Sierra South holds an annual guide school aimed at training the next generation of river guides on the Kern River!

Sierra South is the premier Rafting Outfitter on the Kern River and we enjoy setting a high standard for our entire guide team. We pride ourselves on running clean lines and creating a customer experience that has guests returning year after year. For people interested in working for Sierra South either full time or part-time, this free guide school is the perfect opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a successful river guide.

Our 5-day guide school is a rigorous course aimed to give you the necessary skills required to be an outstanding river guide at Sierra South. River experience is always a plus, but do not be deterred if this is your first time on the water! With ample Class II-III sections, the Kern is the ideal place to learn in an environment where it is safe, fun, and challenging. Your instructors will be senior guides at Sierra South. Guides who have prioritized running rivers all over the world, guiding intense sections of whitewater, and people who love sharing their passion with the next generation. Enrolling in our guide school does not guarantee employment. Sierra South will select candidates based on need, skill, and fit within the company.

Please fill out a pre-employment assessment online if you are interested, we look forward to seeing you on the river soon!

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Trip Overview


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Months of operation: April – May

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5 Days; 6-7 hours per day

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Classes begin at 8 a.m.
*Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class

Requirements


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Must be at least 16 years old to be qualified to guide

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Must weigh between 100 and 275lbs.

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Guides must pass a 1st-Aid/CPR course in addition to guide school; there is an additional charge for this

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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!

What to Bring


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Sunscreen

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Water Bottle – Hydration is Essential

We Will Provide


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Personal Flotation Device

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Helmet

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Transportation