Adventure, travel and exhilarating days on the river are all part of being a raft guide.

Glacier Raft Company is now offering a 10 day Professional and Recreational Raft Guide Certification Course in conjunction with the College of the Rockies.

The College of the Rockies is an internationally recognized Adventure Tourism education provider, and the program we’ve created with them will provide the highest quality certification.

Raft Guide Training Course with Glacier Raft Company and the College of the Rockies

Our guide Jair getting our rafting guests organized before a day of rafting


The Guide Course gives you complete hands on training and will teach you what it takes to be a commercial day trip or expedition raft guide.

It will run from May 16 – 27, 2016 and will be based out of Golden, B.C., but training will take place on a number of rivers to learn about the unique attributes of different water systems. These could include the Kicking Horse River, Columbia River, Kootenay River, White River, Toby Creek, Kananaskis River and Blaeberry River.

Raft Guide with Glacier Raft Company in Golden BC

Our guide Chad going through a safety talk with our guests before rafting on the Kicking Horse River


The Course will be instructed by our most experienced and knowledgeable guides, and upon completion you can take the exam to become an official British Columbia River Outfitters Association Raft Guide

Subjects that will be covered include

  • river hydrology and dynamics
  • river rescue scenarios
  • river navigation
  • emergency management training
  • expedition planning
  • riverside support
  • logistics
  • equipment repair
  • food preparation
  • scouting
  • overnight river camping
  • radio communications
  • guest relations
White Water Rafting on the Kicking Horse River in Golden, B.C.

Senior river guide, Liz, taking guests down the Kicking Horse River


For more information please get in touch! You can email us at, or you can contact the College of the Rockies at

Please feel free to forward this to any aspiring raft guides. We would love to spend time with the next generation of professional river rats!

Cheers from Carmen, Ryan and all the rest of the Glacier Crew