Guide Training

The Redwoods and Rivers’ Guide School is a non-competitive course designed for anyone wishing to learn the skills of guiding rivers safely. This 6-day training is a terrific opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence on the river in a supportive, constructive environment. Teamwork and decision-making are constant themes throughout the school.

The guide school is a combination of lectures and on-the-water training, emphasizing gaining experience through practice. Skills covered include river anatomy, hydrology, boat control, and swift water rescue techniques. Other subjects covered are natural and cultural history, leave no trace camping, outdoor leadership skills, and outdoor cooking for groups.

Pricing and Course Material

Fee: $950
Includes all meals, gear, equipment, instruction manual, use, and camping fees.

This class is approved for three units of credit REC (480) through Humboldt State University’s Office of Extended Education—for an additional fee. Swiftwater Rescue Training is also included in this class.



For registration email [email protected]


A link to a registration form will be sent to you to fill out


Class size is limited, and the registration deadline for scheduled classes is one week before the
start of class.


Ask about our work exchange programs for low-income students.

Group Trips

Redwoods and Rivers can schedule private guide school classes for groups of six or more. For more deals, please call the office at (800) 429-0090.


"Guide School changed my life in so many ways. Thank you, Redwoods and Rivers, for giving me not just "river lessons" but "life lessons."
Bryan C.
Guide School Student
"Going to guide school is absolutely one of the best choices I've made in my adult life, and it was a precious time with memories that I cherish. I hope to do it again one day soon. "
Saundi H.
Guide School Student
"I want to thank you for the wonderful experience Redwoods and Rivers provided my son, Colby Contreras. He can't stop talking about his experience and all that he learned. He also mentioned what wonderful people he met and that he made a new family while there. I could tell from the moment I dropped him off he was in good hands, and it showed the day I picked him up with his ear-to-ear smile and his slight resistance in wanting to go home."
Ruben Contreras
Parent of Guide School Student
"Guide School was so awesome! I had the time of my life. I will always remember the lifelong friends I gained and the 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