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Dinosaur Whitewater Guide School

7 Days from $995
Trip Highlights
  • Essential white water rafting guide training
  • Train on the Green River in Dinosaur NM
  • Learn Swiftwater Rescue Techniques & Leave No Trace
  • Elevate your prospects for getting work as a professional river guide
  • New skills will also include: whitewater navigation, raft-rigging, camp skills, food prep & equipment care
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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Departure Dates

2016: May 9

Meeting Place
Hatch / O.A.R.S. Warehouse – 221 North 400 East, Vernal, Utah

$995* to $1095

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

25% discount off regular price for students with a valid university ID

Deposit: $250

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III18
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Dinosaur Whitewater Guide School

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Taught by professional river rafting guides, our Dinosaur Whitewater Guide School, is designed for those hoping to become a professional river guide, as well as for people who would like to safely guide their own river trips and those simply wanting to learn more about whitewater rafting and the nuances a river journey entails.

This Colorado rafting guide school is ideal for:

  • Individuals interested in working as a professional river rafting guide
  • Parties interested in guiding their own private river trip(s)
  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of whitewater rafting, reading whitewater and river safety
  • Anyone who appreciates experiential learning
  • Folks looking for unusual graduation / anniversary / birthday / Father’s Day / Mother’s Day / honeymoon GIFT ideas

Why sign up for Dinosaur guide school with O.A.R.S.?

  • As the largest and most geographically diverse whitewater rafting and adventure travel outfitter in North America, O.A.R.S. knows a thing or two about rivers and river safety
  • Outside magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Condé Nast Traveler and Men’s Journal have all recognized O.A.R.S. as offering the some of the “Best Trips” on the planet
  • O.A.R.S. has been guiding people on rivers and coastlines worldwide since 1969, including relaxing Class I floats to adrenaline-pumping Class V rivers throughout North and South America to the Class 10 rapids found in the Grand Canyon
  • More than 450,000 guests have entrusted O.A.R.S. to escort them on some of the most spectacular wilderness destinations worldwide
  • We use top-notch, well-maintained equipment
  • Our experienced, well-rounded guides are personable, approachable and the best in the business
  • We set the gold standard in safety
  • We are committed to treading lightly on the environment
  • You need not have outdoor experience, we’ll show you the ropes
  • Our trips involve small groups: we have the best guide-to-guest ratio in the business (1:4) ensuring personal attention

For the 7-Day Dinosaur Guide School, one price includes:

  • Class III whitewater rafting
  • Guide training
  • Jeff Bennett’s book, “The Complete Whitewater Rafter”
  • 6 nights riverside camping and a 2-person shared tent (You may bring your own sleeping bag/pad or rent them from O.A.R.S.)
  • Meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 7
  • Rafts and related river equipment, including paddles, helmet, PFD/lifejacket
  • All transfers

An example of our whitewater guide training course content:

  • Reading whitewater
  • Maneuvering rafts
  • Various stroke techniques
  • Knot tying
  • Raft rigging
  • River signals
  • How to communicate with your crew
  • The basic logistics of a rafting trip
  • Camp - setting up, food preparation, minimum impact strategies
  • Tying up and anchoring boats, so you know they’ll be there in the morning
  • Wildlife - what to do about those pesky critters
  • Swiftwater Rescue Techniques
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Emergency River Procedures
  • 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

Raft Guides for Hire

Don’t want the fun to end? If you do well in our Dinosaur Whitewater Rafting Guide School, we just might consider asking you to stay on as an O.A.R.S. guide. (We do give preferential consideration to our guide school graduates.) Click here to complete our online guide application.

As the paddle sports industry evolves (smaller companies are disbanding, guide retention rate is shrinking due to fewer opportunities) working within the rafting industry has become increasingly competitive. O.A.R.S. requires skilled guides and seeks a higher proficiency rate of its crew. This guide school is a critical first step to river guiding and may provide an opportunity for you to get your foot in the door with a well-established organization with itineraries spread throughout North America, South America and Fiji.

Authorized Concessioner

Hatch River Expeditions, Inc. is an
authorized concessioner of Dinosaur
National Monument.

O.A.R.S. is proud to donate 1% of sales from this trip to the National
Park Foundation to help protect our parks and get more kids outside!

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Average Temperatures
Month High Low
April 65° 33°
May 76° 41°
June 87° 48°
July 94° 55°
August 92° 53°
September 81° 44°
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May 50°
June 55° - 65°
July 65° - 70°

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222