Colorado River Rafting Guides

Whitewater Training Courses

Guide Training | Swift Water Rescue | SUP Courses

Whitewater & River Education Courses in Colorado

From beginner to seasoned, we have river education courses for all abilities and skill levels. From our 2-week River Guide Training Program to our 2-day ACA Swiftwater Rescue Course, to Stand Up Paddleboarding Courses, and more. Here at Colorado Rafting Company, we are your one-stop shop for outdoor education, guided tours, and outdoor rentals. Let us help lead you to a life full of adventure!

Swiftwater Rescue Course

Our 2-day ACA Swiftwater Rescue course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

River Guide Training Program

Ever dreamed of your office being outdoors? Make your dream a reality and take a look at our River Guide Certification Program. This 2-week intensive program is ran once every Summer season in early May. It will take you from bottom to top and teach you everything you need to work all across Colorado and all over the world as a certified River Guide. Jump on this one fast as there is limited availability for each course with a maximum of 12 spots available each year. We train on 3 different rivers including the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, and the Blue River and also train on multiple crafts (raft, kayak, paddle board).

Stand Up Paddleboarding Courses

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a fast up and coming river activity and is an exciting alternative to the more common ways to navigate the river. Let us help you further your skills on a SUP from Intro to SUP courses to River SUP Courses we have you covered. 

Our Intro to SUP Courses will teach you the principles of body awareness and balance, propulsion and steering, and board dynamics. The entirety of this course will be spent on a local pond or lake to teach how to safely fall off, remount your SUP board, strategies to deal with challenging weather conditions, how to assist others in need, and more. The progression from these skills would be our 1-day River Course in which we build upon the basics and take it to moving current and through up to Class III rapids. Group or private lessons available. All equipment provided, just bring your swim suit, a towel, and hydration.


Check out our other outdoor activities through our sister company Colorado Adventure Guides!

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