Raft Guide School Class IV May 4th - May 8th

Beginner | Ages 18 & up

Student - Personal Enrichment
College Student

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class IV section of the Upper Kern. Fill out an application on our employment page. Guide School will be held May 4th - May 8th.

Learn to Guide Class IV Whitewater Rafting

Class IV whitewater Guide School is for those who would like to work on the more demanding Class IV section of the Upper Kern for the upcoming rafting season. This Guide School has more intensive training geared toward advanced guide skills, river reading, river rescue, safety, and much more.

Completion of this course is required to commercially guide for us. However, it does not guarantee a whitewater position with Sierra South. You do not have to be interested in professionally guiding to take this course. Many private rafters will take this course to improve their boating skills by learning from professional raft guides. Fill out an application on our employment page.

Schedule & Duration

  • Months of operation: April – May
  • Guide School: TBA; six to seven hours per day
  • Classes begin at 8 a.m.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class 


  • Must be at least 18 years old to be qualified to guide
  • 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!

Additional Information

  • All rafting gear and transportation is provided
  • Some of our trips or 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 whitewater rafting 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.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports

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.

Hours of Operation


Monday-Friday  10 am-5 pm

Saturday-Sunday 10 am- 4 pm


Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

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