Guide Training

Raft guiding is one of the best jobs in the world. It can take you all over the globe and introduce you to so many different cultures and places.

Please Contact our office for further details.  509-548-6800 

Osprey Rafting is the premier company for rafting excursions on the Wenatchee River. As the only "Homegrown" rafting company located in Leavenworth, we are able to give our guests experiences that no other company in the valley can offer. Our exclusive put-in location gives us the opportunity to run the only Class IV rapids above the commercial section of the Wenatchee: Triple Shot and Tinley Falls. Osprey's trips end at a private beach take out with live music on Saturdays and a riverside barbecue lunch for guests and guides.

As the only home grown company in the valley, we have developed a deep knowledge and understanding of the river as well as deep roots in the community. Through our training program, we can help you become a top caliber guide while getting to experience the thrill of running the state’s most sought after whitewater. Osprey guides and trainees receive discounts on all of your river gear. Our senior guides will take you to other rivers to camp and raft during slow times.

Osprey River Guide training teaches: skills to navigate class III, IV, and V whitewater rapids, river rescue techniques, and invaluable life skills. Employment opportunities upon certification. This intense 5 weekend course contains above and beyond state requirements to become a professional river guide. Students will acquire first aid and CPR certification prior to check-off and becoming eligible for employment. Our guide orientation begins in April and ends in May.At the end of course completion you will successfully perform a  “Check-Off Run” when you take your first crew down the river as a competent guide.

Whitewater raft guiding is a fun, challenging way to experience nature, meet people from around the world and develop lifelong friendships. All while earning a paycheck! 

Come explore the river with us and experience the fun of whitewater.

The official class is 8 days then we require 4 more days of shadowing with 4 different professional guides.

The cost of the course is $500.00.

A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. Recreational boaters are welcome to take the course as well. Please be prepared for cold water and cold air.  We will provide you with wet suits and foot wear but you are expected to buy your own gear. We recommend you bring a few layers made of fleece, polypro, llama, wool etc. No cotton.

The first day of class is treated like a regular trip so that all candidates can learn how to work as a crew and conserve as much energy as possible and actually steer the boats.

Teaching your crews effective paddling is the only way to guide. 

The next 7 days you will learn everything you need to know.TThis can be a little overwhelming but it will all make sense when you start your 4 days of shadowing.

When you decide to register we will send you a course schedule and a check off list showing all the areas you will need to be proficient at to qualify for your check off ride.