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2023 Raft Guide Apprentice Program

Updated: Jan 2

🌊 Exciting Announcement: Accepting Applications for our Rafting Guide Apprenticeship Program! 🚣‍♀️

Are you 16yrs+ and a thrill-seeker with a passion for adventure and a love for the great outdoors? We have some incredible news for you! We are thrilled to announce the return of our Rafting Guide Apprenticeship Program, designed to ignite your career in the exhilarating world of whitewater rafting! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey filled with adrenaline, breathtaking scenery, and unforgettable experiences! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paddler, we welcome all individuals who are eager to embark on this thrilling journey.

🌟 Advantages of Becoming a Raft Guide 🌟

1️⃣ Thrive in the Great Outdoors: Say goodbye to the monotonous office routine and embrace the freedom of working amidst nature's splendor. As a raft guide, you will spend your days navigating rushing rivers, surrounded by stunning landscapes that few get to experience. The great outdoors will become your office, and every day will bring new and exciting challenges.

2️⃣ Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit: If you're seeking an adrenaline rush and a constant sense of adventure, becoming a raft guide is the perfect choice. Guiding a raft through turbulent waters demands courage, quick thinking, and excellent teamwork. You'll conquer powerful rapids, navigate treacherous currents, and overcome obstacles, all while feeling the rush of conquering the untamed river.

3️⃣ Forge Lifelong Friendships: Rafting isn't just about conquering rapids; it's also about building strong bonds with your team and passengers. As a raft guide, you'll work closely with a diverse group of individuals who share your passion for adventure. Together, you'll face challenges, celebrate triumphs, and create memories that will last a lifetime. The friendships forged on the river are like no other.

4️⃣ Master the Art of Leadership: Raft guiding is not just about navigating rivers; it's about leading a team and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your passengers. Through our comprehensive apprenticeship program, you'll develop exceptional leadership skills, honing your ability to make quick decisions under pressure and guide others through challenging situations. These skills will benefit you in every aspect of your life.

5️⃣ Connect with Nature and Conservation: As a raft guide, you'll witness firsthand the breathtaking beauty of our planet's most stunning waterways. This deep connection with nature will inspire you to become an ambassador for environmental conservation, protecting our rivers and the ecosystems they support. You'll have the opportunity to educate others about the importance of preserving our natural resources and leave a lasting impact.

6️⃣ Thriving Career Opportunities: The demand for skilled and passionate raft guides is constantly growing. By completing our apprenticeship program, you'll gain the necessary skills, certifications, and experience to pursue a rewarding career in the outdoor industry. Whether you return to Rafting NL next season or explore international opportunities, the possibilities are endless.

7️⃣ Unforgettable Memories: Above all, becoming a raft guide means creating memories that will stay with you forever. From the rush of conquering your first rapid to the laughter shared around a campfire, every moment will be etched in your heart. You'll witness awe-inspiring sunsets, explore hidden canyons, and immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world. It's an adventure like no other.

Requirements to join the program

If you can check all of the following, you just might be our next Rafting Guide!

Must be 16yrs+: Sorry, it's just a rule!

Strong Swimming Skills: A rafting guide should be a confident swimmer, capable of handling themselves confidently in fast-moving water and potential rescue situations.

Physical Fitness and Stamina: Raft guiding can be physically demanding, requiring guides to paddle, maneuver rafts, and assist with equipment. Applicants should possess good physical fitness and stamina to handle the rigors of the job.

Outdoor Experience and Wilderness Knowledge: A background in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, or kayaking is advantageous. Familiarity with wilderness areas, navigation, and outdoor survival skills is valuable for guiding excursions in remote locations.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Raft guides need to effectively communicate instructions and safety protocols to passengers, work collaboratively with a team, and provide an enjoyable experience for clients. Applicants should have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Leadership Abilities: A raft guide apprentice should demonstrate leadership potential, as they will be responsible for guiding and managing groups of passengers. applicants need to be decisive, remain calm under pressure, and take charge when necessary.

Risk Management and Safety Awareness: Safety is paramount in rafting. We are seeking apprentices who prioritize safety and exhibit a keen understanding of risk management. Valid first aid/CPR certification is required.

Environmental Stewardship: We are seeking apprentices with a commitment to environmental conservation and an understanding of the importance of protecting natural resources. Candidates should demonstrate a passion for sustainable practices and respect for the environment.

Customer Service Skills: Raft guides often work with diverse groups of passengers. We are looking for individuals who possess excellent customer service skills, patience, and the ability to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere.

You're still reading?!?! Wow, you MUST be interested! Okay, let's get into the finer details...

🙂What you get as a Rafting NL Apprentice🙂

🙂A minimum of three weeks of dedicated rafting training. This will include a minimum of 15 separate rafting trips, or over 90hrs of training on the water!

🙂A guarantied job as a part-time raft guide this summer if you complete your apprenticeship period and develop the necessary skills. Most guides will be ready to work by late July or early August!

🙂A guarantied job for the summer of 2024 as well! If you do well this summer we will give you first access to any full-time rafting jobs that open up for our 2024 season! If full-time work is not available, we will guarantee you a job as a part-time guide! Either way, you'll get paid well!

🙂A VERY fun and respectful working environment. At Rafting NL we accept as a fundamental truth that all people are equally entitled to respect and safety regardless of their gender-identity, ancestry, or beliefs. We are working hard to ensure that we offer a truly inclusive environment for our staff and our clients.

🙂A spot to pitch a tent! If you want to camp onsite you are more than welcome. Just keep in mind you will need to come self-contained. We will provide you with access to proper washrooms, running water, a hot shower, laundry facilities, and free wifi, but you will need to provide your own tent and have a plan for preparing your meals. You will be camping. There is a little space available as well in the fridge for groceries, but only for a couple days at a time. You do NOT have to live on site though! We are a 15min drive from Grand Falls-Windsor or a 10min drive from Badger.

So what's the catch? In exchange for the free training, each apprentice will be required to donate their time for a total of four river trips this season. Your job on the river will usually be taking pictures, but could also be working as a paddler for a trip, or helping transport gear. The unpaid trips will never exceed 6hrs and you will have a maximum of four. Any additional work will be paid. So basically you give us 24hrs of your time in exchange for at least 90hrs of dedicated training and UNLIMITED rafting trips for the season and UNLIMITED use of our canoes and kayaks! Oh, and you also get a paying job! 😉

🎯 Join Our Rafting Guide Apprenticeship Program Today! 🎯

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to turn your passion for adventure into a fulfilling career.

We only have space for FOUR apprentices this year, so apply now!! Just send your resume to and include an interesting cover letter that will give us an idea of your personality and how awesome you are. No pictures, and we will NOT check your social media accounts. We respect the privacy of our team!

Get ready to experience the rush, conquer the rapids, and unlock a world of adventure as a professional raft guide! 🚣‍♂️🌍 G'it 'r dun!

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