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. This class 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 mostly on the class III+ Pigeon Point section of the Trinity River and will include a day on some harder, class IV whitewater. 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.
Guide School – 2024 Begins Monday May 13th at 9am and finishes Saturday May 17th around 5pm.
Ages: 16 and up
Swiftwater Rescue Classes to Follow Guide School: May 22-23, 2024
If you are not sure which class to sign up for, please feel free to reach out for any and all questions!
JUNIOR GUIDE CAMP/RIVER SAFETY TRAINING
Mid June each year (usually a weekend or two 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, and having as much fun as possible! Training will include, but isn’t limited to: 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, and more. Each day will include a new on-river game and on-land river guide game. This non competitive 4 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 (or 2) 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 10am and return them to camp between around 4pm. 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. Students are welcome to join for less than the full time at a rate of $135/day.
Junior Guide School – 2024 Begins Friday June 21st at 10am and finishes Monday June 24th around 4pm.
Where: Trinity River hwy 299. Skunk Point campground.*Includes camping
Who: Ashlee Rice ACA Level 4 Instructor
Embarking on the journey of whitewater kayaking is an experience I hold dear, especially since it all began on the enchanting Trinity River. This picturesque waterway not only served as my classroom but also holds a special place in my heart. Its beauty, with scenic landscapes and flowing currents, creates the perfect backdrop for learning and mastering kayaking skills. I’m thrilled to share this passion with potential students, inviting them to discover the joy of navigating the Trinity’s waters while fostering a deep appreciation for the natural wonders that make every paddle stroke unforgettable.
In our whitewater kayaking class, safety and fun intertwine as we navigate the currents of the river. Picture yourself mastering essential techniques, where each paddle stroke becomes a journey of both learning and adventure. Together, we’ll create a supportive environment, sharing experiences, conquering fears, and fostering camaraderie. Join us in embracing the joy of whitewater kayaking, where the beauty of nature aligns with the thrill of acquiring new skills on the Trinity River.
What We Will Learn:
Balance and stability
Maneuvering in rapids
Reading the river
Lessons in hydrology
Roll tune ups
Play and have fun!
This class will focus on class 3 skills such as rolling in current, catching dynamic eddies and making hard ferries. We will cover read and run skills, safety and having fun on the river. This will include playing with features, surfing and boofing.
Expect on land discussions and interactive group work. These will be short sessions before or after our on-water class. This will reinforce our on water work as well as incorporate different learning styles, and give time for more questions.
This class will benefit paddlers who are looking to improve their class 3 skills, be more playful on the river or who are on the cusp of class 3 skills and comfort.
It will help to have a solid foundation of class 2 whitewater skills such as a moving in and out of swift current, a roll in at least flat water and comfortability in class 2 rapids.
Please provide your own gear for this class; the 5 things. A dry suit or something comparable will be necessary given the water temperature and river levels.
*Please inquire if you need any rental gear two weeks in advance.
All kayakers are welcome to join, including inflatable kayakers and pack rafters.
Minimum Age for this Clinic is 18. Younger can attend, but ONLY with Supervision.
What you need: The 5 things +
Dry top/Wetsuit/Splash top
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. Some camping gear can be provided with a small fee, and only with advance notice.
**Food not included. There are two establishments to find food and beverages nearby. Strawhouse Cafe and the Trinity Adventure Park. https://www.strawhouseresorts.com/strawhouse-cafe/
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: $450
Book online or call now 707 599 4221 to reserve your spot in this class!
INTERMEDIATE GUIDE TRAINING
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 – 2024 Begins Monday April 15th and ends Friday April 19th
Call 707 599 4221 to reserve a spot!