Guide Training

2017 Guide Training Class 2017 Swift Water Rescue Course


Dear Interested River Runner,

Thank you for your query about our 2018 Official Colorado State River Guide Certification Course. Our Guide Certification Class will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, May 21th, 2018 and run through Friday, May 25th. We have been training top quality river guides since 1977. We limit the class size to ensure 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 flotation devices. Full certification in First Aid & CPR is also included in 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 PFD’s, wetsuits, helmets, 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 shorts, shoes suitable for rafting, and a lunch every day. Dry clothes for the end of the day are also a must. The course runs Monday thru Friday each week, and if anybody wants to train on the weekends, boats will be available.
Scenic Ricer Tours exclusively offers a full third week of training and practice. While you will have learned all your new skills in the first two weeks, and you will have enough hours to be certified as a rafting guide in the State of Colorado, we think another week on the river really hones your skills and makes you a better raft guide.

There is no extra charge for the third week!

While completing our course does not guarantee employment, we will be hiring several more guides for the upcoming season. Usually, if you want to work for the summer, it works out.
Our company’s goal is to provide the best customer safety and enjoyment possible, so we are looking for service oriented individuals.

The cost of the course is $425. A $225 deposit is required to secure a spot in the course. There is no extra charge for whitewater training, we include everything you need to guide Class I thru III upon completion of this course. You can click on the “Book Now” button to enter your credit card information and secure your spot in the course. This course fills up fast, so we recommend you sign up soon. We work for you during this course and we will show you why the magic of the river is so contagious! We look forward to seeing you on the river! Please call us at 970.901.8158 or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Swift Water Rescue Courses for Guides, Kayakers and Private Boaters | June 10, 11, 12, 2017

(RRC) River Rescue Certification

A DYNAMIC water rescue course is specifically written and designed for private boaters, kayakers, and non-profit organizations! Basic river skills are a prerequisite! Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. Thinking through rescues is also emphasized. This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. Although this course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers; its pace allows for a thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter. The three-day format makes the course more affordable and accessible. This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere! The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers.

Course Prerequisites:

A participant in a RRC course needs to:

  • Be involved in the process of learning to kayak, raft, river board or canoe.
  • Have an understanding of basic hydrology and be familiar with identifying basic features
    such as an eddy, eddy line, standing wave, hydraulic, hole, etc.
  • Have the ability to navigate a craft in a minimum of class II water and therefore
    understand navigational techniques such as ferrying and catching eddies.
  • Have some familiarity with basic rescue equipment such as throw bags and carabiners.

Student Requirements:

In addition to the equipment listed above, students should expect and prepare for the elements with adequate dry, warm clothing; and food and beverages emphasizing sugars and carbohydrates. This is a dynamic and engaging curriculum and will require a full three-day commitment with homework at night. Students need to have a pen, pencil and may want a notebook for further notes.
Observation or participation in all of the activities and a co-signed skills check-off sheet are required to receive the certificate of completion. If a student feels uncomfortable about participating in any activity and simply wishes to observe, the Instructor should be advised. Knowing your own limits is essential to be a safe boater and rescuer, and is highly respected by our Instructors.

This class meets all requirements for the ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Certification.

Certification is good for 3 years, and the cost is $325 per student.

Dry suits are available to rent for $60 for the course. Need to know sizing so we can reserve them.

Instructors Credentials


  • Professional Fire Fighter, EMT, Rescue Technician
  • Denver North Area Tech Rescue Team
  • Colorado Division of Fire Safety Subject Matter Expert
  • 30+ years Paddling Experience
  • 20+ years Commercial River Guiding
  • 15+ years Wilderness Search and Rescue


  • Former owner – KODI Rafting
  • Rescue 3 Swiftwater Instructor
  • ACA Swiftwater Instructor
  • 30 years Paddling Experience
  • 25 seasons in the Commercial Rafting industry
  • 3rd Generation Colorado Native and Colorado Boater