River Guide School

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Learn from the river experts! Gain the skills needed to work as a professional river guide or competent private boater.

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Private Instruction

Dates: June 3,4,5,6
Location: Blackfoot & Clark Fork Rivers
Cost: $400


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The ZTS Guide School is designed for participants who have caught the “river bug” and want to take that excitement to the next level. During this 5 day course, participants will gain the skills needed to work as a professional river guide. All of our instructors are professional river guides with swift water rescue training and extensive experience guiding both locally and internationally.

Our goal is to provide a fun, safe, and comfortable learning environment for all participants where challenge by choice is encouraged. Guide School not only teaches fundamental river skills, but it also provides participants with an opportunity to stretch their comfort zone, building skills in teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and communication.

Quick Facts

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  • All instructors have whitewater rescue training and extensive guiding experience
  • Fun, experiential, hands-on learning
  • Course is ideal for participants who want to work as a whitewater professional
  • Location depends on river conditions/goals
  • Participants not guaranteed a spot on ZTS staff
  • Private courses available for groups/companies
  • Class II-III whitewater

What You Bring

  • Personal river gear (PFD, Helmet at a minimum)
  • Dry suit with Synthetic layers OR Full wetsuit
  • Closed toed river shoes or booties
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Dry clothes

What We Provide

  • Boat
  • All necessary whitewater equipment
  • Instructor
  • Transportation

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