RIGS has offered its Colorado State River Guide Certification Course since 2002 and provided the most extensive guide certification course, with the highest level of certifications, available in the region. Your instructors have been training top quality river guides since 1991 and look forward to sharing their experience with you. Your lead instructor for this course is Owner, Tim Patterson. Tim has 20 years experience in training Professional River Guide and has worked commercially on the Arkansas River, Gunnison River, Colorado River (Grand Canyon), Salt and Verde Rivers, as well as several rivers throughout Guatemala - C.A. Several additional RIGS Certified Guide Instructors will join us throughout the course providing a diverse level of skill, technique, and experience.
*NOTE: If you are specifically looking for Rowing/Oar Boat Training, please consider our: ROW Course - Oar Boat Skills (including Float Fishing), as an aspect of your Guide Certification (separate cost). Participants who are signed up for our River Guide Certification Course, will receive a $100 discount if adding the ROW Course to their training and be more valuable to the RIGS Team by being versed in multiple skill sets! Inquire for further details.
On the first morning of training, you will be provided a River Guide Training Log Sheet, which must be signed by your Instructor. This log sheet details the amount of training hours necessary to commercially guide river trips in the state of Colorado. After successfully completing the course, you will have the opportunity to be "signed off" by a Certified Trip Leader, allowing you to legally guide commercial rafting trips throughout the State of Colorado. Small course size ensures a great learning environment and plenty of personal attention. We will be on the river all day, every day, and cover all aspects of river running and commercial guiding. The course will cover all topics required by the State of Colorado for commercial guides including: rigging and maneuvering, river currents, eddies & waves, river hazards, types and causes of rapids, running & scouting rapids, river rescue & emergency procedures, minimizing outdoor recreation resource impacts, proper fit, wearing, and use of personal floatation devices. Immediately following our Guide Certification Course, we will host (with separate instructors) the following course is required to be a guide: First Aid & C.P.R. (additional $100). *Payment for these additional components must be made directly to the instructor, prior to the course.
This is a physical course, running class I through IV rivers. You will be required to carry rafts, flip boats, swim in the river, and be generally active. We will provide all necessary equipment including P.F.D.'s, helmets, paddles, etc. We will provide transportation and take care of all shuttles. If you have personal boating gear, bring it with you and we will determine its suitability. You will need clothing and footwear suitable for rafting (Chaco, TEVA, KEEN or similar wet shoes or booties) and a packed lunch everyday. Dry clothes for the end of the day are also a must. While completing our course does not guarantee employment, we will be hiring for the upcoming season and employment requires all of the above mentioned certifications. Our company's goal is to provide the best in customer safety and an energetic personality - we are looking for service oriented individuals.
Introduction to Equipment, Trips, Regulations & Company History
This day will consist of familiarizing ourselves with our equipment, reviewing the diverse sections of water, State Requirements and Regulations and history of the RIGS operation.
Lower Uncompahgre River Introduction (Boating all day)*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access and conditions.
San Miguel River Introduction (Boating all day)*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access and conditions.
San Miguel River (Boating all day)*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access and conditions.
San Miguel River (Boating till early afternoon, then Gunnison Gorge Pack-Out for following day)*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access and conditions.
San Miguel River (Boating All Day)*Each day is subject to change/location: dependent on water flows, access and conditions.
Job Description: Rafting Guide
Guide a raft with clients:
Instruct generic rafting skills to clients both on and off the water:
Maintain safety of raft and equipment:
Demonstrate river rescue skills:
A 50% deposit is required to secure a spot in the course - advanced online registration required. This course fills up fast and is limited in size, so we recommend you sign up asap. Please keep in mind, successful completion of this course is a requirement for employment at RIGS. We look forward to working for you during this course and providing you with the most comprehensive Official Colorado State River Guide Certification Course available anywhere.
*PRIOR EXPERIENCE GUIDES: Regardless of your prior experience level, already Certified Guides will be required to participate in portions of the training course in order to access your ability level and to learn the rivers in which you will boat this coming season. (If you already have prior commercial river training, please provide us a copy of all River Logs, Licensing, Certifications, Resumes and Documentation to us on to be considered for employment.) Most documentation - Training Logs (even out of state) will be applicable to your Colorado Certification and will help lessen the amount of training in which you would otherwise be required to participate in.
RIGS Rafting/Adventure Guide Protocol
Pre-Trip Guide Requirements:
Start of Trip:
End of Trip:
WHAT TO BRING: River Gear! Dress to swim some very cold waters and be exposed to the outdoors for the entire day. Dry top/bottoms or Paddle top/bottoms, wetsuit (if available), Warm fleece or wool layering (2 sets), sturdy river sandals (Chaco’s) or neoprene booties, gloves and hat, dry bags, chair (crazy creek or similar), notebook, pen/pencil, etc.
BE PREPARED for each day’s activities! * Please Pack a Lunch for each day, break time will be limited and more often than not, lunch will be eaten on the water. We will issue a Dry Bag/Backpack for the Gunnison River Sections.
Reservation Policy: A 50 % deposit is due at time of reservation, with the remaining balance due 48 hours prior to trip departure. At this point your trip is considered non-refundable.
If we are unable to obtain authorization on your credit card and cannot reach you, your reservation will be considered void. A confirmation email will be sent to you at the time of payment confirmation. It is the client’s responsibility to reconfirm receipt of all details contained in the reservation confirmation email including: trip location, meeting/departure times, appropriate attire, and expectations.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made prior to 48 hours will forfeit a cancellation fee of $20 (per person). Cancellations that occur within 48 hours of trip departure, will be considered non-refundable. Cancellations must be received via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a written response confirming the cancellation. This policy applies to all fly fishing trips, regardless of reasons for cancellations – no exceptions. We are not responsible for cancellations due to weather conditions, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, medical emergencies, or other unforeseen conditions which may hinder our ability to safely conduct a trip.
We reserve the right to modify or reschedule any trip if last minute water levels, weather conditions, or other circumstances arise which are beyond our control. If these circumstances arise, we will provide an alternative location, if a suitable alternative is not available we will provide a full refund.
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