Enroll in NOC’s Raft Guide School where your classroom is the river! These fast-paced training programs provide you with the skills necessary to work as a professional river rafting guide. Work for commercial outfitters, camps, clubs, schools and more. NOC pioneered raft guide school as a place to get training from the top raft guides in the nation. You can learn to become a professional river guide at NOC’s Nantahala River headquarters, in western North Carolina.
Enroll in NOC’s Raft Guide School by calling 800.232.7238 or book it now online using the secure reservations system!
In your week of fun with NOC’s raft guide trainers, you’ll learn:
• Reading whitewater
• Maneuvering rafts
• Stroke techniques
• Knot tying
• Raft rigging
• River signals
• How to communicate with your crew
• The basic operations of a rafting trip
And crucial safety aspects of whitewater rafting like:
• Basic River Rescue
• Equipment Maintenance
• Risk Management
• Emergency River Procedures
This five-day course begins with dinner on Sunday evening and ends with dinner on Friday. Lodging in our Basecamp facility is included in the cost of the course, with check out on Saturday morning. To supplement your professional training, a Wilderness First Aid course precedes or follows most raft guide schools.
Join our Team
Do well in class and you might even be asked to join the NOC guide team! Preferential consideration will be given to graduates of Guide School for summer employment at NOC. Please note: If you have already applied to work at NOC, you are not automatically enrolled in Raft Guide School. Please call or click the booking widget above to make your reservation. There will be an option for students to continue their education with NOC the weekend before or after their course by signing up for a Wilderness First Aid or CPR course (at an additional cost).
• February 26- March 3
• March 5-10*
• March 12-17*
• March 19-24*
• March 26- 31
• April 2-7
• April 9-14
*These dates coincide with Spring Breaks in the area. If you are not a student seeking employment with NOC after completing Guide School, we kindly ask that you choose another week (if your schedule is flexible) to allow students the opportunity to participate. All Guide School courses cover the same skills and materials. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to hosting you.
**Guide School Participants who become NOC Guides are eligible for reimbursement over the course of 3 seasons.
To discuss alternate payment options please call 828-488-7222.