Spring 2024 Training Opportunities for Outfitters and Guides

As spring approaches, it's time to refresh your training, whether for personal development or for your guides. Numerous outfitters provide in-house guide school programs, while some go the extra mile by collaborating with organizations like the IRF, ACA, and others to offer enhanced training opportunities.

Along with these options, consider the America Outdoors Managers Academy, as well as risk management opportunities from Responder Alliance, Recreation Law Group and NOLS.

If you have a training program, don't hesitate to share it with us for potential inclusion.


PDX Raft 

Location: White Salmon, WA

Advanced Kayak Workshop $ 200: May 3-4

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED: $85: May 3, May 31

Guide School: Provisional International Rafting Federation awards levels II/III: $600: May 20-24

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Workshop: Guide, Trip Leader, and Safety Kayak Certification levels II-IV : $450: June 1-3

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Recreation Law Group 

Location: Remote

Digital Critical Incident Response Training

Date: Any time (asynchronous) 5-6 hours of training

Price: $179 per student

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Responder Alliance

Location: Remote

Date: Any time (asynchronous), 3-4 hours per course

Price: $135 per course

  • Stress Injury Awareness for the Individual
  • Incident Support for Traumatic Stress
  • Psychological First Response for Rescue
  • Stress Injury Awareness for the Team

Note: AO members receive a 10% discount on membership with Responder Alliance. Contact us to get more information. 

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ACE Adventure Resort

International Rafting Federation (IRF) Guide and Trip Leader Workshop

Location: New, Gauley, Meadow, Cherry Rivers in West Virginia

Dates: May 27, 2024 – June 2, 2024

Price: $450 – first three days of raft guide/safety craft workshop

$750 – Includes two additional days of Trip Leader workshop

$1050 – Includes two additional days of Instructor workshop

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Cascade Raft

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 —$485

May 17-19

June 21-23

July 19-21

August 9-11

Note: Cascade Raft offers Class III guide school and Wilderness First Aid courses. See website for details.

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Far Flung Adventures

Level 4 ACA Swiftwater Rescue Course

Location: Prado, NM

Full Course: May 17-19th

Recertification: May 19th

Price: Full 3-Day Course: $425 | ASWR Recertification: $199

Note: Far Flung also offers Paddle and oar boats guide training. See website for details

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Northwest Rafting Company

International Rafting Federation (IRF) River Guide Workshop

Location: Hood River, Oregon, USA

Dates:  April 7-9th (WAITLIST ONLY) and May 21-25  - 3 or 5 days

Price: $850

Note: Also offers Class III Rowing, Class IV Rowing, Class III Safety & Rescue and custom options. See website for details.

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Northeast whitewater

Location: Shirley Mills, Maine

Registered Maine Guide Training Course: $350 materials; May 3-5

Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide Training Level 1: $425; May 16-27 (2 weekends)

ACA Swiftwater Rescue: $259; May 18-19

Wilderness First Aid $209 materials; May 11-12

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Helfrich river outfitters/ desert mountain medicine 

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Location: Salmon, ID

Dates: May 20-24, 2024

Cost: $825

Note: Desert Mountain Medicine has a long list of WFA, WFR, WFR Recert, and EM classes available to see here.

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Online Risk Management Training

Location: Remote

Dates: May 7-9

Cost: $850

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America Outdoors

Managers Academy

Location: Remote

April 10-11

Cost: $245 members / $345 non-members when you register by March 15

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Strand Squared 

Trauma Informed Death Notification

Location: Remote, On-demand (or custom)

Cost: $100

Note: Also available: ethics course, private DEIB course and more

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Inclusive Summit

Location: Remote

April 24

Cost: $99

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