Garett Sobotka

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Wherever the water is.

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Giving people a taste of being on the water.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike, or camp and what makes it special.

Pipeline Rapid, James River, Richmond, VA. Perfect surf and hangout spot in low water summer and plenty of juice when high water comes.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Always know your lines.

What can you not live without while at work or on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding/trip memory.

Running a 20-foot dam called Boshers.

About me…

I love water activities in all of their forms; even frozen.