Want to join the fight to help preserve and restore
California’s rivers? Want to help in a fun and exciting way? A great way is to
become a river guide for FOR’s River Volunteer Outreach Program. As a guide you
will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about California's wild rivers,
to get involved with the efforts to protect these wonderful waterways and to
share your passion and knowledge with the public!
Our Basic Guide Training is a course for those who are both
new to boating as well as private boaters who are looking to get involved with
the community and help spread the word about the rivers we love. (now accepting
applications for summer 2015 guide training link). NOTE - Our application deadline is extended to May 1st!
The Volunteer Outreach Program is supported by 200+ river
activists and whitewater guides who are dedicated volunteers for Friends of the
River. The Volunteer Outreach Program strives to enhance public awareness about
rivers and water resources, to make river running accessible and enjoyable, and
to raise money to support Friends of the River's statewide river conservation
and water policy reform efforts.
| Volunteer Outreach Program River Advocate & Whitewater Guide Training
The Friends of the River Volunteer Outreach Program sponsors
guide training at the basic and advanced levels. Basic training teaches you how
to be a competent and safe Class III Whitewater Paddle Guide while teaching you
to be an effective advocate and activist as well. Classes are conducted both on
river and off. On shore classes include seminars on conservation issues, river
hydraulics, safety and rescue information, trip organization, and much more.
Our training program is performed at cost in order to be as affordable as
possible. In return, the Volunteer
Outreach Program asks that you make a volunteer commitment to help save the majestic
rivers of the California.
The fee for the guide training course for 2015 will be $475.
Commercial companies charge up to $900 just for the raft guide training. With FOR you will also get conservation-river
advocacy training and learn about swift water rescue! This program is operated
at a loss - your fees just cover our costs to run the whitewater training (i.e.
food, camping, and required river user fees).
If you are interested in applying, please download and
complete the application and email it to us as soon as possible - this class is
expected to fill rapidly.
We plan to accept 10-15 candidates for the 2015 session and
are only looking for conservation minded individuals who enjoy spending time
outdoors and educating the public (previous rafting experience is not a
requirement). We will notify applicants of our decision within three to four
weeks of the application deadline. You must be a Friends of the River member to
participate, so join today!