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Working As a River Rafting Guide

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $61,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A River Rafting Guide does

  • Led river trips and coordinated river safety, trip logistics, and provisions.
  • Facilitated team building activities to assist in group bonding and cooking meals for large groups.
  • Entrusted with the safety of passengers through whitewater rapids Educated guests on both the history and natural history of the river canyon
  • Hike long distances over rough and uneven terrain in adverse weather conditions.
  • Performed swift water rescues when necessary and assisted other rafts in emergency situations.
  • Washed and dried trip rental gear and life jackets, answered any following questions about the company and the Arkansas River.
  • Equipped guests with proper fitting safety equipment.
  • Worked over 10 trips as the trip leader.
  • Guide leader and Adult First Aid/ CPR/ AED Certified.
  • Trained in First aid, CPR, and white water rescue.
  • Performed rescue operations multiple times, safely retrieving guests who had been pitched overboard.
  • Lead guests and fellow guides through rapids and calm water carefully.
  • Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Guide Instructor.
  • Survived Class III-V rapids daily with hard work, team work, and perseverance.
  • Learned about natural environment and history of area and share the knowledge with guests.
  • Guided customers down the Nantahala river.
  • Arrange shuttles for trips and pack meal trips for the day.
  • Trained first year guides in river navigation, safety techniques, client relations skills.
  • Shared local history and folk-lore.
  • Maintained great sense of humor and cooperative attitude in dealing with co-workers and guests.

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River Rafting Guide Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Mountain Guide 3.1 years
River Guide 2.8 years
Outdoor Guide 2.2 years
River 2.1 years
Guide 1.8 years
Top Careers Before River Rafting Guide
Internship 11.9%
Server 8.8%
Cashier 5.6%
Guide 5.0%
Volunteer 4.7%
Manager 4.5%
Cook 3.6%
Waitress 3.6%
Technician 3.6%
Hostess 3.2%
Teacher 3.2%
Instructor 3.2%
Bartender 2.9%
Top Careers After River Rafting Guide
Internship 11.1%
Server 10.7%
Guide 5.9%
Cashier 5.4%
Volunteer 4.6%
Manager 4.4%
Owner 3.9%
Instructor 3.7%
Teacher 3.5%
Technician 3.5%
Leader 3.3%
Bartender 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
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$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$122,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aramark
Highest Paying City
Coloma, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a River Rafting Guide make at top companies?
The national average salary for a River Rafting Guide in the United States is $61,535 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real River Rafting Guide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Whitewater Raft Guide ERTT, Inc. Eagle, CO May 03, 2016 $38,004
Raft Guide Clear Creek Rafting, LLC Idaho Springs, CO May 05, 2016 $27,027
Raft Guide Clear Creek Rafting, LLC Idaho Springs, CO May 01, 2015 $26,275
Raft Guide Clear Creek Rafting, LLC CO May 01, 2014 $26,108

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Top Skills for A River Rafting Guide

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. CPR
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Briefed participants on safety procedures.
  • Provided excellent customer service while ensuring each individual had a memorable and safe experience.
  • Certified in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, Emergency Injection.
  • Tail Guide, River Raft Guide, ATV Guide, Ran Gift Shop/Gas station, Management, Maintenance, Customer Service
  • Demonstrated a positive attitude and assisted the trip leader and other guides in other tasks as needed.

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Top 10 Best States for River Rafting Guides

  1. Alaska
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New Jersey
  5. Delaware
  6. West Virginia
  7. New York
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Maine
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River Rafting Guide Demographics

Gender

Male

66.1%

Female

26.7%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

70.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.3%

French

15.9%

German

9.1%

Italian

6.8%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Polish

2.3%
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River Rafting Guide Education

Schools

Western Carolina University

7.7%

Appalachian State University

7.2%

Colorado State University

7.2%

East Tennessee State University

6.3%

University of Montana

6.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

6.3%

Shepherd University

5.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.3%

Fort Lewis College

5.3%

Oregon State University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

4.3%

University of Mississippi

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%

University of Maine

3.4%

Western State College of Colorado

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

University of Utah

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.4%
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Majors

Business

13.6%

Biology

9.2%

Environmental Science

9.2%

Psychology

7.4%

Kinesiology

7.0%

Recreation Management

7.0%

Natural Resources Management

5.0%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.7%

Political Science

3.5%

Geology

3.3%

History

3.3%

Marketing

3.3%

Fine Arts

3.1%

General Studies

3.1%

English

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Civil Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.0%

Other

20.1%

Masters

8.1%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Updated May 19, 2020