Guide Trainings and Kayak Schools


Mid May each year (usually the week after the local colleges finish finals)
We will teach you all the basics on being a professional commercial whitewater raft guide. Will include outdoor classroom and lots of hands-on practice on the river. At the end you will have to basic knowledge to apply for a job as a whitewater raft guide, and or take your friends and family out safely on the river. Training will include but isn’t limited to how to prep/rig a raft, steering a raft with a paddle, using your crew to maneuver through rapids, avoiding obstacles, hitting holes, reading the river, lines for rapids, catching and using eddies, how to get off rocks, swimming rapids, flipping a raft, hand signals, making lunches river style, how to use a rescue bag, safety and paddle talks, and more. This noncompetitive 5-day class will be done on the class III+ Pigeon Point section of the Trinity River. Free camping and parking onsite at Six Rivers Rafting in Junction City is included as is lunch each day. All rafting gear is provided at no extra charge. Minimum of 1 instructor per every 5 students.

Beginning Guide School – 2023 Begins Monday May 15th at 8am and finishes Friday May 19th around 5pm.

Ages: 16 and up
Costs: $500/person


Mid June each year (usually the week after local schools let out.)
This is for tweens and teenagers (ages 11-17) looking to have fun and learn the basics of guiding a raft and river rescue/safety techniques. It will include an outdoor “classroom” component, but most of our time will be spent on the river with hands on learning about and practicing whitewater river skills. Training will include, but isn’t limited to, rigging a raft, steering a raft with a paddle, using your crew maneuver a raft, reading the river, lines for rapids, eddies, getting unstuck, flipping a raft, hand signals, rescue rope bags, safety and paddle talks, and more. This non competitive 5 day class will be done mostly on class II sections of the upper Trinity River (between Big Flat and Cedar Flat), but will include a day on the class III+ pigeon point section. We’ll rent a USFS group campsite (either Skunk Point or Pigeon Point, depending on availability) and the kids can camp there with a parent or other responsible adult. We’ll feed the kids lunch each day, but you’ll be responsible to providing dinners and breakfasts. Instructors will come pick up the kids each morning at 9:30am and return them to camp around 5pm. Parents are welcome to book day rafting trips with 6 Rivers Rafting during the days, go hiking in the Trinity Alps, or just relax by the river. All necessary rafting gear is provided at no charge. There will be a minimum of 1 instructor per every 5 students.

Junior Guide Camp – 2023 Begins Monday June 19th at 9am and finishes Friday June 23rd around 5pm.
Ages: 11-17
Costs: $500/student

3 Day Whitewater Kayak School

When: July 28th, 29th, 30th  2023

Where: Trinity River hwy 299. Skunk Point campground.

*Includes camping for 2 nights.

***We will meet on day 1 at the 6 Rivers Rafting Office at 38400 CA HWY 299, Junction City, CA 96048***

Who: 6 River Rafting Guests with Ashlee Rice ACA level 4 instructor 

What: WW kayak clinic for class 2 to class 3 kayakers looking to improve and refine your: 

  • Stroke work
  • Balance and stability 
  • Maneuvering in rapids 
  • Reading the river
  • Scouting rapids 
  • Surfing
  • Lessons in hydrology
  • Roll tune ups
  • Build confidence
  • Play and have fun!

 All kayakers are welcome to join, including inflatable kayakers and pack rafters

What you need: The 5 things + 

  • Boat
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Skirt
  • PFD
  • Dry top/Wetsuit/Splash top
  • Good shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camping equipment (tent,sleeping pad, sleeping bag, head lamp)
  • Food, snacks, and drinks (water provided) 

*Please inquire if you need to rent any items at the time of registration.

*Food not included.

Is it for Me?

This whitewater kayaking clinic will be held on predominantly class 2 whitewater, with a possibility of class 3, depending on class breakdowns. Having some prior experience in class 2 rapids is beneficial. A combat roll is preferred but not mandatory. If you are looking to improve your skills on the river this will be an appropriate clinic for you!

Cost per person: $425

Book online or call now 707 599 4221 to reserve your spot in this class!


Mid April each year
This is your chance to take your guiding skills to the next level. We will spend our days running class IV sections of river, focusing on advanced paddle guiding and rowing skills. We will expect that you have basic class II-III guiding skills and will focus our time on being on the river, talking about and practicing skills in rapids each day. Potential sections of rivers include: Cal Salmon (Nordheimer and Butler runs), North Fork Smith, Middle Fork Smith (Patrick’s Creek), South Fork Trinity (3 Bears), Upper Sacramento, Upper Trinity (above the reservoir), and more. Which rivers we run will depend on flows that week. 6 Rivers Rafting will rent campsites for students and instructors to share. We’ll provide lunch each day, but you’ll be on your own for dinners and breakfasts. If you need any gear (wetsuits, splash jackets, booties), we’ll provide it at no charge. There will be a minimum of 1 instructor for every 5 students.

Intermediate Guide Training – 2023 Begins Monday April 10th and ends Friday April 14th

Costs: $500/person
Call 707 599 4221 to reserve a spot!