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Raft Guide School Class II-IV May 4th-8th, 2020.

Beginner | Ages 16 & up

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class II- IV sections of the Upper or Lower Kern. Fill out an application on our employment page. Guide School will be held May 4th-8th, 2020.

Learn to Guide Class II-IV Whitewater Rafting

Sierra South’s Guide School is a class for those interested in guiding to earn money? You will first learn to guide the Class II-III section of the Upper or Lower Kern River for Sierra South’s rafting season. This course gives a beginning rafter the foundation necessary to become a commercial Class II-III whitewater guide. No prior experience is necessary. For those who would like to work on the more demanding Class IV section of the Upper or Lower Kern for the upcoming rafting season you will continue with 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 must be invited to attend Guide School, so 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 16 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 100 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

  • A PFD, Helmet and transportation are provided

Reservation Policies

Please see our Reservation Policies Page for details on our cancellation, guest responsibility and liability, accompaniment, minimums, and water levels policies.

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


Open 8 am-6 pm Monday-Sunday


 Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday

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