33 ft. military pontoon's, glue was N7, painted the boats with a silver rubber paint and outboard motor repair. Than my training was done on 28 ft. to 33 ft. pontoon's rafts and 30 ft. J-Rig's, we motored and rowed both. Cat, Deso, Yampa, Ladore, Green and WW were my training grounds. No motors on Yampa and Ladore, though. That's how I was introduced to river rafting and I have never grown up sense. Most of us were teenagers taking down Doctors, teachers, sports teams, etc. down beautiful rivers. Ya, college, training and job got in the way but still guided in my off time though. My passion for river rafting is still with me till this day.