Guide Training


2017 Scheduled Classes
March 12-17, & June 11-16.

Space Limited (Registration Dead-line one week prior to start of class)
Redwoods and Rivers offer private Guide School classes for groups of 8 or more.
Call our office for details.

$700 Fee
Includes all meals, gear, equipment, instruction and camping.

For payment
Please call our office
Use the PayPal link below.
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Training Focus on:
• Boat Control
• River Anatomy
• Reading Whitewater
• Paddle Guiding Techniques
• Swiftwater Rescue Skills
• Equipment Use and Care
• Teambuilding Skills
• Outdoor Leadership
• Outdoor Cooking
Redwoods & Rivers offer specialized guide training for groups and individuals.

Our guides will teach you guide strokes and commands, river safety and etiquette, knot tying, river anatomy all through hands on experience. 

Whether you want to guide commercially or recreational this is the training you’re looking for. 

Teamwork and leadership are constant skills you’ll polish throughout this training.  Instructors use a combination of lectures, manual and video with an emphasis on gaining understanding through practice.

3 units of HSU Extended education REC (480) available for additional fee. Swiftwater Rescue Training is included in this class.

Ask about our work exchange programs for low income students.




"Your Spring Guide School was fantastic! The instruction, food, and friendly atmosphere were all better than imagined."

- Tauno Hauge ~ Guide School Student


“Guide School was so awesome!! I had the time of my life. I will always remember the life long friends I gained and lessons I learned. I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of age and/or whether you want to be a commercial river guide or not. I learned so much about myself, the river, life and I will never forget it. It was worth every penny and every minute!!!”

- Julie Mckinny ~ Guide School Student


"My real exposure to being on rivers came with Redwoods and Rivers. The great bearded and burly Michael impressed me immediately with his knowledge of boating and the outdoors. I was taken care of like a family member. Michael and Wanda were kind and extremely generous. I cannot thank them enough for holding my hand, showing me how to run rivers, employing me and trusting me to do it, and for treating me so well all along the way."

- Kurt Valco ~ Guide School Student