This is a class for those interested in becoming a Sierra South guide for the Class II - III section of the Upper Kern. Fill out an application on our employment page.
Become a Class II-III Whitewater Raft Guide
Interested in guiding to earn money? This class is for those that would like to guide the Class II-III Lickety Split section of the Upper Kern River for Sierra South’s rafting season. This course gives a beginning rafter the foundation necessary to become a commercial Class I-III whitewater guide. No prior experience is necessary. Fill out an application on our employment page.
Schedule & Duration
Months of operation: March – April
Guide School Tryouts: TBA
Guide School: TBA; 6-7 hours per day
Classes begin at 8 am
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class
Must be at least 16 years old to be qualified to guide
You may be 15 if you will turn 16 in the early part of the rafting season (May – June)
Guides must pass a 1st-Aid/CPR course in addition to guide school; there is an additional charge for this
Must weigh between 50 and 275 lbs.
Please wear shoes that will stay on your feet in the water, such as tennis shoes, water shoes, or sandals that have a heel strap. No flip-flops or bare-feet!
All rafting gear and transportation is provided.
All classes require a minimum number of guests. If participant numbers are not met we will notify you and provide various options for your class to go.
All of our trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions.
You may cancel 45 or more days before your Sierra South trip date and receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee per person. Cancellations made 44 days or fewer before trip date are non-refundable. If you must cancel, please try to find a friend to take your space. All trips go rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to alter or cancel a trip/class due to high- or low-water conditions, other such uncontrollable situations, or insufficient reservations. Only in the case of canceled trips are trip fees refundable. Upon approval by our main office, refunds will be sent via mail. Refunds cannot be granted by guides, nor can refunds be given if you leave a trip or class early for any reason. Sierra South is not liable for other costs incurred in association with a canceled trip. We suggest trip insurance such as Travelguard.com to cover any unexpected situations.
Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. We will attempt to contact you if the minimums have not been met for the activity that you have chosen prior to the trip date. Minimum numbers can be met through one or multiple reservations and can be met up to the day before the trip. You can call 760-376-3745 for up-to-date trip status.
Water Levels Change:
Trips may be substituted or changed due to water level. Potential changes include, but are not limited to the following list: At higher water levels Inflatable Kayaking trips will be converted to regular rafting trips. Some Class IV trips may be converted to Class III trips and Class V trips may be converted to Class IV trips. During lower water levels, some Class IV trips will be rescheduled to our Class II & III trips. End of season trips can also be converted from rafting to inflatable kayaking or tubing.
Responsibility & Liability:
All Sierra South trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. We make every effort to run trips and classes in the finest, most fun-filled manner as possible. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness and to select a trip or class which is appropriate for you. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. It is your responsibility to follow our instructions.
Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian
Click here to view location 11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238
11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238
Sierra South operates under permits issued by: Sequoia National Forest, Klamath National Forest, and the National Park Service/Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Sierra South is an equal opportunity recreation service provider.