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DVORAK'S RAFTING | KAYAK & FISHING EXPEDITIONS Established 1969 | 719-539-6851

Raft Guide Training


BrownsCanyon7Would you like to be able to confidently and safely guide a raft filled with excited paddlers through thrilling rapids on Colorado river trips? Does a summer job or life-long career in the whitewater paddling industry interest you? If so, Dvorak Expeditions (DVK) has an internationally recognized raft guide training program to help you learn the technical skills, strokes and maneuvers needed to become a proficient whitewater rafting guide. If you are already a committed paddler, our training program offers a unique and exhilarating way to learn new skills and experience the water from an entirely different perspective. If you have an interest in boating, but lack prior knowledge or background in whitewater, then this program will provide the tools and training you need to become a competent, qualified, and versatile raft guide on Colorado river trips. As long as you have enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit, DVK river training is the place for you.


Dvorak Expeditions, Est. 1969, is a whitewater rafting, kayak & fishing company that is seeking qualified university students looking for practical office, marketing and guiding experience on Colorado river trips with a leading outfitter. Candidates for an internship in these fields with DVK must submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in this position, as well as personal and employer references.

The persons qualifying for these internships should have superior academic work habits, strong written and verbal communication skills, and describe themselves as a self-starter who knows how to demonstrate initiative with various projects. Ideally, the interns will have room and board provided and the program will require a minimum of a 12 week commitment.

DVK is prepared to supply housing, attendance to our whitewater guide course in May, Colorado river trips, and other attractive benefits, as well as excellent real-world experience in the whitewater outfitting industry. The internships will offer practical experience in a variety of administrative functions including: general office duties, writing, research & analysis, online marketing, blogging & social media, sustainability practices and special events planning. DVK is qualified to work with a candidate’s academic institution to facilitate work/study credit.

The internships are open to all majors, especially those with a concentration in tourism management, recreation & leisure studies, communications, marketing, sustainability and outdoor education. Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter by email to . Questions about this program should be sent via email, as opposed to calling. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dvorak Expeditions has been offering guide and private boater river training for longer than any other Colorado outfitter. If you would like to set yourself a step, page, or bend in the river ahead of all the rest, then DVK river training is what you need. Learn from experienced multifaceted guides and instructors (including Bill Dvorak, consummate Rescue 3 instructor). DVK includes a top-level intro to Swift Water Rescue Course (SRT1) option to every trainee. We also teach valuable camping skills and outdoor cooking on our guide-training course. Come learn how the pros do it, from a company that helped shape the wilderness survival guidelines and techniques for both NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and Outward Bound programs when they were in their infancy.

The basic instructional areas within our guide training and instruction include:

  • Equipment selectionRafting Guide Training
  • Paddle boat and oar boat (rigging, control, recovery)
  • Maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Reading river flows, lines
  • Scouting and running rapids
  • Rescue and evacuation techniques
  • Minimum impact camping

Specific white water skills you will be taught include:

  • Basic and more technical whitewater strokes
  • Ferrying
  • Eddy turns
  • River hydrology
  • River etiquette

Class Levels:

  • Beginner/Intermediate (River Class II-III),
  •  Intermediate/Advanced (River Class III-V).

JOB APPLICATION REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT:  Submit application / resume for review / interview with DVK

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: (CO-UT-WY) River Raft Guide Training - Non Employment 14 Day
River Guide Training & (Individuals “Non” employment training) CO/UT/NM, Multi-River Course (14 Days + Rescue 3 “Swiftwater Course 3 Days)

Available at additional cost: Upgrade of Rescue Technician certification: 3 days
Our paddle school offers; kayaking, rafting, swift water rescue courses and guide training programs are among the best in the country. We are recognized and well respected and want our guides to know that they will receive an excellent, professional training. We do hire skilled guides but require an orientation course and probationary period prior to full-time employment. As a Dvorak guide you will be part of a team offering quality service to the public for more than 42 years. Our staff are a major key to our success and growth. Our Guide Training is open for non-employment on a limited basis. Book early for confirmation and space in the May course.

From $1,350 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: (CO) (UT) (WY)-Professional River Guide Training / Orientation for Employment


Thank you for your request for possible employment on completion of our 14 day professional guide training course. To become a guide with Dvorak Expeditions. We would like to give you some background and an idea of what we are about. We are a corporation established under Colorado and Utah law. The original company was owned by Partners, Inc. and started in 1969. We ran the Partners River Program for six years prior to buying it in 1984. Originally Partners was a non-profit company offering trips for youth of all types — delinquents, school groups, youth camps, scouts, etc. — and had basically expanded to some commercial trips to offset the cost of the social service trips, which was at best break-even. Since 1985 Dvorak Expeditions has maintained its connection with the youth population and has expanded its trip program to a much larger client base, now running nine rivers and 29 different canyons. We have a number of special feature trips and seminars in the program as well.


Our instructional school for kayaking, rafting and canoeing, the Swift water Rescue courses (RESCUE 3 INTERNATIONAL) and Guide Training programs are among the best in the U.S. We are recognized and well respected and want our guides to know that they will receive an excellent, professional training. We will hire skilled guides but require an orientation course and probationary period prior to full-time employment. You, as a Dvorak guide will be part of a team offering quality service to the public. You are a major key to our success and growth.


Professional River Guide Training & (DVK new staff orientation) Guide/Instructor’s Orientation) :CO/UT/NM, Multi-River Courses. Employed guides will also include Rescue 3 International’s certified – Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) course 3 days. On completion of the guide training and evaluations DVK will sign contracts for seasonal guide employment.


Guide Training will take place on a variety of rivers under Dvorak Expeditions. The states are Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming. Rivers: Arkansas, Colorado, Dolores, Green, Gunnison, North Platte, Rio Chama, Rio Grande & San Miguel Rivers. The Classification of these rivers will vary from Class II to Class V. Training and orientation will be in paddle rafts, oar rafts, inflatable kayaks and hard shell kayaks. Multi day trips and environmental instruction will occur per river. Natural history and ecological awareness is also included. Low impact camping and wilderness cooking.


From $750 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM