Course at a Glance

River Guide School
June 11 to June 16
Big Bar, Calif.

River Guide School

Sun.-Fri., June 2023

With Michael Charlton

The six-day River Guide School is designed for any person wanting to become a professional or private River Guide. Since 1994, Redwoods & Rivers has provided professional guide trainings with the most qualified, professional, and experienced instructors. The River Guide School enables students to enjoy river rafting as safely as possible, while providing the highest quality hands-on education.

Topics covered include river safety,  boat control, reading whitewater, river anatomy, paddle guiding, swiftwater rescue, equipment use and care, outdoor leadership, team building, natural and cultural history, and outdoor food preparation for groups.

The Guide School is a non-competitive program designed for anyone wishing to gain knowledge of running rivers, and for river enthusiasts wanting to become professional river guides.

Program fee of $900 includes meals, instruction handbook, on river transportation, and all camp and use fees.

Optional credit available for an additional fee.

Sun.-Fri., June 2023 (dates TBA)

For more information or to register, contact Redwoods & Rivers:

Learn more: (800) 429-0090e-mail Redwoods & Rivers

Michael Charlton

Michael Charlton became a professional river guide in 1980. In 1982 he began teaching whitewater guide school and swiftwater rescue. He started Redwoods and Rivers Rafting in 1994. Redwoods and Rivers Rafting is a locally owned business specializing in family and group rafting trips, whitewater guide training, swift water rescue training, white water safety, and team building. Certifications: Grand Canyon River Guide Certification # 786 Swift Water Rescue Training: Rescue III, NAWA, and El Dorado County Sheriff Dept., Sierra Rescue Swift Water Rescue Instructor: El Dorado County Sheriff Dept. 1981-1984